Published: Tue, May 16, 2017
Business | By Pat Ferguson

Hackers have reportedly stolen the new Pirates of the Caribbean film

Hackers have reportedly stolen the new Pirates of the Caribbean film

Disney CEO Bob Iger has confirmed an incident has occurred, saying the hackers want a large bitcoin payment to keep the film under wraps, but has vowed they won't be giving in. Iger said that Disney is refusing to pay and the studio is working with the United States federal investigators for further actions.

Online thieves claim to have the unreleased fantasy-action movie in their possession and are threatening to leak the film unless Disney pays them ransom!

In 2014 hackers paralysed Sony Pictures and demanded the studio cancel distribution of The Interview, a comedy about a plot to assassinate North Korea's leader, Kim Jong-un.

Even as many businesses are anxious about hackers taking control of their computers as part of the worldwide WannaCry ransomware crisis, the Walt Disney Co. may be facing a slightly different ransom situation of its own.

The other day it was reported that hackers had managed to get their hands on a bunch of Netflix shows and threatened to leak them if a ransom was not paid.

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TV and film studios are increasingly being targeted by hackers, unnerving an industry that is already dealing with rampant piracy problems worldwide.

Disney would not comment, but insiders say that the company refuses to pay a ransom.

"Pirates" is set to open nationwide on May 26.

The threat received by Disney is similar to one encountered last month by Netflix in which hackers stole unreleased episodes of the company's hit Orange Is The New Black.

"And like all movies, Pirates would appear on torrent sites regardless practically the day of its release, so the hackers seem to be really over-estimating their impact here".

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