Hackers Hold Disney's New "Pirates Of The Caribbean" Movie For Bitcoin Ransom

Tyler Durden's picture

Just days after Netflix saw its "Orange Is The New Black" show leaked by a ransom-hacker, and amid the largest global ransomware attack in history, Deadline reports that Disney’s upcoming Johnny Depp film 'Pirates Of The Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales' has been pilfered by ransom hackers seeking payment from the studio.

According to Deadline.com, the hackers have demanded an enormous amount of money be paid to Bitcoin. Disney is currently working with the FBI and will not pay. Although Disney CEO Bob Iger did not reveal which movie the ransom hackers claim to have, he did reveal to ABC employees during a town hall meeting in New York on Monday that the incident had occurred. The hackers said they would release bits of the film — in increments — if their demands weren’t met. Deadline learned that it was, indeed, Jerry Bruckheimer’s fifth in the Pirates franchise, which is scheduled for release May 26. 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, explained, "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.”

Still we are sure Russia (or North Korea) will be blamed.

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ACP's picture

I highly encourage this behaviour.

07564111's picture

Indeed,,kikewood should think of this as a form of usury.

Pay Up Fuckers

jaap's picture

popcorn and let's enjoy this show.

Xibalba's picture

good thing all the producers I know are bullish on BTC!

tdag's picture

"So you could have an Egyptian hacker who uses Russian software so it looks like it’s Russian but is actually from Egypt.


Unless, of course, it's political or Trump-related then it's always Russian hackers with 100% certainty.

Oracle 911's picture

Just an idea. What if it is part of their PR campaign because the movie is terrible.

peddling-fiction's picture

This is just hack/bitcoin meme social engineering and free PR for the movie folks.

Thought Processor's picture




Pirates holding a movie for ransom.........   a movie that glorifies PIRATES!  (the irony is killing me)




Automatic Choke's picture

With the million$ these studios spend on production, you would think that they could figure out to do all their digital work on computers which are completely disconnected from the net....?


Joe Davola's picture

Let's ask the Iranians about disconnected from the net.  Unfortunately they weren't disconnected from the Stuxnet.

Even then there is the possibility of flash drives walking out the door.

ParkAveFlasher's picture

If my smartphone is hacked (easily enough), and I bring my smartphone to work, and if I plug in my smartphone to my usb dock on my work computer to charge it, innocuously, and if I have access to some internal network via my work computer, I have then become the possible compromise within the network.

Just a single plausible scenario, but there are many.

Joe Davola's picture

Which leads me back to the Hillary kept losing her blackberries (not a euphemism).  Good old plausible deniability - "I'm so forgetful with my phone laden with secret information" which is a nice cover for a dead drop.

ParkAveFlasher's picture

Intent is hard to prove, is the Clinton mantra.  Like Bill's cigar, he just dropped it in Monica's woo woo.  Purely coincidental, his cigar and her woo woo.

knukles's picture

Dear "Hackers"
Please take all of Hollywood ransom, from the lowest slug on the B lot to the most exalted producers and financiers, the writers and creatives as well as their goobermint handlers, spirit them away, demand a ransom and we promise we'll pay you.
Honest Injun. 
Anything you ask.

I'll even throw in the Dulce Base clone of Lena Dunham

In the mean time, anybody else wants to take a big dump of sensitive files, there's always 4chan (Get it, remember blaming 4chan?)

2_legs_bahhhhhd's picture

All this hacking reeks of something much more ominous. This could be a setup for .gov to take absolute control over the global interwebs....reasons range from national security to our own safety. Just my wild ass guess.

zippedydoodah's picture

Any decent company will have PCs without any ports for you to plug in to. This is extremely basic security going back more than 30 years.

ParkAveFlasher's picture

What if the company has a wireless network?  What if a company-issued phone joined a network with a personal, hacked phone, and was then hacked, etc?

So many ins and outs. Malware can sit quietly active on a device for quite a while, continually and unobtrusively testing barriers.  Of course it can happen, so easily.

Just because the tech is in place doesn't mean that protocol is followed, or that the tech may be overcome by better tech. 

