Remember when hackers threatened to released season 3 of Orange is the New Black two weeks ago? It appears that either the same group or another group is following suit with a much bigger ante. I mentioned how this would eventually become a trend. Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell no Tales is slated for release on May 26th but a group has claimed access to the film and threatens to leak it unless a bitcoin ransom is met. According to AV Club
Disney CEO Bob Iger confirmed that the hackers did claim to have pirated an upcoming Disney film during a meeting with ABC employees in New York, though he wouldn’t say which one, and he added that the company has no intention of paying the nerdy Bitcoin ransom. Also, Iger says Disney is working with the FBI to try and expose the digital Jack Sparrow behind this act of piracy, but he didn’t offer any details beyond that. However, Deadline’s sources have confirmed that the stolen movie is indeed Pirates Of The Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales, which won’t be released into theaters until May 26.
I don’t know the first thing about how to hack a movie like this or when the entire Pirates of the Caribbean: Dean Men Tell no Tales became available but wouldn’t it make more sense to hack into this movie way before the release date? Holding a movie ransom 11 days prior probably won’t do much. I’m not trying to give instructions here but I would think if this were 3-4 months ago or whenever the last cut finished rolling and they got a hold of it then? It would be a much bigger deal.
In any event, it doesn’t look like Disney is going to budge no matter how many bitcoins this group plans to put in their treasure chest.