Orange Is the New Black
Orange Is the New Black.
It appears that Hollywood’s hacking nightmare is not yet over. The hacker group The Dark Overlord, which uploaded 10 unverified episodes of Orange Is the New Black Season 5 over the past few days, has reportedly come into illegal possession of another three dozen additional series and films including Portlandia and XXX: The Return of Xander Cage. According to Variety, many of the remaining titles listed have already been released by their networks, including the debut run of Bill Nye Saves the World and the most recent season of It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia.
Much of Orange Is the New Black Season 5 leaked online through illegal file-sharing service The Pirate Bay this past weekend, after Netflix refused to pay The Dark Overlord their requested ransom. While the authenticity of the episodes released remains unconfirmed, fans have been discussing them in online forums and major (potential) spoilers already abound—especially notable since the series ended on its biggest cliffhanger to date last season. (Its official return date remains June 9.) On Friday, Netflix released a statement to 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.”
As per DataBreaches.net, a cybersecurity blog reportedly previewed on the matter, Dark Overlord was able to steal these episodes and movies from Larson Studios, a post-production company. Their attempt to solicit money from Netflix and Larson failed, however, and they have indicated they may now try to extort additional networks such as IFC and FX as a result. (All networks aside from Netflix either declined or did not respond to Variety’s requests for comment.) It’s unclear how this will shake out in the coming days, but on Sunday night, The Dark Overlord’s unverified Twitter account provided an ominous note: “It’s nearly time to play another round.”
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Samantha Bee attending Not The White House Correspondents’ Dinner.