Captain Jack Sparrow and the crew are being held hostage in exchange for a ransom, to be paid in Bitcoins. Well, the pirates aren’t being held physically, but the new ‘Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales’ movie, which has not yet been released, is being held by real life pirates.
The digital hackers somehow got their hands on a copy of Disney’s new film, and are demanding an enormous fee to be paid via Bitcoins. If Disney fails to do so, the hackers will release the movie online before the release date, which is set on May 26.
However, Hollywood Reporter reports that Disney has refused to pay the ransom, and now has the FBI involved. Just like Netflix did recently when their newest season of “Orange Is The New Black” was also held for ransom.
Disney would not comment, but insiders said that the company refuse to pay. This follows the same issue Netflix faced when a ransom hacker spilled out 10 episodes of the next season of Orange Is The New Black when Netflix also refused to ante up.
Hector Monsegur, Director of Security Assessments for Rhino Security Labs and a regular expert on the Science Channel series Outlaw Tech, was a former computer hacker who was arrested and then became an FBI informant. He told Deadline that “attribution is probably the hardest thing the FBI is dealing with here.”
Because the FBI has to track attacks backwards, “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.”
“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.”
“Pirates of the Caribbean” has been a Disney cash cow, raking in a whopping $3.72 BILLION since the release of their first film in 2003.
The newest movie which is being held for ransom had a ridiculous budget of $230 million.
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