If you hadn’t heard, last week a group of hackers were able to infiltrate Netflix’s systems and illegally obtain the entire upcoming 5th season of Orange is the New Black. The series isn’t set to debut until June 9th. The group were attempting to extort Netflix for a large sum of money. Netflix completely ignored their existence.
Yesterday evening the similar situation occurred. Disney’s CEO Bob Iger confirmed that a hacking group had been able to compromise the House of Mouse as well. But this time around the IP that was stolen was far more valuable – the upcoming film Pirates Of The Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales.
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Iger didn’t flat out confirm that the film in jeopardy was Pirates Of The Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales, but Deadline states that they have confirmed through their sources it was. The hackers have demanded “an enormous amount of money be paid to Bitcoin.” Disney has refused to comply and are working closely with the FBI to hoping find resolution. The hackers have threatened to release the film piece by piece should their demands not be met.
Pirates Of The Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales is one of Disney’s more profitable franchises, currently at around $3.72 billion in worldwide sales. Should the film be leaked online, it will be quite interesting to see how it affects the movie’s upcoming release on May 25th. We’ll have more should the story develop any further.