Claiming to have stolen unreleased television shows from various major networks, “thedarkoverlord” leaked the latest season of the popular Netflix series “Orange is the New Black.”
Netflix had planned on releasing the new season on June 9. Unfortunately, due to their failure to meet ransom requests, the hacker shared the series with the public on Saturday, April 29.
According to Nicole Perlroth’s and Matthew Haag’s article in the New York Times, the breach occurred at the post-production company Larson Studios, which provides digital mixing services for major television networks and movie studios in Los Angeles. The hack was brought to the attention of the Federal Bureau of Investigation back in January, though content companies were not notified until mid-April.
Using the self-proclaimed name “thedarkoverlord,” the hacker has been actively threatening other networks on Twitter, saying their shows will be released next if they do not comply. Perlroth’s and Haag’s article further explains that many ransom and extortion attacks instigated by cybercriminals over the past year have increased the response frequency of security experts for breaches threatening to leak proprietary information if ransoms are not paid.
Within the past five years, ransomware attacks have increased dramatically. Ransomware attacks were up 50 percent last year over 2015, according to Perlroth’s and Haag, while this recent incident highlights a very troubling fact – large studios, ranging from Netflix to ABC to FOX, enforce strong security tactics designed to keep content and customer data safe from intrusion, but problems may lie with the many post-production studios that don’t follow similar guidelines, which means content can lose the protection and security it once enjoyed, and shows and movie reels are susceptible to theft and exploitation.
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