Hackers May Have Stolen Unreleased Disney Movie, CEO Bob Iger Tells Staff

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Disney CEO Bob Iger had a bit of a bombshell revelation for his staff during a company town hall Monday: Hackers claim to have stolen a copy of an unreleased Disney movie, and are now threatening to release it. The movie was reported to be  “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales,” though Disney would not confirm.

Iger made no mention of the title in question, but said that hackers are asking for a large bitcoin payment to keep the film under wraps. They have threatened to release the entire title in five minute snippets, and may follow up on that threat — because Iger vowed Monday that Disney wasn’t going to pay.

The entire episode is eerily similar to the recent high-profile leak of Netflix’s “Orange Is the New Black.” In that case, hackers had breached the security of a Hollywood-based postproduction company that counts Netflix as well as a number of other studios as its customers.

The hackers in question first tried to strong-arm the postproduction company, but eventually targeted Netflix itself with ransom demands. Netflix apparently didn’t budge either, and ten episodes of the still-unreleased 5th season of “Orange Is the New Black” were released on the Pirate Bay last month.

It’s unclear at this point whether the two incidents are connected. The hackers that leaked “Orange Is the New Black” claimed to have also gotten their hands on at least three dozen additional TV shows and movies, and have since released another Netflix original movie.

Disney’s next two movies are “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales” on May 26, and “Cars 3” on June 16.

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  1. So what says:

    Still waiting for them to hack something of value. OitNB? Pirates 12? Please.

  2. Skeptic says:

    Why does anyone trust the cloud? Everything should be stored on physical media until the release date.

  3. Blue Silver says:

    The joke’s on the hackers. Disney’s “Queen of Katwe” is already on Netflix.

  4. John says:

    Crappy reporting this…Which one did they steal ??? I need to know, so I can search it on Pirate Bay!

    Just kidding…

    Seriously: Don’t pay these bastards.

    The people who watch it illegally wouldn’t buy a ticket anyway.

  5. Jimmy Green says:

    The Pirate Bay boasts that if you use a VPN your identify is safe. That is BULLSHIT! It’s not hard to get the IP’s of everyone that downloads anything from the Bay. It’s only a matter of time and dollars and prosecution.

  6. themovievampire says:

    This could hurt Disney more than it would hurt Netflix. No one is going to unsubscribe to Netflix because they can download the fifth season of OITNB elsewhere but people might not bother showing up to this movie if they can see it elsewhere.

  7. Bda31175 says:

    It’s unfortunate because the hackers now control the release date but I agree with Iger, don’t pay. The ransom buys Disney what? The portion of pirate bay members who would purchase tickets on opening weekend for the chance to see the film the night before they can steal it for free, watch it on their laptops alone, and then buy another laptop because it’s all bugged up with viruses now?

  8. John says:

    Where’s the FBI when we need them?

    “Not In Service” without a director.

  9. Lesli Lytle says:

    It would be a wonderful thing if the viewing public said, “So what? We’ll wait for the actual release.”
    And foiled the plans of the a-hole hackers.

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