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Hacker leaks ten stolen episodes of "Orange is the New Black" after Netflix fails to pay for them

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Part of Netflix's success on the mobile front is its ability to come up with original shows. The streaming video site drops a whole season's worth of shows at one time which you can view anywhere thanks to the mobile app. But the digital world we live in isn't all puppy dogs and rainbows. A hacker recently stole unreleased episodes of Netflix's original comedy hit "Orange is the New Black," which takes place in a woman's prison."

After unsuccessfully getting Netflix to bite on his monetary demands, the hacker reportedly released the first ten episodes of the comedy series' fifth season. The shows appeared just before 6am EDT this morning as 10 files totaling 11.64GB was discovered on file-sharing service The Pirate Bay. The complete season of shows was scheduled to be released by Netflix on June 9th, but there is talk that the video streamer will move up the date in light of the hacker's actions.

The hacker also claims to have stolen unreleased content from ABC, Fox, National Geographic and IFC that was obtained illegally after a computer attack on Larson Studios back in late 2016. The latter handles post-production tasks for certain shows. In a message sent from the hacker today, he/she claims that his demands to Netflix were modest compared to the amount of money that Netflix will lose. He also warned other networks that previously made offers are "still on the table-for now."

"It didn’t have to be this way, Netflix. You’re going to lose a lot more money in all of this than what our modest offer was. We’re quite ashamed to breathe the same air as you. We figured a pragmatic business such as yourselves would see and understand the benefits of cooperating with a reasonable and merciful entity like ourselves. And to the others: there’s still time to save yourselves. Our offer(s) are still on the table — for now.-"Message from hacker who stole 10 episodes of  Orange is the New Black"

As for Orange is the New Black, the show has already been renewed for the next two years. The fifth season is comprised of 13 episodes, three of which were not available when the cybertheft took place.

source: Variety

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posted on 29 Apr 2017, 14:17 7

1. Phonehex (Posts: 308; Member since: 16 Feb 2016)

This isn't right , This is pure extortion and mafia like activity.

posted on 29 Apr 2017, 14:22

2. trojan_horse (Posts: 4647; Member since: 06 May 2016)

Extortion you say.
Well, you gotta weigh in your options between what is at stake to lose versus what there is to gain in situations like this.

Netflix apparently couldn't weigh it's options and it'll end up losing more than what it could have gained through non-compliance to the hacker's demand. This sucks.

posted on 29 Apr 2017, 14:38 13

3. Arch_Fiend (Posts: 3367; Member since: 03 Oct 2015)

They won't lose anything really, gotta figure that most people that watch orange is the new black already has Netflix, it's not like Nextflix will lose money just because a show of theirs has been release early. They did the right thing by not paying imo, now hackers know that Nexflix doesn't give in to demands and they would just be wasting their time hacking them to demand a ransom.

posted on 30 Apr 2017, 11:44

31. krystian (Posts: 423; Member since: 16 Mar 2016)

Yep, and by allowing them to release it, it will be easier to find them by law enforcement. Netflix will still have the same monthly subscribers. Not like people will stop subscribing because a show got leaked early on the internet. Most of those people may not even care to get the pirated copy to see it early and will just wait as it's not that far out. Anyone who is searching for episodes probably doesn't have a netflix account anyways and if the other episodes didn't convince them i dont think newer ones will convince them to join.

posted on 29 Apr 2017, 14:47 3

5. ph00ny (Posts: 1471; Member since: 26 May 2011)

Comply with them once is like saying go right ahead and do the same in the near future right? There is no good option here. No matter how much money/profit netflix is making, this is theft and they should be caught and punished accordingly

posted on 29 Apr 2017, 15:31 4

7. Phonehex (Posts: 308; Member since: 16 Feb 2016)

Its just plain blackmail/Extortion and a serious crime , if this continues a lot of the techworld will start being held at ransom for various reasons. This is a crime and the criminals need to be dealt with swiftly and real hard !

posted on 29 Apr 2017, 15:58

8. zenun12 (Posts: 175; Member since: 31 Oct 2016)

Well, they could make their servers more secure next time and Hackers(the ones with personal intent to destroy society) should be stripped off of their access to the internet. They should be given an Atari 2600 as a game console, a tabulating machine for a computer, a Kodak that uses film for a camera, and stones for tablets.

posted on 29 Apr 2017, 16:52 1

11. izim1 (Posts: 1243; Member since: 04 Feb 2013)

Netflix isn't losing anything. It isnt a network that makes revenue off of commercials. Netflix shows always end up online. It's not like someone was going to sign up just to watch this season of this show. Or drop them because now they can torrent this season. Either they were watching on Netflix already or they were torrenting the show already. The only one losing here is the audio company that had the leaks, in future business. Netflix was absolutely right in not paying. And these kids should consider themselves compensated if they simply make it without getting caught.

posted on 29 Apr 2017, 17:49

15. xondk (Posts: 1904; Member since: 25 Mar 2014)

Actually they are, however little, I know several people alone, that have netflix only for specific series and will unsubscribe while the series is waiting for a new season.

