Disney CEO Bob Iger revealed at a town hall meeting in New York that hackers have reportedly stolen one of their upcoming movies and are threatening to release it unless they are paid a ransom. That movie is reportedly Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales.
While Iger did not say which film was allegedly stolen, Deadline reports that it’s Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales. The film is set to open in theaters on May 26.
Dead Men Tell No Tales is the fifth film in the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise, a franchise that has made about $3.72 billion since it first began in 2003.
The hackers have demanded an enormous amount of money be paid to Bitcoin, however, Disney is currently working with the FBI and will not pay.
Disney would not comment, but insiders said that the company refuse to pay. This follows the same issue Netflix faced when a ransom hacker spilled out 10 episodes of the next season of Orange Is The New Black when Netflix also refused to ante up.
Hector Monsegur, Director of Security Assessments for Rhino Security Labs and a regular expert on the Science Channel series Outlaw Tech, was a former computer hacker who was arrested and then became an FBI informant. He told Deadline that “attribution is probably the hardest thing the FBI is dealing with here.”
Because the FBI has to track attacks backwards, “It’s nearly impossible because you have various hackers from pretty much anywhere. Also, they are aware of techniques to track them down. So you could have an Egyptian hacker who uses Russian software so it looks like it’s Russian but is actually from Egypt.”
According to reports, the hackers are threatening to release the first five minutes of the film if their demands are not met, and then the rest of the movie in 20-minute increments until they are paid.