Hackers hold Disney for ransom over new Pirates of the Caribbean movie

Hackers hold Disney for ransom over new Pirates of the Caribbean movie

Disney's next big movie may come out sooner than the studio would like.

Walt Disney Co Chief Executive Bob Iger has revealed that hackers claimed to have access to an unnamed upcoming movie and have demanded a ransom, the Hollywood Reporter said on Monday. Disney apparently refuses to pay, and is working with the Federal Bureau of Investigation, according to Deadline. Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales is scheduled for worldwide release on the 26th of May, 2017.

Iger didn't identify the movie, and the Burbank-based Disney declined to comment. They then made a decision to release the next nine episodes "after many lengthy discussions at the office where alcohol was present, " according to a press release from the hackers obtained by Heavy.

Iger didn't say what title could be potentially leaked, but with the new film in the Pirates franchise set for release on May 25, it would be a very ripe target.

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The hackers allegedly threatened to release the first five minutes of the movie, then subsequent 20-minute sections until they're paid.

Netflix declined to pay any ransom and the shows were leaked online.

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.

"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". The online video streaming company refused to pay the ransom demanded by the cyber criminals. The last four installments in the franchise have been huge successes for Disney, collectively grossing almost $3.73 billion worldwide.

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