Hackers Claim To Be Holding Disney’s Newest “Pirates” Ransom


Disney’s Pirates Held Ransom

Pirates 5 | Photo Credit Disney

Disney’s fifth installment of the Johnny Depp-led franchise, Pirates, has reportedly been pilfered by ransom hackers who want the studio’s money. The hackers have demanded a large amount of money to be sent via Bitcoin.

Currently, Disney is working with the FBI but does not plan to pay the hackers. Disney’s CEO Bob Iger did not say which movie the ransom hackers claim to have, but he did say that the incident had occurred.

Deadline discovered it was Jerry Bruckheimer’s fifth  film, which was originally scheduled for a May 26 release.

Disney Working With FBI, No Comment To Press

Deadline reports:

“Disney would not comment, but insiders said that the company refuse to pay. This follows the same issue Netflix faced when a ransom hacker spilled out 10 episodes of the next season of Orange Is The New Black when Netflix also refused to ante up. Hector Monsegur, Director of Security Assessments for Rhino Security Labs and a regular expert on the Science Channel series Outlaw Tech, was a former computer hacker who was arrested and then became an FBI informant.”

“He told Deadline that “attribution is probably the hardest thing the FBI is dealing with here.” Because the FBI has to track attacks backwards, “It’s nearly impossible because you have various hackers from pretty much anywhere. Also, they are aware of techniques to track them down. So you could have an Egyptian hacker who uses Russian software so it looks like it’s Russian but is actually from Egypt.”

Production Companies Work To Increase Security

Pirates 5 | Photo Credit Disney

Disney, Netflix, and Discovery have amazing security teams in place but there are also small vendors and small production companies associated that do not have proper security in place.

The franchise has brought in an amazing $3.72 billion worldwide since 2003, but it’s not clear how this may harm the newest release of the Depp film.