The newest Pirates of the Caribbean movie, “Dead Men Tell No Tales,” has reportedly been stolen by hackers and is being held for ransom.
Disney CEO Bob Iger revealed in a company town hall on Monday that a copy of one of Disney’s upcoming movies had been stolen; later, reports surfaced that the hackers had taken the fifth installment to the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise. The thieves have reportedly threatened to release the film in small increments if Disney doesn’t meet their demand for a large sum of money in Bitcoin. Disney is working with the FBI to attempt to track down the hackers.
The Walt Disney Co chief reportedly said that the hackers are demanding “a huge sum” in Bitcoin and are threatening to release parts of the film, starting with the first five minutes, followed by subsequent 20-minute segments until the ransom is paid.
Netflix recently faced the same situation when 10 episodes of “Orange Is the New Black” were stolen.
Last month, an anonymous hacker or group of hackers, going by the name TheDarkOverlord (TDO), released the first 10 episodes of the fifth season of the Netflix show, “Orange is the New Black” on Pirate Bay, a popular file-sharing site. The show is officially set to be released on June 9.
TDO claims that the first episode was released after Netflix was “unresponsive” to their demands. They then decided to release the next nine episodes “after many lengthy discussions at the office where alcohol was present,” according to a press release from the hackers