Mr Iger said Disney is going on the counter-attack and working with the Federal Bureau of Investigation to sink the hackers.
Hackers have informed Disney that they've stolen Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales, and they're threatening to release it should the studio not pay up.
Disney CEO Bob Iger revealed the incident to ABC employees in a meeting in NY yesterday, although he did not name the movie. Besides we are talking about "Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales" and most pirates didn't even bother to download the last one. The film stars Johny Depp as Jack Sparrow and will be seen fighting evil Capt. Salazar (Javier Bardem) to escape from the Devil's Triangle.
The Pirates of the Caribbean may be setting sail earlier than anticipated.
The hackers have threatened to release the entire title in five minute snippets. and could follow through after Iger vowed Disney would not pay. So far, the movies have raked in almost $4 billion in box-office receipts worldwide since its launch in 2013 and is a lucrative franchise for Disney Studios. The hackers had unveiled 10 episodes of the highly anticipated Orange is the new black series on The Pirate Bay website six weeks before its official release on June 9th.
The hackers are reportedly asking for a huge ransom in Bitcoin which would obviously make it hard to trace.
Last month, a similar attack was launched against Netflix, when a hacker group called The Dark Overlord released unfinished episodes from the fifth season of Orange Is the New Black online. The CEO is not backing down, and the company is not going to pay the ransom.
Pirates Of The Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales is released in the United Kingdom on May 26.