Pirated copies of Netflix shows in 4K aren’t new, but the situation may have gotten worse for the streaming giant. A high-quality, decrypted version of Stranger Things’ latest season is making the rounds on torrent sites, which suggests Netflix’s highest-level DRM has been cracked.
These releases generally comprise recordings, but DEFLATE’s offering appears to be the original, unaltered stream itself. TorrentFreak mentions that there were a few untouched releases back in 2017 before the DRM makers, Widevine, issued an update.
The DEFLATE release group is no stranger to novel 4K leaks. Earlier this year the same group also released several movies from iTunes, including the entire James Bond collection. That was the first breach of its kind on iTunes.
The fact that two groups have been able to decrypt the 4K releases indicates that this ‘breach’ is widespread. It wouldn’t be a surprise to see more titles appear during the coming days, until the hole is patched again.