Hackers hold new Disney film for ransom

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Hackers have allegedly demanded an enormous amount of money from Disney after gaining access to the upcoming film Pirates Of The Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales. 

According to industry website Deadline.com, the hackers have threatened to release parts of the film before its May 26th debut if Disney does not pay Bitcoin.  Disney has not made a statement on the situation but Deadline sources claim the company refuses to pay.

Disney is currently working with the FBI to resolve the issue, but one former computer hacker who became an FBI informant said it’s almost an impossible case to solve.

“Attribution is probably the hardest thing the FBI is dealing with here,” Hector Monsegur told Deadline. “It’s nearly impossible because you have various hackers from pretty much anywhere. Also, they are aware of techniques to track them down. So you could have an Egyptian hacker who uses Russian software so it looks like it’s Russian but is actually from Egypt.”

Monsegur continued to explain how these types of hacks could become more and more prevalent in the future.

“All these companies like Disney, Netflix and Discovery may have very good security teams but you have all these vendors and small production companies which don’t have great security and probably don’t have the budget to focus on their own security so hackers get in pretty easily,” Monsegur said. “Remember back in the day when movies would leak online and they would go to a pirate bay? Now there has been a shift with the advent of ransomware so (these companies) are getting demands to pay for their own IP. Any studio is going to have a problem moving forward protecting their IPs.”

The Pirates Of The Caribbean franchise has made $3.72 billion worldwide since its launch in 2003.  The exact amount the hackers are asking for has not been disclosed.

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