Hackers May Be Trying To Ransom A Disney Summer Blockbuster

Tina Ray
May 17, 2017

Although Iger did not say which film was under threat, Deadline later reported that it's Pirates Of The Caribbean which has fallen into the hackers' hands.

The Disney hackers have threatened to release the movie in increments, but the movie studio is hoping that they won't go ahead with their claims.

Disney is reportedly working with the Federal Bureau of Investigation and has refused to pay.

While Iger didn't name the allegedly stolen film, various reports indicate it may be Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales, slated for release May 26. "So you could have an Egyptian hacker who uses Russian software so it looks like it's Russian but is actually from Egypt".

Though movie piracy isn't anything new, it seems ransom demands are becoming more frequent.

The hackers claim that they have obtained a screener print of the movie and will leak it to all the torrent websites including TPB, KickassTorrents, and ExtraTorrent if Disney doesn't pay up the ransom.


The Associated Press reported that the FBI was investigating the incident.

This is the second high-profile incident of its kind in recent weeks.

"Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales", the fifth installment in the franchise, brings back Johnny Depp as the eccentric swashbuckling pirate, Jack Sparrow.

Later this year, Disney is releasing next instalment of Marvel Cinematic Universe, Thor: Ragnarok, and next episode of Skywalker Saga, Star Wars: The Last Jedi.

Just a few weeks ago, 10 episodes of the new season of "Orange is the New Black" - originally meant to launch on June 9 - were posted on 'The Pirate Bay.' Netflix had refused to pay an undisclosed ransom price.

The ransom demand for the Disney movie is not an isolated case as Netflix recently faced a similar situation when their popular show "Orange Is The New Black" was leaked online.

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