• Hacker ‘The Dark Overload’ claims to have stolen Season 5 of the hit series
  • The hacker is threatening to release the series to file sharing services unless paid
  • Netflix says that a small production company it worked with was breached
  • The new episodes were scheduled to debut June 9
  • Netflix is counting on the show to increase its subscriber base

Netflix’s popular show about female criminals is the victim of a cybercriminal who claims to be holding the upcoming season hostage.

A hacker claims to have stolen the new season of the hit series ‘Orange Is The New Black,’ and is demanding that the video streaming service pay an unspecified ransom to prevent all the new episodes from being prematurely released online.

The hacker, operating under the name The Dark Overlord, has already purportedly uploaded the first episode to an illegal file-sharing service. The Associated Press could not legally confirm the authenticity of that uploaded file.

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Fans are looking forward to the new season of Orange is the New Black, but they might possibly see it sooner than expected if a hacker’s demands aren’t met

New episodes of Season 5 OITNB are scheduled for official release on June 9.

Netflix said that a small production vendor that works with several major TV studios had suffered a breach. The Los Gatos, California, company described it as an ‘active situation’ that’s being investigated by the FBI and other authorities.

Netflix said it is aware of the situation.

Pirated copies of hit show about a minimum-security women’s prison in Connecticut could dent Netflix’s subscriber growth and the company’s stock price.

In the ransom note, The Dark Overlord claimed to have stolen series from other studios, too, by breaking into a single company. The purported hacker promised to also release those titles unless ‘modest’ ransoms are paid.

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Orange Is the New Black cast (above) won the Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series award in January

Rumors of a massive leak of Hollywood films and TV episodes have been circulating online for months, fed by purported screenshots of the footage and a copy of a proposed deal to delete the stolen material in return for tens of thousands of dollars in electronic currency.

When the AP contacted The Dark Overlord in February, the hacker said the purloined video wouldn’t be made publicly available after all, making the far-fetched claim that ‘no one really [cares] about unreleased movies and TV show episodes.’

It’s not clear what triggered The Dark Overload’s renewed ransom demands.

Netflix is counting on OITNB to help it add 3.2million subscribers from April through June. That’s substantially higher than the company’s average gain of 1.8million subscribers in the same period over the past five years.

The company recently announced it had passed 100 million subscribers and was raising $1billion for its global division, according to Variety.

Whenever Netflix’s quarterly subscriber gains fall shy of management’s projections, the company’s stock usually plunges.

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