An anonymous hacker, who claims to have the unreleased episodes of popular Netflix and other media network shows, leaked the coming season – ‘Season 5’ – of popular Netflix original series ‘Orange Is the New Black. The hacker leaked the unreleased episodes of the show on Saturday after saying that the video streaming giant failed to meet their ransom requests.
We’re not playing any games anymore: Hacker
The hack seems to have occurred at the postproduction company Larson Studios. Larson Studios is a popular digital-mixing service in Los Angeles for movie studios and television networks. The group of hackers or the hacker goes by the name “thedarkoverlord” and claims to have stolen unreleased content from several other media networks as well including Fox, National Geographic, ABC, and IFC.
In January, the FBI – the Federal Bureau of Investigation – came to know about the hack at Larson Studios but it did not begin notifying the content companies until a month ago. Larson Studios was not immediately available for comment on the matter. Thedarkoverlord suggested on Twitter that other networks would have their shows released next. The hacked added, “Oh, what fun we’re all going to have. We’re not playing any games anymore.”
In 2017, the video streaming service announced that the Season 5 of “Orange Is the New Black” would be released on June 9. We were not certain if the video streaming giant was planning to move up the release date. The streaming giant said in a statement, “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.”
Ransomware attacks increasing in the past five years: Report
According to The New York Times, “The thefts are the latest in a long line of ransom and extortion attacks perpetuated by cybercriminals over the past year.” The publisher further said that the security experts have been responding to breaches with greater frequency. In the breaches, the hackers threaten to leak or delete any proprietary information unless a certain amount of ransom is paid to them by the company.
The attacks have hiked up in the past half-decade since the launch of bitcoins. According to a data breach investigations report – which was published by Verizon last week – cyberattacks, including threatening to expose any information, increased nearly 50% last year in comparison to 2015.
Thedarkoverlord censured the video streaming service for not meeting its blackmail requests. The message said, “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.” The statement further said, “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.” *Rolling eyes* Merciful they sure are.
Now the only question is how the FBI is going to catch these hackers and when.