A hacker has stolen the upcoming fifth season of Netflix’s Orange Is the New Black, according to the Associated Press, and has reportedly released it via file-sharing websites.
The AP reports that a hacker called The Dark Overlord reportedly uploaded the first episode to file-sharing services earlier this morning and that they claim to have stolen shows from other studios. According to a release from the hacker, the remainder of the show’s stolen episodes have been made available through The Pirate Bay. The authenticity of the leaked episodes is not clear, and we’ve reached out to Netflix for comment.
Netflix released a statement to Variety, saying that it was “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.”
It’s not clear what impact this might have on Netflix’s viewing numbers
The fifth season of Orange Is the New Black is slated to be released on June 9th, and it’s not clear what impact a premature leak will have on its viewing numbers. It’s also not clear what other content might have been stolen from the other studios. The hacker claimed in a tweet that shows from ABC, Fox, National Geographic, and IFC were also among those stolen, and that they could be leaked as well.
The breach apparently happened several months ago. The AP notes that it had been in contact with The Dark Overlord in February, who at the time noted that the 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.” That seems to have changed.