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Hackers Tried To Get A Ransom From Netflix To Not Leak New 'Orange Is The New Black' Episodes With A Very Douchey Note

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The Hill – The first 10 episodes of [Orange Is The New Black]’s new season were shared on the file-sharing site Pirate Bay early Saturday morning by a hacker going by “thedarkoverlord.” The hacker reportedly demanded money from Netflix in exchange for not sharing the episodes.

“Thedarkoverlord” posted a message about the leak early Saturday, Variety said.

“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,” the hacker wrote. “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.”

The hacker’s message also included threats to unveil other shows, warning networks that there is “still time to save yourselves.”

“We are aware of the situation,” Netflix said in a statement. “A production vendor used by several major TV studios had its security compromised and the appropriate law enforcement authorities are involved.”

I admire Netflix’s casual reaction here. They know that ultimately it doesn’t matter if Orange Is The New Black is out a month early that it won’t affect their subscribers one bit. Everyone’s who’s going to watch that show isn’t going to unsubscribe because they got 10 out of 12 episodes leaked in advance. If anything, all the hacker did was get them some extra publicity and, if the show is good this season, people would still need to sign up for Netflix because they need to see the last two or three episodes of the season that weren’t leaked. In fact any show would probably take that kind of free promotion outside of maybe Game of Thrones. It’s so hard to get attention as a TV show today and it’s not like they’re going to get pirated at insanely high numbers other than the most popular one or two shows so why would they care? It’s just bad business on the hackers’ part, they figured out how to get the product and no idea how to sell it.

But more than that, it always bugs me when hackers post these grandiose messages whenever they’re trying to blackmail some company or put out some sort of manifesto. So many unnecessary big words, so much talking like they imagine a supervillain would based upon the 1990s poorly translated role playing games they grew up with. You can just be like “Hey we’re going to leak your show unless we get $500,000. Here’s the wire #. Thanks – Hackers.” That gets the point across more. But the whole “there is still time to save yourselves” and “reasonable and merciful” shtick where you’re trying to sound like a digital terrorist of sorts deserves Netflix’s very chill response. Big win for streaming content and people who don’t negotiate with overly verbose terrorists.