Roughly 10 days ago, it was reported that Disney had been hacked and that a movie had been stolen. The movie was widely thought to be Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead men Tell No Tales, though there was no info to back this up. The hackers demanded Disney meet their demands for a ransom payment via Bitcoin. They also threatened to first release a five-minute clip of the movie, and if Disney refused to meet their demands they would then release the rest of the movie in 20-minute increments. In an interview with Yahoo Finance, chairman and CEO of Disney, Bob Iger said he doesn’t believe Disney was ever infiltrated.
“To our knowledge we were not hacked. We had a threat of a hack of a movie being stolen. We decided to take it seriously but not react in the manner in which the person who was threatening us had required.”
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Disney did take it seriously, and called in the FBI, being adamant that they would not negotiate with the thieves nor pay them. While one cannot ignore the irony of a pirate movie being…pirated, it appears the thieves never had the movie and if they did, they missed their chance as the premiere and screenings have come and gone, and Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales is showing all over the country now. No leak of the film as a whole or in parts has been seen. It now appears as if Disney and Iger made the right move by calling the hackers bluff and deciding not to pay the alleged thieves. This also sends a pretty clear message to any future hackers looking to squeeze Disney for ransom money. Iger noted the importance of having digital protection in this day and age.
“We don’t believe that it was real and nothing has happened,” said Iger, “In today’s world, cyber security is a front burner issue.”
Earlier this year Netflix experienced a similar situation with their hit show Orange is the New Black, but in this case the hack and theft were real and 10 out of the show’s 13 episodes for Season 5 were leaked online.
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Source: Yahoo! Finance