Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales movie opens on Friday, May 26 in the theaters. This the fifth installment of the popular film franchise. 10 days before the film hit the theaters, media reports started buzzing online of the potential full movie leak online. Read to know more.
Disney CEO Bob Iger has said hackers claiming to have access to a Disney movie threatened to release it unless the studio paid a ransom, reported Hollywood Reporter. Although Iger has not revealed which Disney movie has been attacked by the hackers, speculations are rife that it might be Pirates of the Caribbean 5 (2017) film.
The huge ransom was demanded be paid in Bitcoin as per the aforementioned source. The report further states, the hackers even said that first five minutes of the film would be released first. This will be followed by -minute chunks until their financial demands are met.
Problem Of Movie Piracy
Movie piracy is not a new problem that is affecting big budget cinemas nowadays. Recently S.S. Rajamouli film Baahubali: The Conclusion was also under the attack of piracy. Baahubali 2 full movie was made available online by a piracy group.
In addition, recently attempts have been made to ransom Netflix original series titled-Orange Is The New Black. Total 10 episodes of the series were uploaded on The Pirate Bay after Netflix refused to pay an undisclosed amount, as per the aforementioned source.
According to The Guardian, when Pirates of the Caribbean film was due for its release, hackers stole a copy from a post-production company in LA. The report further reveals that the ransom they demanded has been believed to be $80,000 (£61,700). This drops a hint at the extent these movie hackers can go up to.
Although this amount may not be a huge amount to pay, by the makers of the movie; such an increase in ransom demand should not be tolerated. It is always better to watch the movie in the film theater or wait for the legal online movie copies.