Disney chief Bob Iger has confirmed that though the studio had received a threat from cyber criminals recently, they now believe the claims were false.
Last week came word that hackers had apparently stolen a digital copy of a Disney film with the Johnny Depp-led “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales” the likely suspect. The unidentified hackers had demanded Disney pay a ransom in bitcoin or else they would release the purloined movie in five-minute chunks.
According to Iger, Disney refused to pay anything and in an interview with Yahoo Finance published today he says:
“To our knowledge we were not hacked. We had a threat of a hack of a movie being stolen. We decided to take it seriously but not react in the manner in which the person who was threatening us had required. We don’t believe that it was real and nothing has happened.”
Piracy news site TorrentFreak meanwhile claims to have had an email exchange with someone purporting to be behind the extortion attempt, and they indicate the stolen film wasn’t the final cut of the fifth ‘Pirates’ but rather an incomplete cut of “Star Wars: The Last Jedi.”
The full article is fascinating in that it goes into a chase for the truth and how the source only offered apparent plot spoilers and one screen cap for proof, a capture that apparently didn’t really resemble “Star Wars” according to the one person who has seen it.
They also claimed to have not hacked the film but rather obtained the illicit copy from a contact within Lucasfilm. Needless to say, the veracity of their claims appear to hold any water at this point, but the source says: “if the right group comes forward and meets our strict standards then the leak could come as soon as 2-3 weeks”. We’ll see.