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Disney CEO: Hackers claim to have upcoming film

Disney CEO: Hackers claim to have upcoming film

Disney chief Bob Iger said on Monday hackers claiming to have access to one of the company's unreleased movies were demanding a "huge" ransom, according to USA media reports.

The other day it was reported that hackers had managed to get their hands on a bunch of Netflix shows and threatened to leak them if a ransom was not paid.

He says the company will refuse to accede to the hacker's demands and is now working with federal investigators to investigate the issue. Mr. Iger did not disclose the title of the film and amount of the ransom demanded by the hackers.

Iger made the announcement at a town hall meeting with ABC employees in NY today.

Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales is scheduled to arrive on May 26th but Disney may be forced to release the film earlier or face a potential box office blow.

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Though the timing is maybe a little more than fortuitous, ABC (and Seacrest) are not showing all their cards about who from the original series might be involved, if anyone.


Netflix recently experienced a similar situation, when hackers released 10 episodes of the next season of Orange Is the New Black online after the streaming service refused to pay a ransom.

A Disney spokesman declined to comment on the threat.

Deadline reports Iger did not reveal which movie was hacked; however, the publication confirmed it was the fifth installment in the Pirates of the Caribbean series. The last four installments in the franchise have been huge successes for Disney, collectively grossing almost $3.73 billion worldwide.

The Disney executive's comments come in the aftermath of a global ransomware attack called "WannaCry".

The hacker first tried to strong-arm the post-production company but eventually targeted Netflix with extortion demands.


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