Disney's Unreleased Film Claimed to Be Held for Ransom by Hackers

Bob Iger

Iger made the comments during a town hall meeting with ABC employees in New York City, the Hollywood Reporter said, citing multiple sources. While the affected movie hasn't been announced, Disney's upcoming big-budget films include "Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales" and "Cars 3".

Although Disney CEO Bob Iger did not reveal the film that was claimed to be held by hackers, he did reveal to ABC employees during a town hall meeting in NY on Monday that the pilfering of the film definitely occurred. Hackers have been demanding payment via bitcoin from organizations and individual consumers to regain access to their computers locked by the ransomware.

Iger did not disclose the movie's title, but noted that Disney is refusing to pay the ransom, The Hollywood Reporter added.

Shanghai Disney Resort held the movie's world premiere and was followed by a star-studded event in Paris, and the film will premiere in Los Angeles on the 18th of May.

Deadline.com said the film was Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales, the latest instalment of the franchise starring Johnny Depp.

Disney did not immediately respond to a Guardian query seeking confirmation.

It's unsure if the same hackers are behind the Disney incident.

But Iger insists the company bosses have chosen not to pay up.

Last month, an anonymous hacker or group of hackers, going by the name TheDarkOverlord (TDO), released the first 10 episodes of the fifth season of the Netflix show, "Orange is the New Black" on Pirate Bay, a popular file-sharing site.

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