A group of hackers called “thedarkoverlord” (*eye roll*) has reportedly stolen the upcoming fifth season of Orange Is The New Black. “thedarkoverlord” (I don’t have to keep inserting *eye roll* here, right?) claimed to have already uploaded ten out of thirteen episodes to an illegal file sharing service. (Remember when we all stole songs with Napster and told ourselves that it wasn’t thievery and just free shit, since it wasn’t physical media?) Season five of OITNB is supposed to premiere on Netflix on June 9.
SPOILER ALERT – OITNB’s fifth season will take place over three days and picks up immediately where they left off – with the prison riot inspired by Poussey’s death. As an aside, I hope Piper gets paroled within those three days, because man, is she an asshole or what?
Anyway, finding contentment with being the first to know if Daya shoots the guard or not wasn’t enough for “thedarkoverlord,” though. Deadline Hollywood says that group was blackmailing Netflix and threatened to release the season ahead of schedule if they didn’t get paid. I guess Netflix didn’t mail the check? Only in the 21st century can you hold a tv season hostage.
Variety is reporting that the first ten episodes went up online this morning on The Pirate Bay. And Netflix has confirmed the theft.
“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.”
“thedarkoverlord” issued a scolding to Netflix and threatened the other networks involved. They’ve also got reportedly stolen several TV series from other networks including ABC, Fox, National Geographic and IFC by “breaching a single company” called Larson Studios, late last year.
“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.”
Everything I know about hacking came from Hackers. So, at first, I assumed “thedarkoverlord” is a bunch of teens with bitchin’ cyber code names who wear their hair in pigtails and sport techno-fabric rave gear. And wear fur coats while skateboarding through their server farms. But that’s dated and we should drop preconceived notions about the hackers being teenage boys who can usually be found masturbating over anime girls and thinking it’s hilarious that Captain America is now a neo-Nazi. Let’s choose progress and imagine “thedarkoverlord” is a mother of two who scrapbooks when she’s not fiendishly blackmailing television networks. Free your mind!