Captain Jack Sparrow Kidnapped by Hackers!
Hackers of the Caribbean
No, I’m not pulling your leg. This Monday at a town hall meeting Disney CEO Bob Iger told ABC employees that the studio is robbed and blackmailed. The hackers plundered the upcoming movie and extort a very large sum in bitcoins threatening to upload the first five minutes of the movie if their demand isn’t granted. If the answer is negative, then they’ll continue uploading the video in 20-minutes chunks. Mr. Iger didn’t specify the amount extorted or the title stolen, just mentioned that Disney won’t surrender and now is working with FBI investigators to solve the crisis. Yet, the rumor has it, the said move is Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales.
It’s a coup worth of Captain Jack Sparrow himself! The crime took place on the heels of the WannaCry worlds’ outbreak and it’s unclear if it was a human’s error, a coincidence or the malware’s benefit. If so, then this ransomware not only encrypted the files but also stole data and then the damage from its activity is hard to imagine.
The hackers’ threats must not be underestimated! Last month, Netflix lost the fifth season of Orange is the New Black as they refused to pay a ransom. The group of unknown hackers did as they threatened and uploaded the TV show.
We remind you that Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales is due to theatres on May, 26. This is the fifth part of the immensely popular franchise and if uploaded it will cost Disney tens of millions.
Online security experts warn that anything that is of value can potentially become an object of theft, notwithstanding the physical shape of the target. Digital things can be stolen as easy as the ones from the physical world if not easier. Will it become a common practice for the studios to pay ransom for their products? If so, then the cinema tickets, DVDs and DRDs will be getting more and more expensive to reimburse the expenses. And ultimately, we’ll shell out money to these hackers too. We don’t like the perspective. Do you?