Hackers claim to hold Disney's latest 'Pirates' sequel hostage, demand ransom

David Ng
Contact ReporterLos Angeles Times

Hackers have once again struck at Hollywood, this time claiming one of the summer’s biggest blockbuster releases — Disney’s “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales,” the fifth installment in the highly profitable swashbuckling franchise, starring Johnny Depp.

The Walt Disney Co. chief executive Bob Iger told ABC employees in New York on Monday that hackers have claimed to have stolen a movie and would release it in segments until their demands, which include a pirate-like ransom paid with Bitcoin, are met.

Iger didn’t identify the movie and the Burbank-based Disney declined to comment. But a source with knowledge of the situation said the movie that was hacked was the new “Pirates of the Caribbean” sequel.

“Pirates” is set to open nationwide on May 26. The last four installments in the franchise have been huge successes for Disney, collectively grossing nearly $3.73 billion worldwide.

The theft comes a few weeks after hackers stole the latest season of Netflix’s “Orange is the New Black.” Hackers leaked episodes of the new season after Netflix refused to meet their demands.

News of the “Pirates” hack was reported by the Hollywood Reporter. The publication said that Disney is working with federal authorities to investigate the matter.

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