Hackers threaten to leak "Pirates of the Caribbean"

Bob Iger

Since the initial reveal of this news, Disney has officially said it will not pay and is now working with the FBI to investigate the hack.

Bob Iger, CEO of Disney, said the hackers threatened to release the movie in chunks, starting with five minutes and up to 20, unless the ransom is paid in bitcoin.

Hackers have informed Disney that they've stolen Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales, and they're threatening to release it should the studio not pay up.

Disney chief Bob Iger informed ABC employees of the hackers' scheme at a Town Hall meeting in NY on Monday.

According to Deadline, hackers have demanded "an enormous amount of money", to be paid in Bitcoin, or else they will release the movie in increments online. Netflix, like Disney, refused to pay, resulting in the "OITNB" episodes landing on Pirate Bay six weeks ahead of the season's June 9 premiere.

Thus far there haven't been any reports of leaked parts of the fifth Pirates of the Caribbean film.

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The Disney hack comes as studios and production outfits have dealt with increasing security threats presented by hackers.

Netflix also recently fell victim to a hacking scheme with their series "Orange is the New Black".

Last week there were rumours that a working copy of Star Wars: The Last Jedi had been pirated and was being held for ransom, but it turned out to be a hoax.

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

While Iger didn't confirm the film in question, rumors are that it's the highly-anticipated sequel in the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise, Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales.

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