New Pirates Of The Caribbean Being Held For Ransom By Internet Pirates

New Pirates Of The Caribbean Being Held For Ransom By Internet Pirates

Chief Executive Bob Iger told ABC employees in NY on Monday that hackers have claimed to have stolen a movie and are threatening to release it in segments until their demands, which include a pirate-like ransom paid with Bitcoin, are met. The unnamed hacking group have threatened to release the film incrementally is their demands aren't met.

Sources told Deadline that Disney is not now planning to pay the ransom, though the studio has not yet commented publicly on the situation.

The hackers are reportedly demanding an exorbitant amount of money via Bitcoin from Disney, which has so far refused to pay the ransom and is working with the Federal Bureau of Investigation to apprehend the culprits. The hackers have demanded an enormous undisclosed amount of money be paid in Bitcoin.

Rumors have been going around the net last week that a working print of Star Wars: The Last Jedi was pirated and being held for ransom by hackers. However, an online chatter tipped that the rumor was a hoax.

The hack follows a recent cyber attack on internet streamer Netflix that led to 10 episodes of Orange is the New Black being leaked ahead of release. Now there has been a shift with the advent of ransomware so (these companies) are getting demands to pay for their own IP. The show is officially set to be released on June 9.

A user on Twitter (NYSE: TWTR) who goes by the username thedarkoverlord claimed responsibility for the attack on Netflix and indicated its intention to target other media companies. FOX, IFC, NAT GEO, and ABC.

Hackers have also reportedly targeted Hollywood agencies such as UTA, ICM and WME.

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