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OITNB's Natasha Lyonne blasts hackers after season 5 uploaded to torrent site

By Nelson Branco, 24 Hrs

Orange is the New Black star Natasha Lyonne, right, with Lea DeLaria, lashed out at ransomware via 24 Hours' Nelson Branco. NETFLIX

Orange is the New Black star Natasha Lyonne, right, with Lea DeLaria, lashed out at ransomware via 24 Hours' Nelson Branco. NETFLIX

Orange Is The New Black star Natasha Lyonne wasn't exactly thrilled when asked about one of the biggest stories Hollywood studios, the mainstream media and security experts are talking about: ransomware.

Currently, hackers are targeting Disney's fifth installment of its popular film franchise Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales and threatening to release it unless they are paid a bitcoin ransom before its opening next weekend. Disney is refusing and the FBI is investigating.

Late last month, the hacker known as The Dark Overlord - who has also obtained content from ABC, National Geographic, Fox and IFC - promised to dump the first ten of thirteen episodes of OITNB unless Netflix paid up ahead of its premiere on June 9.

It's becoming an increasing problem in creative circles.

In fact, insiders claim more traditional TV networks tend to relent to these extortion schemes fearful spoilers will impact ratings and buzz, along with having their copyrighted material shared freely around the world.

Luckily, like Disney, Netflix didn't cave into the extortion to prevent further blackmailing. And for the most part, OITNB's loyal fanbase campaigned to the show's larger audience to eschew the leaks online before the debut. In fact, if you aren't really digging, most of season five's plot has largely remained on the downlow.

"It was exciting to see the fans have our back and be so loyal," raves Lyonne to 24 Hours. "This work represents our sweat, blood and tears. Our fans basically said: 'If you steal this show from them, you're ruining six months of their hard work. How can you do this?'We feel buoyed by their loyal spirit. Our fans are on the case!" Co-star Taylor Schilling lining: "It feels fortuitous to thinks this story has a silver be [cheered up] by our fans - even before the new season premieres," she tells 24.

For Lyonne, she believes hackers who target media companies don't realize they're hurting individuals and not the corporations they are targeting.

"The reason why stealing is bad - said your mom! - is because it is," she punctuates.

"Whenever a creative theft happens, it's the artists who are affected. These hackers target the illusion of 'the machine'or 'the man'but it's really the personal impact these thefts have on us. Just say no to stealing."

Maybe thanks to Netflix and Disney's brave stand against hackers, more studios will fight back and protect their work at all costs.