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May 18

Hackers Threatening To Leak New “Pirates of the Caribbean” Movie If Disney Doesn’t Pay Ransom

It seems no one is safe from hackers these days, even a company as large as Disney. During a meeting with ABC employees on Monday, Walt Disney CEO, Bob Iger, revealed that hackers claiming to have access to a Disney movie threatened to release it unless the studio paid a ransom.

Iger went on to say that Disney is refusing to pay the ransom and the studio is working with federal investigators. And while Iger didn’t disclose the name of the film during the meeting, Deadline is reporting that the film at the center of the ransom is Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales.

The latest installment of the popular Pirates franchise starring Johnny Depp as everyone’s favorite pirate, Jack Sparrow, is scheduled for release in theaters on May 26. According to reports, the hackers demanded a large ransom to be paid in Bitcoin or they will release five minutes of the film, and then additional 20-minute chunks until their financial demands are met.

While movie piracy has long been a scourge, ransoms appear to be a new twist. This ransom demand against Disney comes only weeks after a similar case where a hacker uploaded 10 episodes of the upcoming season of Orange Is the New Black after Netflix refused to pay an undisclosed amount.

The Pirates Of The Caribbean franchise has pulled in an impressive $3.72 billion in worldwide box office since first launching in 2003, so it’s safe to assume that an early release of Dead Men Tell No Tales would likely have a significant impact on the studio’s profits.

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