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. Unfortunately it seems that now Disney is experiencing a similar problem as the company’s CEO Bob Iger has confirmed that hackers have stolen an upcoming movie.
In a report from The Hollywood Reporter and Deadline, Iger confirmed that an upcoming movie from Disney has been stolen by hackers who are seeking a huge payout to not release the movie. Unsurprisingly Disney has no interest in dealing or giving in to the hackers and according to Iger, the company has no plans to pay them and are working with the FBI to sort it out.
It was not revealed what movie the hackers might have stolen, but Deadline claims to have heard from their sources that the movie in question is the latest title in the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise. The hackers are saying that they will release bits of the movie should their demands not be met, so presumably unless the FBI can get the movie back in time, we should have confirmation pretty soon.
Speaking to Deadline, former hacker Hector Monsegur who was previously arrested and became an informant for the FBI, “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.”