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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koan's picture

Why was it held on a network that was accessible?
See I think this is bullshit, and that "Orange is the new black" hack was bullshit too.
It's an easy way to gain some publicity while lending credence to the idea we need more Internet rules.

Lumberjack's picture

Wardrobe malfunction....

Lady Jessica's picture

I find it hard to believe there would be a single copy of the movie to make for a plausible ransom.

koan's picture

Not that it's a single copy just that they will release it before it makes it to theater and undercut the profit.
The story is bullshit anyways.

Lady Jessica's picture

Thanks.  Just goes to show how much I know about how the criminal mind works.

koan'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."

Just like the election hacks which I called bullshit on, and of course now there's a story it was a DNC staffer not the Russians.

Chandos's picture

Yaaarrr!!!..I be laughing out loud in a general piratee way.....

CEE's picture

what a stupid promo. There is a single copy on a single computer a movie worth a few million. If so, thanks God...

dcohen's picture

AAAAAhahahahahahahahahahah I will never pay for anything coming out of KikeWood

dark fiber's picture

There is something huge against the open internet coming up.  There is a plan for total lock down in the works and these stories are just there to create the pretext.  Just watch how this will play out in the end.

aardvarkk's picture

He may be.  But any lockdown on the internet will not succeed even in the medium term.  If every government hit every "kill switch" they had and blew up every server they could, the internet would be back near full strength within 1-3 months.  The genie is out of the bottle, they just haven't come to terms with that yet.

dark fiber's picture

The kill switch will be implemented all the way down to your OS and all the way down into the hardware.  What do you think UEFI is about.  It is the first step for a total lock down of the hardware and the OS.

aardvarkk's picture

If it goes to the OS level that essentially means Windows/OSX since they are the only centralized systems who have whored themselves to the government (that we know of right now, anyway).  That still leaves older, pre-kill-switch versions of those systems (LOTS of people and especially businesses still run XP, and I know one guy that runs Windows 95 on one of his boxes) plus Linux and a hundred other minor players, all of which can connect to the internet, many of which are free, and most of which have fairly modern versions freely (some of them literally FREE) available.  I can install Linux on a LOT of machines in a month.  I'm a dev, but for what people would be willing to pay to get a clean internet connection in that scenario I would put on my IT geek hat and do hundreds as fast as I could, and give people instructions on how to avoid problems.  So would many others like me.

The internet was originally architected to be hard to kill even by a nuclear war, and its architects were fucking geniuses.  Also, people themselves will organically route around any unreasonable restrictions on their activities...booze was probably almost as available during prohibition as it has been since.

Governments will NOT shut down the internet for any appreciable length of time.  Even if they were able, internet 2.0 would be up and running in 6 months or less, even harder to kill.  Unless somehow it was a government project...then it would cost $14 trillion, take 25 years and stop working when the wind blew from the northwest.  But average people doing what makes sense will always come out on top sooner or later.  Bank it.

dark fiber's picture

You are aware of secure boot and how it can be used to make "unapproved" OS useless right?  You are not aware of that?  How do you intend to bypass the next version of UEFI which will be impossible to deactivate and probably brick your hardware if it is tampered with? What will you do if they decline to sign the Linux kernel?  Sue them?  LOL right there.  BTW what platform do you develop for?  You don't seem to understand much  about how the hardware can be  locked down with the OS which tells me you don't have any real in depth knowledge of these things. Also please explain how internet *any version* will be possible when your OS is locked down and you will not be able to run any unapproved app.  And spare me the 1990's soundbites about the internet this time.

John Law Lives's picture

Let 'em take Hildebeast hostage.  Then again, maybe nobody would pay the ransom.  Maybe the pirates would have to pay someone to take Hildebeast back.

CEE's picture

there is a copy on the Pirate bay for sure :)

Surging Chaos's picture

Why do these hackers want to be paid in Bitcoin? Bitcoin is completely transparent. Anyone can trace the transactions and view them on the blockchain.

If these guys were smart, they would be demanding payments be made in Monero. Unlike Bitcoin, Monero is 100% private and untraceable.

magnetosphere's picture

most likley the hackers work for nsa, and are just trying to smear bitcoin.

scoutshonor's picture

I once watched Fantasia after dropping some LSD.  I find this even more entertaining than that was.

datbedank's picture

Back in April, United Talent Agency had an unprecedented malware infestation that critically exposed their entire network and assets.

