Now, we know that the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise is all about stealing the treasure, searching for the gold, drinking rum and holding things for ransom. But when it happens in real life – well, we’re not too keen on it. And Disney isn’t either.
The company has confirmed that they are the latest targets of hackers, who have taken the new Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales hostage. It has been reported that Bob Iger, the CEO of Walt Disney Company told his employees yesterday morning about the ransom and that the hackers were threatening to leak the unseen movie to the public unless Disney paid them off with a ‘large sum’ of Bitcoin – a kind of electronic currency.
According to sources, Disney is refusing to pay the ransom and waiting to see if the hackers go through with their threat. Although it’s not official whether the new movie the hackers are threatening to leak is actually Pirates of the Caribbean, or the upcoming Cars 3 movie – most indicators point to our favorite pirates as the victims.
THR have reported that the hackers initially threatened the company with a five-minute release of the film, and will then release 20-minutes worth of film until their ransom is met. Disney is currently in talks with federal investigators, who are trying to find the source of the hack and to retrieve their $300 million movie from the hackers.
But this isn’t the first time a major studio has been hit by hackers. In April, a group hacked into the upcoming season of Netflix’s hit series, Orange is the New Black and released the first ten episodes online after Netflix failed to adhere to their ransom demands.
Yo-ho-ho maybe a pirate’s life isn’t for us after all…