A hacker that goes by the name The Dark Overlord carried out an earlier threat to release episodes from the upcoming season of “Orange is the New Black,” the Netflix original series, if certain demands were not met. The first 10 episodes were reportedly uploaded to the file-sharing site Pirate Bay.
According to Variety, the episodes two through ten were shared just before 6:00 a.m. ET on Saturday, totaling approximately 11.46 gigabytes of data. The premiere episode was released by The Dark Overlord the day before.
Season five of the popular show was scheduled to release on Netflix on June 9, though there is speculation that the streaming giant may move the release date up now that the majority of the episodes have been made public.
The entire series has not been released, as the full season includes 13 episodes, and The Dark Overlord stated only having access to the first 10.
Netflix isn’t the only station under fire, as the hacker also claims to have unreleased shows from other networks including ABC, Fox, IFC, and National Geographic. It appears the shows were acquired during a cyber attack on the post-production studio Larson Studios that occurred in late 2016.
The Dark Overlord claims the timing of the attack is why only 10 of the 13 episodes of “OITNB” were acquired, as the final installments were not available at the time.
The hacker reportedly demanded an undisclosed sum of money from Netflix and, when the funds were not provided, subsequently released the episodes and posted a message regarding the release.
“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,” wrote the hacker. “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.”
In the message, The Dark Overlord issued a threat to other networks whose content was allegedly stolen, saying, “There’s still time to save yourselves. Out offer(s) are still on the table – for now.”
None of the other ransom amounts have been disclosed at this time.