A lot of agents get copies of in progress movies to see how they're moving along. 

I'm willing to bet that this is how all of this IP got leaked out to the open. 

Conax's picture

How many of these movies are there? What is this one, the Bride of the Pirates, or Revenge of the Pirates part 11, or what?

To the movie nappers-

Burn it. For the children.

VIP-LA's picture

Haha! This is karma for an arrogant company! Probably has a bunch of Indians running their IT lol

Sick Underbelly's picture

You were thinking it too!?!  "Shit...this is what you get when you hire a buncha dot-heads to run your IT!"

The only good thing about Disney is Star Wars...but, that was great before their sorry asses.

Anarchyteez's picture

Disney = everything anti American.

They're all a bunch of anti gun, liberty hating pedo's.

Blackmail the hell outt'm.

Salsa Verde's picture

Walt would be disgusted at what his legacy has been turned into.

shovelhead's picture

"Fuck. How did we get talked into making this piece of crap. We're gonna lose our asses on this turkey. Who cares about an overdone franchise?

"Wait a minute...I have an idea how to generate some free buzz. This ransomware shit... Ya see where I'm going here?"

"Oye veh Morty...You're a genius".

Sick Underbelly's picture

Jews...cooking up a swindle at every turn.

"Oye veh Morty...You're a genius!   I gotz me a couzin, ya know, inta dat hacka shitz.  He owes me'ah fava.  Morty...ya brilliant fucka!"

Defiated's picture

Arrrrghh...wouldn't watch for FREE!!

Silver Savior's picture

I never saw the first one. lol.

zippedydoodah's picture

Too right. Who wants to watch a film about a gay pirate. I don't get it at all.

SubjectivObject's picture

Really, talk about the spectrum of unconscious, subconscious, to conscious psychological manipulation and abuse packaged in that shit.

Silver Savior's picture

Oh the struggles of the one percent. I pitty them. ( In more than one way)

headless blogger's picture

My guess is that these increasing attacks will be used as reason to start putting more controls on the internet.

Davidduke2000's picture

No , people have to purchase computer vaults to store their data in with a nasty password, the data is not accessible regardless how much hacker try if they do not have the password, and since it's zombie computers are doing the attacks, they cannot type passwords even if they have it.

Deep In Vocal Euphoria's picture

that's hillarious.....


but i think it's not real hackers...


it's the government playing games with your liberty

chrsn's picture

That stupid Pirates franchise is still going?  Well, then this serves Dizzney right!

shovelhead's picture

Well, it was Johnny Depp again or a lesbian Snow White remake and Ellen Degenerate wasn't available.

Deep Snorkeler's picture

Movie studios do not have Intellectual Property.

Endless King Kong movies, sharks, scary CGI and 

Treasure Island sequels are not intellectual,

nor of any value to society.


RawPawg's picture

does this mean i have to pay in Bitcoin for the inevitable DVD Bootleg copy?

I am Jobe's picture

Great . Netflix sucks and s does disney. How about lcoking the shit down over 2 or 3 weekends . Women might come to their fucking senses. 

Bunga Bunga's picture

I smell a marketing campaign. The pre-ratings of the movie must be horrible.

DrZipp's picture

Back to the 1st ransom hack.  Which got the hackers nothing.  Who had an interest in locking down pirated copies of Windows?  Who knew how to pull it off so that most people with licensed copies were unaffected? Answer: Microsoft

Consuelo's picture



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


Uh...  Knowing the political bias-creep in (((Bruckheimer's))) productions and (((Pervo-Disney's))) promotions...?   

Ya, I think that's about a 10-bagger...



ToSoft4Truth's picture

Disney is pirating the Seth Rogen movie marketing plan. 



Stalefarts's picture

What kind of moron actually pays money to watch movies? That money just lines Jew pocketbooks and is funnelled back to Israel to fund moar wars. Anyone paying for a movie is just funding Zionist Joo terrorism. 

MrBoompi's picture

We should be very skeptical about all of the news coming from these hacking incidents, especially the ones coming from establishment corporate media insiders like Disney.  Is it possible the story is true?  Yes.  Is it possible it is totally phony?  Yes.  How the fuck are we supposed to be able to tell?  Rest assured the government will use these incidents to steal more freedom from us.  This is probably the only given.