How much they lose is of course up in the air, but if people really enjoy a series they shouldn't download it that's my point. Of course netflix shouldn't pay, but people that download it, also encourages the hackers, because however small it will hit netflix.

posted on 29 Apr 2017, 18:11

18. izim1 (Posts: 1243; Member since: 04 Feb 2013)

So these people you know, didn't know what torrenting was, before now? They didn't torrent the prior seasons of the show but are going to now torrent this one?....

Every single "netflix original" content can be found on torrent sites. People that torrent, don't subscribe to a service only for a particular content. And people that subscribe to a service for a particular content, don't torrent.

posted on 29 Apr 2017, 19:22

23. xondk (Posts: 1904; Member since: 25 Mar 2014)

Never said that, I'm simply saying that if you enjoy something you should support it. And by supporting the hacker they are only encouraging them, that is really all I say.

posted on 29 Apr 2017, 17:07 3

12. NarutoKage14 (Posts: 854; Member since: 31 Aug 2016)

Paying these hackers means that you lose more than just the money you pay them.

posted on 29 Apr 2017, 17:47

14. xondk (Posts: 1904; Member since: 25 Mar 2014)

Of course they shouldn't pay, my point is if people wanted to support the series they like, they shouldn't download it.

posted on 29 Apr 2017, 16:43

10. xondk (Posts: 1904; Member since: 25 Mar 2014)

Nope, not right, but the real problem is the people that now will download said episodes, rather then watch them on netflix, actively supporting and encouraging their actions.

I don't blame people for wanting to watch, but yeah, if you enjoy a show, you should support it, rather then not, will likely just mean the series might end where it might had intended to continue.

posted on 30 Apr 2017, 03:45

27. Scott93274 (Posts: 5348; Member since: 06 Aug 2013)

I agree with you 100%. I have no respect for people that do this. I have netflix and will wait for the show to be released before the wife and I watch this upcoming season.

posted on 29 Apr 2017, 14:42

4. diggie32 (Posts: 257; Member since: 03 Apr 2016)

Never cared much for this feminazi show.

posted on 29 Apr 2017, 17:19

13. izim1 (Posts: 1243; Member since: 04 Feb 2013)

I do crossfit

posted on 29 Apr 2017, 15:04 2

6. tedkord (Posts: 13863; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)

Why do scumbags think it's ok to steal other's property and profit from it. I hope someone steals his computer equipment.

posted on 29 Apr 2017, 16:38

9. southernzombie (Posts: 133; Member since: 17 Jan 2017)

Just another example of the screwed up world we live in. Demanding a ransom for something you stole and then acting like Netflix is the one who is in the wrong.

posted on 29 Apr 2017, 17:51

16. partylikeaninjastar (Posts: 10; Member since: 11 Jun 2014)

Lose money how? By losing viewers? They won't. I haven't heard of anyone not binging this show. Nobody is going to binge ten episodes then happily wait for the remaining three.

posted on 29 Apr 2017, 17:55

17. L0n3n1nja (Posts: 421; Member since: 12 Jul 2016)

Torrents are a pain in the ass these days, do it on a home network and get notified by your ISP of you do it again they'll cancel service, happened at the last place I lived when my roommate torrented a movie.

Also I'm shocked piratebay is still around, they've been shut down more than once that I remember.

posted on 29 Apr 2017, 18:36

19. xfire99 (Posts: 934; Member since: 14 Mar 2012)

Netflix losing money? Subscriber are paying monthly fee and Netflix won't lose money even the eps were released earlier. Free commercial for Netflix.

posted on 29 Apr 2017, 18:45 1

20. PHYCLOPSH (Posts: 534; Member since: 28 Jun 2014)

Stories like this make me feel all warm and fuzzy inside. This hacker is a true hero, Robin-Hood-status. Netflix is arguably a terrorist organization with their region-specific blackouts on media that their subscribers have fairly paid for their rights to access. I don't need to say much about the other big studios mentioned, a wart-ridden bunch of thugs running those places producing pure rotted garbage for the most part...
F*** those guys.

Power to the people!

posted on 29 Apr 2017, 18:55

21. kiko007 (Posts: 5218; Member since: 17 Feb 2016)

Sigh... some people just wanna watch the world burn.

posted on 29 Apr 2017, 19:13

22. PHYCLOPSH (Posts: 534; Member since: 28 Jun 2014)

Now now, kiko my son.. There's a difference between watching the world burn and watching people burn on it.


posted on 29 Apr 2017, 20:14

24. talon95 (Posts: 737; Member since: 31 Jul 2012)

They won't lose any money or customers, this is probably just good publicity.

posted on 29 Apr 2017, 22:50

25. CitizenX (Posts: 27; Member since: 27 Jun 2014)

Who cares about Netflix!? Should spend more money on security than producing more mind numbing garbage.

posted on 30 Apr 2017, 00:54

26. izim1 (Posts: 1243; Member since: 04 Feb 2013)

Netflix wasn't hacked. It was a post-production company. Should spend more time actually reading the articles than commenting more mind numbing garbage.

posted on 30 Apr 2017, 08:51

29. CitizenX (Posts: 27; Member since: 27 Jun 2014)

Who said it was hacked scemo? You know what security is right? Lol

posted on 30 Apr 2017, 11:32

30. izim1 (Posts: 1243; Member since: 04 Feb 2013)

Netflix security didn't fail, junior. You can't understand that?

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