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

Hacker leaks ten stolen episodes of
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."


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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23 Comments

1. Phonehex

Posts: 751; Member since: Feb 16, 2016

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

2. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 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.

3. Arch_Fiend

Posts: 3944; Member since: Oct 03, 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.

31. krystian

Posts: 423; Member since: Mar 16, 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.

5. ph00ny

Posts: 1994; Member since: May 26, 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

7. Phonehex

Posts: 751; Member since: Feb 16, 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 !

8. zenun12

Posts: 205; Member since: Oct 31, 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.

12. NarutoKage14

Posts: 1306; Member since: Aug 31, 2016

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

14. xondk

Posts: 1904; Member since: Mar 25, 2014

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

10. xondk

Posts: 1904; Member since: Mar 25, 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.

27. Scott93274

Posts: 6025; Member since: Aug 06, 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.

4. diggie32

Posts: 388; Member since: Apr 03, 2016

Never cared much for this feminazi show.

6. tedkord

Posts: 17133; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

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

9. southernzombie

Posts: 352; Member since: Jan 17, 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.

16. partylikeaninjastar

Posts: 26; Member since: Jun 11, 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.

17. L0n3n1nja

Posts: 1521; Member since: Jul 12, 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.

19. xfire99

Posts: 1205; Member since: Mar 14, 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.

20. PHYCLOPSH

Posts: 640; Member since: Jun 28, 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!

21. kiko007

Posts: 7491; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

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

22. PHYCLOPSH

Posts: 640; Member since: Jun 28, 2014

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

24. talon95

Posts: 985; Member since: Jul 31, 2012

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

25. CitizenX

Posts: 41; Member since: Jun 27, 2014

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

32. tokuzumi

Posts: 1821; Member since: Aug 27, 2009

I'm just going to wait to watch it when it is released by Netflix. I'll occasionally torrent something, but I watch almost everything through either Netflix or YouTube.

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