In this edition of “How Can We Mess With Netflix?,” I bring you the hacker known as The Dark Overlord on Twitter. Apparently, they have something that Netflix doesn’t want you to see yet. At least until June 9th.
The Dark Overload began their boasting on Twitter, taunting Netflix by sharing a post that allegedly included a link to the first 10 episodes of the new season of Orange Is The New Black. The fifth season is not set to become available for streaming until June 9th.
If the link is real and not just a very damaging virus, it could put a a dent in Netflix’s subscriber growth as well as the company’s stock price. Orange Is The New Black is a widely popular Netflix show and has a huge following. That could possibly turn away a lot of subscribers if Netflix Original Content was available elsewhere.
There is another reason why this hacker may possibly have these episodes and not just posing empty threats. According to Time, “…Netflix said that a small production vendor that works with several major TV studios suffered a breach. The Los Gatos, California, company described it as an ‘active situation’ that’s being investigated by the FBI and other authorities.” So there is a possibility that The Dark Overlord could have been the hacker behind that breach.
It’s unclear why he decided to target Netflix specifically, but The Dark Overlord wants to get paid. The Dark Overlord is demanding ransom. If Netflix delivers on the (unspecified) funds, The Dark Overload will not prematurely release the fifth seasons’ episodes.
“It didn’t have to be this way, Netflix,” the hacker said on their Twitter. “You’re going to lose a lot more money in all of this than what our modest offer was.”
Not only is Netflix the fuel of this hacker’s fire, but they are looking at targeting other studios. Fox, National Geographic, and ABC were all named.
What do you guys think? Do you think the hacker will follow through on their threats to Netflix? Do you believe they have these episodes? Let us know in the comments below.