Published: Tue, May 16, 2017
Finance | By Laverne Griffith

Hackers claim to have stolen upcoming Disney movie, demands ransom

Hackers claim to have stolen upcoming Disney movie, demands ransom

While it is unclear whether the same hackers were behind both attacks, the TDO Twitter account that took credit for the Netflix hack has not mentioned anything about the unreleased Disney film.

Hackers are claiming to have gained access to a Disney movie and are threatening to release it.

The company's future theatrical release schedule includes "Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales" this Friday and "Cars 3" on June 16.

Disney refused comment on the matter, it said, which online chatter ultimately debunked as a hoax.

According to industry publication Deadline.com, the hackers are demanding "an enormous amount of money to be paid in Bitcoin".

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The fifth movie in the pirate franchise, which stars Depp, Javier Bardem, Brenton Thwaites, Kaya Scodelario, Kevin McNally and Geoffrey Rush, is set to be released in theaters May 26.

Hector Monsegur works for Rhino Security Labs, and was a former computer hacker-turned-FBI informant. The hackers are saying that they will release bits of the movie should their demands not be met, so presumably unless the Federal Bureau of Investigation can get the movie back in time, we should have confirmation pretty soon. Disney won't pay the ransom and is waiting to see if the leak indeed occurs, Iger reportedly said.

Netflix recently had the same issue with a hacker released 10 episodes of Orange Is The New Black after their demands weren't met. The hackers have however threatened to release increasingly longer pieces of the movie online if they aren't paid.

The last four installments in the franchise have been huge successes for Disney, collectively grossing almost $3.73 billion worldwide, according to The Los Angeles Times.

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