If you could watch the new season of Netflix’s Orange is the New Black before the June 5 premiere date, would you? You may have that chance — a hacker made good on his threats yesterday and released the first 10 episodes.
A hacker (or hacking group) calling themselves “The Dark Overlord” tried to shake down the streaming giant. As proof, they claimed to be responsible for the pilot’s leak. (The season 5 pilot had already shown up on file-sharing sites.)
The Dark Overlord requested a ransom of “tens of thousands of dollars,” according to The Hollywood Reporter. The group demanded the ransom be paid in “electronic currency” — we’re not sure the exact currency, but BitCoin doesn’t seem far-fetched. (Though, in our hearts, we really hope it’s DogeCoin.)
Netflix didn’t budge — they told Deadline: “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.” The FBI is investigating.
Though there’s no confirmation of yet, Variety speculates the production vendor in question was Larson Studios, a Hollywood ADR studio. ADR stands for “Automatic Dialogue Replacement” — also called “looping” — where actors re-record dialogue on a show or movie.
The Dark Overlord put out a press release on anonymous text sharing service Pastebin. (We’re not including a link to the press release as it includes the torrent link.) They announce that though they’ve released the first ten episodes, there are thirteen episodes in the series. They said: “Perhaps Netflix will consider releasing the season earlier now that the cat’s out of the bag?”
The statement also says they have content from other major networks:
We’re not quite done yet, though. We’re calling you out: ABC, National Geographic, Fox, IFC, and of course Netflix, still. There’s more Netflix on the feasting menu soon (in addition to the other studios, of course), but we’ll get to that later. Enjoy the fruits of our labour.
They then proceed to taunt Netflix:
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.
P.S. Enlightening us in regards to the quality of the so graciously released materials is most futile. If you’re not satisfied with our release, you’re more than welcome to release your own episodes of “Orange Is The New Black” – Season 5. Reuploads and seeders are welcome.
It’s currently unknown what series The Dark Overlord has, however a source told Variety Ron Howard’s new National Geographic series Breakthrough may be one.
Netflix makes decisions on programming based partially on how many streams a show gets. Thus, if you want more Orange is the New Black, it’s best to wait until June.