Send Bitcoin or the Mouse Gets It: Disney is Latest Victim of Ransomware Attack

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.


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