Hackers are holding a Disney movie for ransom, but Disney isn’t paying up, according to a new report from The Hollywood Reporter.
Disney CEO Bog Iger informed ABC staff on Monday about the situation, but didn’t say which film it was, THR reports. Iger said Disney won’t pay, but is working with federal investigators on the matter. The hackers want Disney to pay a “huge sum” of Bitcoin, or else they will release the film in parts.
A report in Deadline on Monday said the ransomed movie was the latest instalment of the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise. Disney is set to release “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales” on Friday, which would make for some uncanny irony if it were indeed the one.
This shouldn’t be seen as an idle threat in light of the Netflix incident late last month, which saw 10 episodes of “Orange Is the New Black” leak online after Netflix didn’t fork over the demanded cash.
“It didn’t have to be this way, Netflix,” the hacker, who goes by the alias thedarkoverlord, said in a message at the time. “You’re going to lose a lot more money in all of this than what our modest offer was.”