Hackers Demand Ransom for a stolen upcoming Disney movie

While the world is losing its mind over the “WannaCry” ransomware attack that took place this past Friday, the guys at Disney have another thing to worry about.

A stolen copy of ‘Pirates of the Caribbean 5’ is under the threat of being leaked by a group of hackers who are demanding ransom from the entertainment giant.

Even though Disney’s CEO, Bob Iger, did not reveal the name of the movie during his announcement, reports have indicated that the upcoming ‘Pirates of the Caribbean 5’ to be the prime target.

On Monday 15th May 2017, during a meeting in New York, Bob Iger told a group of ABC employees about the stolen movie.

Like the WannaCry hackers, the hackers involved in the Disney case have demanded payment in Bitcoins to keep the movie away from the public. However, there are no signs that Disney will actually pay up.

The movie “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales.’ is scheduled to release in theaters next week. A leak before the actual release will be disastrous to say the least.

This is not the first time such a thing has taken place, as movies like The Hateful Eight, The Expendables 3 and X-Men Origins have all been leaked before their scheduled release dates.

Recently, a group of hackers calling themselves ‘TheDarkOverlord’ published ten episodes of the fifth season of Netflix’s Orange is The New Black back-to-back, within a pan of few hours. Netflix couldn’t do much to prevent the leak, and its recent efforts to curb piracy have so far failed to make an impact.

The Hackers have threatened to release the new Pirates of the Caribbean movie in 20-minutes chunks if their demands are not met.

Hector Monsegur, a former hacker and Director of Security Assessments for Rhino Security Labs, in a statement to Deadline said:

All these companies like Disney, Netflix and Discovery may have very good security teams but you have all these vendors and small production companies which don’t have great security and probably don’t have the budget to focus on their own security so hackers get in pretty easily,”

“Remember back in the day when movies would leak online and they would go to a pirate bay? Now there has been a shift with the advent of ransomware so (these companies) are getting demands to pay for their own IP. Any studio is going to have a problem moving forward protecting their IPs.”

It is not certain how the leak will impact the franchise’s fortune, but Disney is working closely with the FBI to prevent the leak before it is too late.