The hackers that leaked episodes from the upcoming fifth season of "Orange Is the New Black" and episodes from Steve Harvey's newcomer "Funderdome" are at it again. The hacking group exclusively wrote to The Hollywood Reporter Tuesday about their future leaking plans.
"Hollywood is under attack, and we're at the forefront of this most recent offensive," the hackers, also known as The Dark Overlord, told THR. "We're not in the business to scare anyone. We're in the business of earning vast amounts of internet money."
The hacking group announced on their Twitter account June 4 that they had published eight episodes from ABC's new Harvey-hosted game show "Funderdome" online. This hack happened almost two months after the initial hacking of "OITNB" in late April. "OITNB" will have its fifth season officially unveiled Friday, June 9 on Netflix.
THR also reported Tuesday that the hackers claim "Hollywood is under assault." While it may have seemed to be a television-only battle, the publication was also informed that The Dark Overlord also has studio films in their possession.
One of the initial stolen films was rumored to be Disney's "Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales." However, this was quickly confirmed to be false by Disney CEO Bob Iger.
"To our knowledge, we were not hacked," Iger told Yahoo! in an interview. "We had a threat of a hack of a movie being stolen. We decided to take it seriously but not react in the manner in which the person who was threatening us had required."
So what should studios and production company's do if a hacker threatens to release their content? Although nothing is guaranteed in this digital war, the Federal Bureau of Investigation recommends victims do not pay the hackers the requested ransom fee.
"The FBI does not encourage payment of ransom as it keeps the criminals in business," Laura Eimiller, a Los Angeles FBI representative, told THR in a separate interview. However, she added that "the individual victim must weigh their options."
THR noted that at least one big-name company gave in and paid the ransom fee.
According to Variety, the hackers initially directly targeted post-production companies, but "when that failed, The Dark Overlord began to target studios." That's what ultimately brought about the release of 10 "OITNB" episodes.
Other titles under The Dark Overlord's possession include CBS' "NCIS: Los Angeles" and Fox's "New Girl," according to Newsmax. The hackers, however, shared on their Twitter account that they also have titles from IFC and National Geographic.
"We're not playing any games anymore," they wrote in a tweet.
Although the infamous Sony hack in 2014 happened a little over two years ago, the recent hacking's showed some parallels to the previous incident that plagued Sony Pictures Entertainment.
In late November 2014 ahead of Thanksgiving, Sony employees were greeted by a disturbing image: a skeleton plastered onto their computer screen accompanied by an unnerving message.
"We've obtained all your internal data including your secrets and top secrets. If you don't obey us, we’ll release data shown below to the world," the message said.
Since Sony didn't take the threat seriously, they were — as we all know — hacked.
Considering the lengths that The Dark Overlord has gone to in order to accomplish their goals, their hacks could prove to be more threatening to studios compared to the Sony incident. Since they have made it their mission to target everyone, it appears no one in Hollywood is safe.