Pirates of the Caribbean 5 Will Be Leaked Unless Disney Pays Ransom

Posted 05/16/2017 10748 0

The fifth Pirates of the Caribbean movie, Dead Men Tell No Tales, has been stolen by hackers who are demanding that Disney pay a ransom in exchange for getting the footage back.


According to Deadline, during a town hall meeting with ABC employees on Monday, Disney CEO Bob Iger revealed that the hackers have demanded "an enormous amount of money," to be paid in Bitcoin, or else they will release the movie in increments online. He also said Disney is refusing to pay and that the studio is working with federal investigators. While Iger didn’t disclose the movie title, Deadline is reporting it is the Johnny Depp-Orlando Bloom blockbuster, which is scheduled for release later this month.

Deadline spoke to hacker-turned-FBI-informant Hector Monsegur, Director of Security Assessments for Rhino Security Labs, who explained that while big studios like Disney have tight security measures, there is no guarantee that the many third party companies involved with a movie's production would have the same level of online protection.

"You have all these vendors and small production companies which don't have great security," he said. "[They] probably don't have the budget to focus on their own security, so hackers get in pretty easily."

Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales will be the franchise’s fifth entry and is supposed to enter wide release next Friday. Pirates has been a huge moneymaker for Disney, and the studio is certainly going to be concerned about anything that could cut into its box office figures. The four Pirates Of The Caribbean movies released so far grossed $3.72 at the box office, and the fifth episode is also expected to be a hit.

Hollywood has become a prime target for cybercriminals. Last month, an anonymous hacker, or group of hackers, followed through on a threat to upload the fifth season of Orange is the New Black online after Netflix refused to pay a ransom. A few years ago, Lionsgate’s The Expendables 3 leaked prior to its release and subsequently flopped at the box office. While there are some other big reasons that may have happened, like a 32 percent Rotten Tomatoes score, millions of views by pirates were cited as one possibly contributing factor.