Variety has confirmed that the hacker, known as The Dark Overlord, uploaded the episodes to illegal file-sharing website Pirate Bay after the streaming service failed to pay an undisclosed amount of money.
Netflix released a statement earlier saying: “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.“
Orange Is the New Black season five WAS scheduled to be released on 9 June, but it now looks as if that could be moved up.
The FBI is currently investigating the matter. We have reached out to Netflix for comment.
May marks an impressive month for the service with the return of TV shows Sense8, Master of None, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, Bloodline and political drama House of Cards.