The threat of piracy always remains with the original content and even Netflix couldn’t remain safe. Some hackers, who claimed to have the stolen copies of the upcoming season of Netflix’s Orange Is the New Black, threatened the online entertainment giant to release them if the ransom amount wasn’t paid. It turns out that the hackers have already uploaded the show on a torrent site.
Netflix had scheduled the release of the fifth season of Orange Is the New Black on June 9. A report by Variety says that the first episode of the fifth season was uploaded on a torrent website on Friday, while the complete season 5 was uploaded on Saturday morning months before its scheduled release. We could not legally confirm the authenticity of that uploaded file.
According to another report by NDTV, the hacker, working the name The Dark Overlord, claimed in its ransom note to have compromised the movies and TV shows of other studios as well. The data was stolen by attacking a single company, which, according to Netflix, is a small production vendor that works with several major studios.
Netflix said in a statement on Friday: “We are aware of the situation. A production vendor used by several major TV studios had its security compromised and the appropriate law enforcement authorities are involved.”
They called it an ‘active situation’ and informed that FBI and other authorities are investigating into it. The hacker has threatened to release other titles as well of a modest ransom isn’t paid.
The report also mentions that Netflix is expecting to add as many as 3.2 million subscribers between April and June with the help of Orange Is the New Black alone. This estimate is much higher than their average gain of 1.8 million subscribers for the same period over the past five years.
Orange Is the New Black is Netflix’s most-watched original series, as informed by the company’s executives when it was being renewed last year for season 5, 6, and 7. The leaked show can cause severe damage to Netflix’s subscriber growth and stock price.