As the technical age continues to thrive the looming threats over cyber hacks is a hot button issue for those desiring to gain protection over their digital content. From international corporations like Netflix, government entities to the average citizen cyber security present a new frontier for technical pirates and tech savvy deviants.

Hacking is a new yet, now aging form of criminality that has been emerging for decades as a severe threat to digital information security. As more of society relies heavily on the digital matrix for entertainment and communication hackers industry giants are beginning to feel the sting of hacking potential.

Tim Johnson: mcclatchydc.com

After stealing and releasing 10 episodes of the fifth season of the Netflix series “Orange is the New Black” a month before its official premiere, a shadowy hacking group now is threatening to release shows by four other networks unless the networks’ pay a ransom.

It’s a sign of things to come. The future is being hacked, and there’s no certainty where it might end. In today’s digital world, hackers can steal an ever-growing number of secrets.

If they can steal unreleased television shows, could they also spoil the Oscar ceremony by stealing and threatening to reveal the winners ahead of time? How about announcements of Nobel prizes? Or product launches from Apple and Tesla?

In a fast-paced world, people don’t want to wait for staged announcements designed for collective suspense. Criminal hackers seek to profit from that desire. For better or worse, they steal – and reveal – the future.

A previously unknown person or group calling itself “thedarkoverlord” announced on Twitter Saturday that it had released the “Orange is the New Black” shows on the popular file-sharing site The Pirate Bay because Netflix refused to pay a ransom.

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Published by Naomi S. Gobern