Disney bosses refusing to pay ransom to prevent release of Pirates

Camille Rivera
May 17, 2017

Disney is now working with the Federal Bureau of Investigation and they have no plans to pay the hackers.

While Iger did not name the film, Deadline reports that the movie in question is Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales.

Disney Chairman Bob Iger released on Monday that pirates of the digital wave had claimed that they have access to a Disney film.

A hacker last month leaked the upcoming season of Netflix's popular TV show "Orange is the New Black" after the company refused to meet the hacker's ransom demand. And in an odd turn of events, Disney's "Pirates Of The Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales" has become the victim of this infiltration.

The fifth movie in the 'Pirates' franchise starring Johnny Depp, is officially scheduled to appear in theaters next week. They have promised to leak the movie on The Pirate Bay, KickassTorrents, and ExtraTorrents if the Disney doesn't pay the ransom.

The studio is now waiting to see if hackers follow through with their promise to release the movie, which is due in theaters May 26.

Netflix recently experienced a similar situation, when hackers released 10 episodes of the next season of Orange Is the New Black online after the streaming service refused to pay a ransom. However, the fact the studios refuse to pay does mean that as a revenue gathering exercise it is not particularly successful and extremely risky. Javier Bardem, Kaya Scodelario and Brenton Thwaites additionally star in the movie which is due May 26 in the U.S.

This theft, if true, comes less than a fortnight before the fifth instalment of Pirates of the Caribbean, starring Johnny Depp in his iconic role as Captain Jack Sparrow, hits United States cinemas on May 26th.

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