The cyber-hackers pushing the ransomware attack on networks around the globe continue to cause chaos and exact massive sums of money from victims of the virus.
And now Disney has been added to the list of major firms who’ve fallen prey.
CEO Bob Iger announced to employees this week that the hacker group — believed to be Lazarus Group — is threatening to release the latest installment of the Pirates of the Caribbean to the web for free unless Disney pays a massive ransom in bitcoin.
The movie is slated to release in theaters on Friday, but Disney could lose millions if fans choose to download the movie on the Internet for free.
This could get interesting.
Here’s more from Redstate…
Disney is apparently the victim of the latest round of ransomware attacks that have affected hospitals and businesses worldwide. CEO Bob Iger told a company town hall today that hackers have taken possession of a new Disney movie and are threatening to release it in pieces if their ransom demand isn’t met. Axios is reporting that the hacked movie is “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales,” which is slated to be released this Friday.
The Disney chief said the hackers demanded that a huge sum be paid in Bitcoin. They said they would release five minutes of the film at first, and then in 20-minute chunks until their financial demands are met.
Iger told employees that Disney has called in the feds and would not be giving in to the ransom demand. Fire up the bit torrents, kids, we’ve a movie to watch!
As we reported last week, these ransomware attacks use hacking tools that can be traced back to the NSA.