UPDATED April 29, 2:47 p.m. ET: The Dark Overlord decided to leak the remainder of the episodes. He also called out ABC, National Geographic, Fox, and IFC, potentially threatening them with a hack too. You can read his full statement here.
We're back again. Did you miss us? Of course, you did. We're willing to bet Netflix did as well. Speaking of which, 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 (Hello, 22.214.171.124!) - 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. Do note that there are 13 episodes. However, we were so early when we acquired the copies that post hadn't gotten around to Episodes 11-13. Perhaps Netflix will consider releasing the season earlier now that the cat's out of the bag?
See original story from 04/28/17 below.
Months ago, reports began going around about a hacker called The Dark Overlord who had stolen full seasons of upcoming TV shows. Back in February, the Associated Press reached out, and the hacker said that the shows would not be released, because "no one" cares.
Apparently, The Dark Overlord has had a change of heart. Friday night, the hacker threatened to release the entire upcoming season of Orange Is the New Black unless Netflix paid big bucks. The AP said that The Dark Overlord has already supposedly shared the first episode on the internet, although whether the file in question was authentic could not be confirmed as of this writing. However, at least some of the show's fans are saying that the episode is real.
According to Netflix, one of their vendors, who also deals with other television studios, suffered a security breach, which is being investigated by the FBI. "We are aware of the situation," they told Deadline.
Season 5 of OITNB is scheduled to come out on June 9. The season, in a break from past practice, reportedly takes place in something close to real time. Netflix is expecting the show to help it add 1.4 million extra subscribers leading up to the episodes dropping, so the show leaking could have disastrous consequences for the company.