It was just about a month ago when hackers got into Netflix and released all episodes of Orange is the New Black. Now it seems as those pirates are back and going up against Disney.
Walt Disney CEO Bob Iger revealed yesterday that hackers have claimed to have access to a Disney movie and threatened to release it unless the studio paid a ransom. Iger would not disclose the name of the film, but it is believed to be either Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales, which opens Friday, or Cars 3, set to debut on June 16th.
The brazen hackers are threatening to release 5 minutes of the film, and then the rest in 20 minute increments until their financial demands are met.
If you were the big movie studio and wanted to protect your work, wouldn’t you just release the film yourself early, or pay up? You saw how it ended up with OITNB last month. Sooner or later the studios are going to have to get a more secure way of storing the finished movies.