Online pi­rates de­mand ran­som for Disney flick

The Hamilton Spectator - - A & E - LOS AN­GE­LES TIMES

Hack­ers have once again struck at Hol­ly­wood, this time claim­ing one of the summer’s big­gest block­buster re­leases — Disney’s “Pi­rates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales,” the fifth in­stal­ment in the highly prof­itable swash­buck­ling fran­chise, star­ring Johnny Depp.

Walt Disney Co. Chief Ex­ec­u­tive Bob Iger told ABC em­ploy­ees in New York on Monday that hack­ers have claimed to have stolen a movie and are threat­en­ing to re­lease it in seg­ments un­til their de­mands, which in­clude a pi­rate­like ran­som paid with Bit­coin, are met.

Iger didn’t iden­tify the movie, and the Bur­bank-based Disney de­clined to comment. But a per­son with knowl­edge of the sit­u­a­tion who was not au­tho­rized to comment said the movie that was hacked was the new “Pi­rates of the Caribbean” se­quel. “Pi­rates” is set to open na­tion­wide on May 26. The last four in­stal­ments in the fran­chise have been huge suc­cesses, col­lec­tively gross­ing nearly $3.73 bil­lion world­wide.

The theft comes a few weeks af­ter hack­ers stole the lat­est sea­son of Net­flix’s “Or­ange is the New Black” and leaked episodes of the new sea­son af­ter Net­flix re­fused to meet their de­mands.

Disney is work­ing with fed­eral au­thor­i­ties to in­ves­ti­gate the attack, ac­cord­ing to an­other source not au­tho­rized to speak to the me­dia.

News of the “Pi­rates” hack was ear­lier re­ported by the Hol­ly­wood Re­porter and Dead­line.

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