Netflix, Inc. (NASDAQ: NFLX) has reportedly declined to pay a bitcoin ransom to infamous hackers group The Dark Overlord, resulting in ten previously unseen episodes of its hit show “Orange Is The New Black” being leaked on torrent sites.
On its social media accounts the hacking group claims to have access to even more unseen TV shows from Netflix, FOX, National Geographic and more, which it will release if its demands for ransom are not met.
Who is next on the list? FOX, IFC, NAT GEO, and ABC. Oh, what fun we’re all going to have. We’re not playing any games anymore.
— thedarkoverlord (@tdohack3r) April 29, 2017
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As we reported before, cyber criminals usually ask for bitcoins from their victims due to its wider availability and greater accessibility than most cryptocurrencies, at least for the uninformed general public.
Individuals, corporations, banks, hospitals and even the office of a US state attorney have admitted to being blackmailed for bitcoin.
In previous cases hackers and ransomware makers provided detailed explanations about what Bitcoin is, how to send it and even how to easily find where to buy it in your local region. In some cases the criminals even operated a call center offering technical and ‘customer’ support to its victims.
Providing some statistics on the extent of the phenomenon, back in June 2016 we reported that 33% of UK firms said they were buying bitcoins in order to be able to pay off future ransomware attackers.