According to reports, a hacker illegally gained access to 10 new episodes of Netflix’s hit show Orange Is the New Black and has shared them over the Internet after attempting to blackmail Netflix into paying a ransom.
Other than Orange is the New Black, the hacker has stolen XXX: Return of Xander Cage, It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia and Season 1 of Bill Nye Saves the World.
These shows were scheduled to be released by Netflix from June 9 onwards.
The hacker claims to have also stolen shows from cable networks including ABC, National Geographic, and FOX.
Netflix has spoken to Entertainment Weekly regarding the incident, saying that it was “aware of the situation”. The company claims that a production vendor used by many large TV studios had its security compromised and that relevant law-enforcement entities are taking action.
The FBI too has been involved in the investigation that began in late 2016 when the shows were stolen.
The hacker who identifies as The Dark Overload had previously targeted hospitals and other healthcare institutions. On April 29th, a message was released by the hacker on Pastebin, scolding Netflix for failing to pay the demanded ransom.
To make matters worse, the hacker has allegedly provided evidence to cyber security news site Databreaches.net that proves that the hacker has 34 more unreleased shows and films.
Experts and security officials worry that the cyber-attack may inspire other hackers to do the same. It is well-known that pirated content that is yet to be released causes the greatest monetary damage to media companies.