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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Gothic Optimism's picture

We'll see the NSA gets a mention on the Movie's Credit roll.

Smilygladhands's picture

I bet we could crowdsource a fund to double their price and have them keep it.

cuttlefish's picture

Could not happen to a better company I hope they release it on bit Torrent !

Gothic Optimism's picture

Arrh! I love me treasure chest filled with Gold, Silver, and Bitcoin.

Davidduke2000's picture

I am shocked that Disney did not have a computer vault to protect their data or films, I purchased software that scramble my data and put it in a vault, even if a hacker managed to get into my computers which is impossible, the data is useless because it is already scrambled  and cannot be read or seen without the software and the password.

bluskyes's picture

It takes too long to courier it to Korea, so they use the public networks.

activepatriot's picture

Just Disney trying ro hype a movie that will be crap

samsara's picture

No targeting of politicians, governments, famous people.

BitchesBetterRecognize's picture



  1. FOA a brand new movie release gets a copy online either the same fucking day of the day after. 
  2. is not like the people paying to go see that shit are losing money at all  

Hollywood's greed is now being demised by the internet threat & I like it!!! 


Robert Trip's picture

How much is the ransom on a shitty re-booted cash grab of a "movie."


bogbeagle's picture

NSA manoeuvering to create hostility towards Bitcoin.



Robert Trip's picture

Hold Depp hostage and don't pay it.

That would be more interesting.

In Ze No's picture

"Dead Men Tell No Tales"

Is this a film about Hilary Clinton?

Witchy-witch's picture





silverer's picture

Why don't I feel bad for Disney? I mean, of course these hackers are wrong and breaking the law, but that movie is probably totally evil anyway, full of rainbows, unicorns, and communistic subliminal propaganda.

Robert Trip's picture

The Russians are Johnny Depp fans?

Who knew?

mary mary's picture

I was a Johnny Depp fan before he started making those awful Pirates of the Caribbean movies.  Lone Ranger was stupid too.  Perhaps what the hackers/leakers really want is for the series to die, so that Johnny Depp can live.  That might be a humanitarian thing....

samsara's picture

Thru all these attacks,  My couple Au/Ag coins were not impacted at all....

_SILENCER's picture

Publicity stunt and a way to make bitcoin look like itz fer th3 hakkerZ.

They must know by now that the public has had enough of this skank douche Depp.

So...kick up some fakebuzz like they did for The Interview a couple years back.

Son of Captain Nemo's picture

After this announcement of thinking up creative new ways for IP ransom... WHO THE FUCK WOULDN'T WANT MOAR "BUTTCOIN"!!!

metafaux's picture

Realistically speaking, which is more likely, that someone "hacked Disney" and got this movie via some cool I, Robot hacking scene, or that someone in Disney leaked a copy of the film to someone they shouldn't have? 


Yeah, I think we all know the answer to that question. 


But it's a lot easier for the CEOs when the shareholders think it couldn't have been prevented. 

chosen's picture

I suspect the anti-virus companies are doing this.  In the old days, window glass dealers would hire teen-agers to drive through the neighborhood to shoot out windshields, in the middle of the night.

TheSkipper1967's picture

Les Grossman: First, take a big step back... and literally, FUCK YOUR OWN FACE! I don't know what kind of pan-pacific bullshit power play you're trying to pull here, but Asia Jack Sparrow is my territory. So whatever you're thinking, you'd better think again! Otherwise I'm gonna have to head down there and I will rain down an un-Godly fucking firestorm upon you! You're gonna have to call the fucking United Nations and get a fucking binding resolution to keep me from fucking destroying you. I'm talking scorched earth, motherfucker! I will massacre you! I WILL FUCK YOU UP!

I love your wife's picture

Hackers ask for $300 in Bitcoin.  Disney says, "Fuck you!"

SithApprentice's picture

Like Disney makes good movies?  

Disney bought Pixar and they ceased making movies about America.  Like Toy Story, Up, The Incredibles, Cars.  Uniquely American.  None of that Euro crap or China re-writes of history or Feminista stuff.  Since then, every Pixar movie has been crap.  Globalist pedophiles.

mrtoad's picture

Good false flag advertising for disney and at the same time attack Bitcoin for the banksters.

Cognizant Millennial's picture

Hey Hackers,


Please leave the John Wick series out of this. Those movies are fucking awesome.


Otherwise, carry on...

garthbartham's picture

Disney execs saw the movie and were like, "Fuck it. The movie sucks dick. Let those wankers do some free advertising for us and raise the DVD price a buck!"

robertocarlos's picture

In the words of Hollywood, 'I'll have a coke".

"That will be 50 cents".

"50 cents! I'm not paying 50 cents for a coke".

"Well then, you ain't getttng no coke".


n3qnj's picture

They should probably stop sending screener DVD copies of the movie out to the press and whoever else they send them to, huh?

onmail1's picture

Devil created man
man created computer
Computer killed man

Tammy147's picture


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The Gladiator's picture

Because you are a lousy lay. Could have saved you that money if you had just asked.

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