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16 May 2017, 09:25 | Vickie Mathis
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Disney's next big movie may come out sooner than the studio would like.
Sources told Deadline that Disney is not now planning to pay the ransom, though the studio has not yet commented publicly on the situation.
Disney would not comment, but insiders say that the company refuses to pay a ransom. The hackers are saying that they will release bits of the movie should their demands not be met, so presumably unless the Federal Bureau of Investigation can get the movie back in time, we should have confirmation pretty soon.
The hackers are thought to be the same group behind the recent Netflix leak, which saw Orange is the New Black season 5 uploaded online, prior to release. Iger said that the hackers have threatened to release the movie, piece by piece, unless the company agrees to pays a large ransom in Bitcoin, numerous sources told the Hollywood Reporter.
In 2014 hackers paralysed Sony Pictures and demanded the studio cancel distribution of The Interview, a comedy about a plot to assassinate North Korea's leader, Kim Jong-un.
Hector Monsegur works for Rhino Security Labs, and was a former computer hacker-turned-FBI informant.
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 online video streaming company refused to pay the ransom demanded by the cyber criminals.
Disney's "Pirates of the Caribbean" franchise, which began in 2003, has been hugely successful, earning over $3.7 billion worldwide.
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