Hackers are threatening to release an upcoming Disney feature film on the internet if the studio does not pay a ransom in Bitcoin, the company’s CEO, Bob Iger, told ABC employees on Monday.
The hackers purportedly threatened to release the film in sections, starting with the first five minutes, until the ransom demand is met. But Iger said the company has chosen not to pay a ransom.
Iger did not reveal which of the company’s movies the hackers claim to have stolen, but the possibilities appear limited to two films: Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man Tell No Tales — due for release on May 26 and the animated feature Cars 3, due for release on June 16.
The news comes weeks after episodes from the new season of Orange Is the New Black were posted illegally on the internet after Netflix did not pay ransom to a hacker using the name “The Dark Overlord.”