A hacker claims to have stolen the newest season of Netflix’s hit Orange is the New Black. The hacker is demanding Netflix pay a ransom – or else.
An anonymous hacker claims to have released pirated episodes of Netflix’s popular series “Orange Is The New Black” after the company did not pay what the hacker termed a “modest” sum to avert the leak.
The hacker, self-titled “thedarkoverlord,” announced via Twitter that episodes 2 to 10 of the series’ fifth season — set for official release on June 9 — had been leaked on Saturday. The announcement included links to a file-sharing link where the episodes purportedly could be downloaded.
“You’re going to lose a lot more money in all of this than what our modest offer was,” the hacker wrote, referring to Netflix and “Orange Is The New Black,” a streaming series focused a woman serving a criminal sentence in a minimum-security federal prison.
In an apparent warning to the other companies, the hacker added: “There’s still time to save yourselves. Our offer(s) are still on the table — for now.”
USA TODAY was not able to confirm the hacker’s claims. ABC and Fox declined to comment on Sunday, and the other companies did not immediately respond to emails seeking their position. The FBI similarly did not immediately respond to a voicemail seeking comment.
However, Netflix earlier said that a production vendor that works with major TV studios had suffered a breach. Netflix characterized the incident as an “active situation” that was being investigated by the FBI and other authorities, the Associated Press reported.
Some fans of the show appeared to indicate they had successfully downloaded the material in Twitter posts responding to the hacker’s claim.
“Season 5 is amazing and I can’t believe it works,” tweeted Cody Thomas, who added: “You Are Our Saviour. Enjoying the show!”
Others tweeted requests for the hacker to pirate and leak additional popular content.
If the leak proves to be genuine and continuing, the pirating could impose a negative drag on earnings and subscriber growth for Netflix (NFLX).
Earlier in April, the Los Gatos, Calif.-based company said it added 4.95 million new subscribers in from January through March, slightly below Netflix’s projection of 5.2 million new subscribers. The number fell well short of the 6.74 million additions for the same period last year.
Overall, Netflix added 1.42 million new U.S. and…