Hackers reportedly threaten to release Disney's next movie

Posted May 16, 2017

He didn't name the movie, but one of the studio's biggest anticipated summer releases, ironically, is "Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales", scheduled for release May 26th.

"IMO, if it were Last Jedi, he would pay in a heartbeat".

The hackers are thought to be the same group behind the recent Netflix leak, which saw Orange is the New Black season 5 uploaded online, prior to release.

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Iger didn't say what title could be potentially leaked, but with the new film in the Pirates franchise set for release on May 25, it would be a very ripe target.

Depp's Captain Jack Sparrow returns to the ocean alongside Geoffrey Rush as Hector Barbossa and Orlando Bloom as Will Turner. But a person with knowledge of the situation who was not authorized to comment said the movie that was hacked was the new "Pirates of the Caribbean" sequel. The hackers have however threatened to release increasingly longer pieces of the movie online if they aren't paid. It was not clear if the Disney incident was related to the ransomware attack.

Even as many businesses are anxious about hackers taking control of their computers as part of the worldwide WannaCry ransomware crisis, the Walt Disney Co. may be facing a slightly different ransom situation of its own.

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Microsoft president Brad Smith said the US National Security Agency had developed the code used in the attack.

A spokesman for Disney didn't immediately respond to a request for comment.

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

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