Hackers holding 'Pirates of the Caribbean 5' for ransom

While it is unclear whether the same hackers were behind both attacks, the TDO Twitter account that took credit for the Netflix hack has not mentioned anything about the unreleased Disney film.

Although Disney CEO Bob Iger did not reveal the film that was claimed to be held by hackers, he did reveal to ABC employees during a town hall meeting in NY on Monday that the pilfering of the film definitely occurred. Disney apparently refuses to pay, and is working with the Federal Bureau of Investigation, according to Deadline. But according to multiple reports, hackers are threatening to leak a major film owned by Disney, and sources tell Deadline that the movie is Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man Tell No Tales.

The Walt Disney Company didn't respond to requests for comment. Ransom-style computer attacks have grown in popularity in the last few years as banks and other institutions make it harder for hackers to infiltrate their systems.

Disney CEO Bob Iger says the company are refusing to give in. The hackers said they would release the film in parts should their demands go unmet.

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The hackers have reportedly threatened to release portions of the film online until their ransom demand is met. THR reported that the hackers planned to release the first five minutes of the film and then continue on with 20-minute increments until payment is made.

But Iger insists the company bosses have chosen not to pay up.

Netflix apparently didn't budge and ten episodes of the still-unreleased fifth season of Orange Is the New Black were released via torrent website Pirate Bay last month.

Disney's "Pirates of the Caribbean" franchise, which began in 2003, has been hugely successful, earning over $3.7 billion worldwide.

  • Ronnie Bowen