Pay up or the show gets plastered.
The next season of Orange Is the New Black may soon be floating around the internet after a hacker claiming to have pilfered the first 10 episodes of the new season threatened to release it unless Netflix forks over cash.
A hacker reportedly released the first episode of Season 5 of Orange Is the New Black early Saturday after demanding ransom from Netflix. In a letter, the hacker, called The Dark Overlord, said they’d next release episodes two through 10 of the season. The hacker stole the episodes from a third party working with Netflix earlier this year, before the final three installments of the 13-episode season were available.
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 to Variety. Netflix didn’t respond to a request for comment from Mashable.
The hacker claimed to have properties from studios besides Netflix, including ABC, National Geographic, Fox, and IFC.
According to the Associated Press, a deal proposed earlier this year demanded “tens of thousands of dollars in electronic currency” in exchange for deleting the stolen material.
Orange Is the New Black‘s season five is scheduled to be released June 9.
UPDATE: April 29, 2017, 12:01 p.m. EDT
According to news reports, the hacker followed through on their threat and uploaded the first 10 episodes of Orange Is the New Black Season 5 to Pirate Bay on Saturday.