Monday, May 1, 2017

Orange Is The New Black Hackers Leak Season 5 After Netflix Refused Ransom Demand


Netflix did not give in to demands from hackers of the latest season of Orange Is the New Black. Now, those hackers are leaking season 5 of the show. How this will affect Netflix’s bottom line or how people watch the current season will be left to be determined. Netflix’s business model would seem unlikely to be hurt but that is anyone’s guess.

The New York Times reported that the fifth season of Orange is the New Black was stolen and partially released by a group of hackers identified as The Dark Overlord whose ransom demand from Netflix was rejected. How did this happen? The hackers reportedly broke into the files of Larson Studios, a post-production company, to obtain the assets and claims to have also obtained show files for other studios, including ABC and Fox.

“Oh, what fun we’re all going to have. We’re not playing any games anymore,” the hackers wrote on Twitter before publishing certain as-yet-unreleased episodes of OITNB. The site also claimed the hackers could only access 10 of the 13 episodes of Season 5, since they attacked the studio before it had completed the remainder. So, what good does that do fans of the show if they cannot watch the entire season of their favorite show?

In a statement, Netflix revealed that it was aware of the situation and had notified proper authorities.

The hackers wrote of their act, “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.”

Here are some reactions to the hacking on social media.

The FBI is reportedly involved in investigating the source of the breach, theft, and unlawful dissemination of the show materials. Orange Is the New Black Season 5 is currently scheduled for release by the network on June 9th. No word yet as to whether the release date plans will change as a result of the unlawful leak.

Piracy has long been the great scare of the entertainment world. It undeniably had an impact on the music industry, but now, nearly 25 years after the debut of recordable CDs that allowed people to create “perfect copies” of albums, the industry and culture have changed in ways that make illegal downloads piracy largely unnecessary and unappealing for most consumers. In short, entertainment companies have finally embraced streaming.

What did you think of the hackers leaking the next season of Orange is the New Black? Do you think Netflix should have paid the ransom? Let us know in the comments section.

from Business 2 Community