One of the greatest pirates that the seven seas have ever known, Jack Sparrow, has recently gotten himself into a bit of a bind. The newest film from Disney and the newest iteration of the Pirates of the Caribbean series, Dead Men Tell No Tales, was recently stolen by a group of hackers. As if this wasn’t bad enough, the hackers are holding the film for ransom and they are threatening to release the film online if they are not paid at full. The hackers first threatened to release 5 minutes of the movie at a time before upping it to twenty minutes at a time if they were not paid.
Despite the news spreading like wildfire, Disney has refused to comment on the situation directly. The Walt Disney Chief Executive Officer, Bob Iger, revealed on Monday that a film had been stolen from them in front of ABC staff. He refused to say which film had been stolen or how high the ransom was for that film. However, the CEO of Disney did announce that they would not be paying the ransom.
Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales is not the first victim of a cyber attack like this. Just last month, Netflix suffered from a similar dilemma. Hackers stole episodes of the upcoming season of Orange Is The New Black, and they threatened to release the episodes if they were not paid in full. Netflix refused to pay them as well and the newest episodes ended up online shortly after. Numerous outlets reported that there was a breach at a post-production company that resulted in the leaked episodes.
As of now, it is unclear as to whether Pirates of the Caribbean has begun to be released or not yet. Do you think Disney should pay the hackers or are they making the right move? Let us know in the comments below!
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