You can’t look at the news without hearing about hacking. Let’s face it, we live in a digital world and as more and more information is in the cloud, the more it is susceptible to exploitation. Hell, there are those that think the most recent presidential election was hacked, so the idea is totally in the air. As our banks, our Facebook accounts, and everything else is vulnerable to hacking, so is the entertainment industry, and not just celebrities’ nudes. The most recent high-profile hacking done was when Sony was hacked, revealing all sorts of details about the movie studios. It looks like there’s a new hack, and this time, there are demands.
Over this weekend, the hacking group, The Dark Overlord tweeted a ransom note to Netflix (which has since been deleted) threatening to release 10 out of the 13 episodes of next season’s Orange Is The New Black for an undisclosed amount of money. Netflix prides itself on security, they don’t even release their streaming numbers has since alerted the authorities about the breach, and there is an active investigation into the matter. Dark Overlord, of course, upset they didn’t get their ransom, released a statement:
“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.”
The 10 episodes are now on illegal file sharing sites, ahead of the June 9th release date for the next season of the show. Netflix is narrowing down the source of the leak and confirming that a small production company in Los Gatos, California is most likely responsible. Dark Overlord also stated that Netflix is not the only company on their radar.
“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.”
Netflix is not planning on releasing the show ahead of schedule, despite it being released online. Hopefully, this doesn’t cost anyone their job (it probably will) and Netflix doesn’t once again raise their prices as a means to combat cyber terrorism.
Source: TV Web