Uh-oh, the real life pirates may have gotten a hold of Disney. Walt Disney CEO Bob Iger uncovered Monday that programmers asserting to approach a Disney motion picture debilitated to discharge it unless the studio paid a payoff. Iger didn’t reveal the name of the film, however said Disney is declining to pay. The studio is working with government specialists.
Iger’s comments came during a town hall meeting with ABC employees in New York City, according to multiple sources.
Disney’s upcoming theatrical release slate include Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales, which opens Friday, and Cars 3, set to bow June 16. Rumors circulated online last week that a work print of Star Wars: The Last Jedi had been pirated and was being held for ransom, but days later online chatter tipped that rumor as a hoax. The studio had no comment.
The Disney boss said the programmers requested that an enormous total be paid in Bitcoin. They said they would discharge five minutes of the film at to start with, and after that in 20-minute lumps until their money related requests are met.
While film theft has for some time been a scourge, ransoms have all the earmarks of being another wind.
The ransom demand of Disney comes only weeks after a hacker uploaded 10 episodes of the upcoming season of Orange Is the New Black to The Pirate Bay after Netflix refused to pay an undisclosed amount. The episodes were posted on Pirate Bay six weeks ahead of the series’ official June 9 launch.
Several Hollywood agencies have also been targeted by hackers with extortion plots in recent months, including UTA, ICM and WME.
Source: The Hollywood Reporter
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