New movie will be released by hackers online if ransom isn’t paid.
Bob Iger, Chief Executive for Walt Disney has just revealed that hackers who managed to get access to its upcoming movie ‘Pirates of the Caribbean: Salazar’s Revenger’ is threatening to release the movie online unless the company pays a ransom.
The hackers also stressed that that ransom be paid in Bitcoin, a virtual currency that’s basically untraceable. Disney stressed however that it won’t be paying the ransom – though an official word from the company has yet to be released.
Online leaks have been common for upcoming movies and TV shows. Just a couple of weeks back, someone leaked the first 10 episodes of the Netflix show ‘Orange is the New Black’ after it was revealed that the company refused to pay the ransom.
With the movie releasing globally next week, an online leak might probably hurt the movie’s box office numbers. Take for example The Expendables 3, which flopped the box office when it was released. It was stated that the poor numbers was due to the movie being made available online a few weeks before it opened, though the poor reviews might have contributed a factor as well.
Pirates of the Caribbean: Salazar’s Revenge is the fifth movie in the franchise and stars Johnny Depp in the titular role. The movie opens May 25th in UAE cinemas and will release across the Middle East on Eid.