Sunday 22 April 2018

Hackers hold Disney to ransom by threatening to put new film online

Johnny Depp as Jack Sparrow in the 'Pirates of the Caribbean' films
Johnny Depp as Jack Sparrow in the 'Pirates of the Caribbean' films

Clarisse Loughrey

New-fashioned piracy, meet old-fashioned piracy.

Disney CEO Bob Iger has revealed that hackers are claiming to be holding Pirates of the Caribbean: Salazar's Revenge to ransom, Deadline reports.

The film will be released online in segments if their substantial demands are not paid to them in Bitcoin, though Disney is reportedly working with the FBI and will not pay.

Netflix was faced with a similar issue when a ransom hacker leaked 10 episodes of the next season of Orange is the New Black, after the company similarly refused to meet their demands.

Disney has yet to comment on the hack, and neither is it clear whether a leak would have any discernible impact on the film's chances at the box office, with the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise having already earned the studio a massive £3.72 billion at the worldwide box office.

Independent News Service

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