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Disney CEO: ‘Film leak threat was bogus’

Disney boss Bob Iger is convinced a recent major hacking scare was nothing more than a hoax.
Reports emerged last week (ends19May17) suggesting cyber criminals had breached the firewall on Disney’s servers and stolen the new Pirates of the Caribbean film, Dead Men Tell No Tales, and were threatening to leak the movie in 20-minute segments if company chiefs failed to pay a ransom in online currency Bitcoin.
Disney CEO Iger confirmed they had received the threat and called in FBI officials to investigate the matter, and although he didn’t name the project being held hostage, he insisted they would not be handing over cash to keep the film offline.
Despite the non-payment, Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales remained under wraps until it hit cinemas this week (26May17), and as a result, Iger believes the claims of stolen property were bogus.
“To our knowledge we were not hacked,” he tells Yahoo Finance. “We decided to take (the threat) seriously but not react in the manner in which the person who was threatening us had required.”
He adds, “We don’t believe that it was real and nothing has happened.”

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