Disney CEO Bob Iger Says Hacker Threat of ‘Pirates’ Was a Hoax

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Disney CEO Bob Iger Says Hacker Threat of 'Pirates' Was a Hoax

Disney CEO Bog Iger recently confirmed that hackers had threatened the company with a claim to have stolen one of their films. Iger stated that the studio now believes that it was a hoax.

In speaking with Yahoo Finance this week, Iger shared “We had a threat of a hack of a movie being stolen.” Although Disney never confirmed what movie the hackers had threatened to have stolen, it was highly speculated to be “Pirates of the Caribbean.”

According to a Deadline report, Bob Iger told a town hall meeting of ABC employees that hackers demanded a ransom paid in Bitcoin or they would release the movie in segments online. In speaking of the threat, Iger said, “We decided to take it seriously but not react in the manner in which the person who was threatening us had required.” He added, “We don’t believe that it was real and nothing has happened.”

The “Pirates of the Caribbean” series has earned Disney more than $3.72 billion worldwide since the release of its first film in 2003. The new film “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales” had a $230 million budget.


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