Younger gens are so reliant on technology.  Younger gens are too reliant on technology.  They don't understand that technology is only released into the marketplace when it is easily controlled and manipulated and marketed.  The more ubiquitous the tech is, the more it is a useful shackle.

Disney has been the target of acquisition, btw.  They would want a cash injection that a hit POTC might bring.

Friedrich not Salma's picture

I should downvote you for making me feel old. Going back 30 years!


Xibalba's picture

All the Boomers be rooting for the fat asian kid in Koria....be like EMP! EMP! EMP!  Just to get back to the time when you could feel the fuckin buttins on the phone when you pressed 'em. 

espirit's picture

If you can dream it, design and fabrication are easy.

EddieLomax's picture

Its plausible, but why would you allow machines on the network to connect to random new devices?  Cut them out and then its back to someone needing physical access.

If you want to go one step further you can then lock all the hard drives up securely before you go home at night, seen that too.

Allowing people to bring recording devices into work means that there is the possibility of your data getting out (filiming things etc), allowing your computers to connect to other unknown ones means there is also the possibility of someone elses data getting in.

EddieLomax's picture

My suggestion too, no idea why they need to connect to the internet here.  That was a policy at the UK defence research establishments too, don't connect to both internal networks and the internet, makes it impossible for hackers without requiring any real effort.

Raffie's picture

It is funny for sure.

Pirates get pirated, news @ 11.

Then again it is Disney so.


SoDamnMad's picture

FBI  You mean the FBI is taking people off the Russian thing and putting resources on a Hollywood thingy. Call Maxine Waters. Wait, no, don't call her. Call Chuck Schumer immediately.  But maybe the Russians grabbed this movie?

BabaLooey's picture

A movie about pirates being pirated....

this shit writes itself

BennyBoy's picture


 I think that Depp did this as a way to save his broke ass.

espirit's picture


Pay to see it on release May 26, or wait and see it for free?


Free advertisement.


E.F. Mutton's picture

Johnny D's on the hook to play a Shit-Ton of Bar-Mitzvahs if this falls through

Moustache Rides's picture

Well, after kicking out all that money to get the West Memphis Three freed...  Depp can fuck off straight to hell the satanic sob

quadraspleen's picture

me too, but are we missing the bigger picture here, folks? This is the second time in as many days that "bad actors" have demanded a ransom in BTC...

I'll say it again: Capital controls on Bitcoin in 3..2..1

Badsamm's picture

For the love of God, please don't release it

jerry_theking_lawler's picture

This is really simple. If it is important enough not to be stolen...then don't connect it to the internet.


Problem solved.

Gold Dog's picture

At least we know it wasn't the North Koreans.....they only like movies with Matt Damon in them.



I'm so ronery.

unrulian's picture

I'm Jack Sparrow Bitchez

ACP's picture

I'm Jack Sparrow's complete lack of surprise.

Joe Davola's picture

Yeah, there are two types of computers - those that have been hacked, and those...

Wait, there's just one type of computer.

Piranha's picture

I hope they keep the movie from being released

Bam_Man's picture

And this will be why (((they))) outlaw Bitcoin.

I never saw this coming. No-sir-ee.


U4 eee aaa's picture

Yes, that has to be a possibility. "Hackers" continuing to associate in the news cycle and thus the public's mind that BTC always seems to be connected to criminal behavior

They could be trying to paint a narrative before the bubble gets too far out of hand

magnetosphere's picture

and those btc can never be spent without the fbi pouncing on the "hackers". it makes no sense.

the ppl who actually benefit from this are the nsa crowd, b/c they get to promote bullshit like ripple xrp, aka slavecoin.

EddieLomax's picture

I'd not be bothered if they "banned" bitcoin, but mainly because it sounds like a fraud to me.  Bitcoin relies on the internet totally, its a wet dream for the NSA to track it, precious metals on the other hand cannot be fraudulently produced and need no technology so are much harder to track.

They might want more capital controls, but they won't ban bitcoin, or tulip coin and all the other variations...

Badsamm's picture

National security blah blah blah

Panic Mode's picture

This hacker group is better to have some big backstage support. They are firing shots in every direction.

SoDamnMad's picture

I hope they are working from the jungles of Brazil.

TePikoElPozo's picture

do the ransom-ers have a russian accent?