A hacker who claims to have stolen the upcoming season of “Orange is the New Black” is threatening to release the episodes online, unless Netflix pays an unspecified ransom amount, TheWrap has learned.
“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,” Netflix said in a statement provided to TheWrap.
According to Associated Press, the hacker uses the alias “The Dark Overlord,” and issued a ransom note in which he or she claims to have stolen shows from other studios. The hacker is reportedly demanding a smaller, unspecified ransom for those shows as well. The AP also reports that the first episode of the new “Orange is the New Black” season has been uploaded to a file-sharing platform.
The FBI did not immediately responded to a request from TheWrap for comment.
The new season of “Orange is the New Black” is set to premiere in its entirety on the streaming service June 9.