Online pirates demand ransom for Disney flick
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.