The next season of a very popular Netflix series is available early, even though it wasn't supposed to come out until next month.
That's because a hacker is involved. Variety says a hacker named "The Dark Overlord" claims to have stolen the upcoming fifth season of Orange Is the New Black. On Friday, the user said it had already leaked the first episode, and demanded a ransom from Netflix.
But when the streaming service didn't come through, The Dark Overlord posted a "press release" on Twitter Saturday, saying more episodes of the hit series would be released on a popular file-sharing website, The Pirate Bay.
"Netflix clearly received our message considering they've made public statements and was one of the first people to download a fresh copy of their own property... yet they continue to remain unresponsive.
With this information in mind (and the fact that leaving people on cliffhangers isn't fun) we've decided to release Episodes 2-10 of "Orange Is The New Black" Season 5 after many lengthy discussions at the office where alcohol was present."
The fifth season wasn't supposed to air until June 9. The Dark Overlord says it asked for a "modest" amount of money from Netflix, and that it intends to go after more of the company's content.
They are also threatening to leak shows from other networks, including ABC, National Geographic, FOX, and IFC.
"And to the others: there's still time to save yourselves. Our offer(s) are still on the table - for now," the note says.
The episodes appear to have been stolen from the postproduction company Larson Studios, a popular digital-mixing service in Los Angeles for television networks and movie studios, The New York Times says.
In a statement to the paper, Netflix seemed to confirm the breach.
“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.”