17 May, 2017
Hackers claim to have stolen a Disney movie for a ransom - but the company is refusing to give in, according to CEO Bob Iger.
Though movie piracy isn't anything new, it seems ransom demands are becoming more frequent. The hackers also apparently said they'd release five minutes of the film at first and then distribute 20-minute clips thereafter.
It reported that Disney is working with federal agents and monitoring for leaks online.
"Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales" is scheduled to reach theaters on Memorial Day weekend May 26.
Oh no! Disney CEO Bob Iger told his staff on Monday, May 15, that hackers may have stolen one of their unreleased movies.
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The Disney hack also comes shortly after the global ransomware cyber-attack, which debilitated hospitals in the U.K.as well as compromised the security of organizations in at least 99 other countries.
The nautical blockbuster - which sees Johnny Depp return as Jack Sparrow - isn't the only major production which has been compromised of late.
The hackers offered to keep it away from public eyes in exchange for ransom paid in Bitcoin but Disney says it has no intention to pay. And considering how much of the box office gross for the last film in the series depended on foreign markets, a high-quality leak could surely hurt the film's business around the world.
Now, we know that the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise is all about stealing the treasure, searching for the gold, drinking rum and holding things for ransom.
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