Disney appears to be the latest target of hackers demanding a ransom.
Walt Disney CEO Bob Iger reportedly told ABC employees Monday that hackers are threatening to leak an upcoming movie unless the company pays up a “large sum” in Bitcoin, according to sources speaking with The Hollywood Reporter. Disney won’t pay the ransom and is waiting to see if the leak indeed occurs, Iger reportedly said.
The hackers are threatening to release five minutes of the film — which Iger didn’t disclose — and then release it in 20-minute increments until their demands are met, according to THR.
The Walt Disney Company is reportedly working with federal investigators. While the affected movie hasn’t been announced, Disney’s upcoming big-budget films include “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales” and “Cars 3.”
Disney isn’t the only studio similarly threatened by hackers in recent weeks. A hacking group allegedly leaked 10 episodes of the upcoming season of “Orange is the New Black” in April after Netflix failed to fulfill a ransom demand. The same group named several other networks in that threat, including the Disney-owned ABC network.
The Walt Disney Company didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment.