Hackers Threaten To Release Disney Movie Unless Ransom Is Paid

May 17, 2017

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It appears that the WannaCry hackers aren't the only one holding computer hostage for ransom, The Walt Disney Company is battling hackers who claim to have a copy of a not yet released Disney movie and unless their demand for cash is met, will release it online before its theater debut.  Disney CEO, Bob Iger, says the hackers have demanded a hefty sum of cash which he says Disney will not pay.  Although the identity of the hacked movie hasn't been released, the latest Pirates of the Caribbean movie, Dead Men Tell No Tales, opens Friday (5/19) and Cars 3 slated for release on June 3rd.  The hackers say they will release five minutes of the film at first, and then in 20-minute chunks until their financial demands are met. Several Hollywood agencies have also been targeted by hackers with extortion plots in recent months, including Netflix's Orange Is The New Black, where a hacker released all 10 episodes this month on a web site before it's June 9th debut. 

SOURCE: The Hollywood Reporter

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