Hackers late last week released what appear to be episodes of the upcoming season of Orange Is the New Black, allegedly after Netflix didn’t respond to the hackers’ ransom demands.
Known as @thedarkoverlord, the hacker or group of hackers released what they say is Season 5 of the popular show, and they continue to threaten networks such as ABC and Fox on Twitter. Netflix said in a statement 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.”
The new season of Orange Is the New Black was set to premiere June 9, but 10 episodes popped up online over the weekend. Netflix has not commented on whether the episodes are legitimate, but fans on social media seem to be convinced.
With digital media—and increasingly traditional media—readily available online, the incident underscores how privacy and security must extend to any outside vendors that networks use.
It’s now up to Netflix, and potentially other networks, to decide whether to push up the premiere date of the hacked show or release it as originally planned. It’s unclear if this leak will hurt streaming numbers for the hit series as some fans would rather wait to watch it legally than downloading it ahead of time.