Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales Being Held for Ransom by Hackers

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Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales Being Held for Ransom by Hackers

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The newest Pirates of the Caribbean film has reportedly been stolen and is being held for ransom.

Hackers have apparently grabbed a full copy of Pirates Of The Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales, and they are threatening to release it on the internet unless Disney pays out a sizable ransom. According to Deadline, the hackers have demanded, "an enormous amount of money be paid to Bitcoin."

Disney CEO Bob Iger revealed the incident to ABC employees in a meeting in New York yesterday, although he did not name the movie. The company has offered no official comment, but Deadline says that insiders told it that the company refused to pay, and Disney is working with the FBI.

Hector Monsegur, Director of Security Assessments for Rhino Security Labs, said of the demands, "All these companies like Disney, Netflix and Discovery may have very good security teams but you have all these vendors and small production companies which don't have great security and probably don't have the budget to focus on their own security so hackers get in pretty easily. Remember back in the day when movies would leak online and they would go to a pirate bay? Now there has been a shift with the advent of ransomware so (these companies) are getting demands to pay for their own IP. Any studio is going to have a problem moving forward protecting their IPs."

Pirates Of The Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales is scheduled to hit theaters on May 26.

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Blackmailing the House of Mouse. Splendid idea! Can't go wrong.

On a less serious note, I don't suppose the ransomers can't string along Disney as long as possible, giving the rest of us a temporary reprieve from this movie?

Movie Culture is so toxic. They need to focus on the innovative art that my friends are doing on their phone cameras instead.

Chimpzy:
Blackmailing the House of Mouse. Splendid idea! Can't go wrong.

I can imagine this turning out similar to a mafia film, where Disney sends elite hitmen after the hackers. Mind you, they'd probably do it given the chance.

This is the same type of excuse used for such flops as the entire Resident Evil movie series. So I would not be surprised if the "breach" was less about good hacking, and more likely an 'ooops, I accidentally disabled the firewall and now need to go get a pizza, before I can turn it back on' situation. Pessimistic me just lowered expectation for this movie from a 6.0 to a 4.0.

It is always those damned pirates!

Wait? People care enough about this movie to hold it for ransom?

I almost suspect this is a hoax to drum up publicity for a film most people don't particularity care about.

A pirate film made by pirates about pirates for pirates, is being held hostage for loot?
YAAARRGH, that's a tale to be told around the table of the tavern, with willing wenches wandering without.

Something fishy down below methinks!

Sooo... people's medical details being vastly hacked with ransomware internationally somehow not worth a mention, but the latest pirates of the Caribbean being swept up in the same attack is? Like...what?? Am i just going insane? Is this down to what's assumed to be more financially damaging?

i dont see why they would pay. i mean, the type of people that will go online to check out the pirated version of the movie will probably wont pay to see it in theatre anyway...

cathou:
i dont see why they would pay. i mean, the type of people that will go online to check out the pirated version of the movie will probably wont pay to see it in theatre anyway...

I disagree. With the whole "everyone is connected" society we have atm, this could cost them A LOT of money.

OT: i think disney should film this whole thing and turn it into a movie. Isnt Disney like the Mafia of childrens movies?

Dalisclock:
Wait? People care enough about this movie to hold it for ransom?

I almost suspect this is a hoax to drum up publicity for a film most people don't particularity care about.

The hackers don't care about the movie- they just care about those sweet, SWEET Disney dollars. Releasing the film for free could result in massive losses in profit for Disney so they are threatening to do just that unless they are paid.

You might just be being sarcastic though- if so, just ignore me.

Borty The Bort:

Chimpzy:
Blackmailing the House of Mouse. Splendid idea! Can't go wrong.

I can imagine this turning out similar to a mafia film, where Disney sends elite hitmen after the hackers. Mind you, they'd probably do it given the chance.

Well you know what they say, "Dead men tell no tales".

Lufia Erim:

Borty The Bort:

Chimpzy:
Blackmailing the House of Mouse. Splendid idea! Can't go wrong.

I can imagine this turning out similar to a mafia film, where Disney sends elite hitmen after the hackers. Mind you, they'd probably do it given the chance.

Well you know what they say, "Dead men tell no tales".

anyone else want to see a movie about a disney hit squad dressed as the mascots?

pookie101:

Lufia Erim:

Borty The Bort:

I can imagine this turning out similar to a mafia film, where Disney sends elite hitmen after the hackers. Mind you, they'd probably do it given the chance.

Well you know what they say, "Dead men tell no tales".

anyone else want to see a movie about a disney hit squad dressed as the mascots?

Anyone remember that South Park episode with the psycho-Mickey kicking the crap out of the Jonas Brothers? Something like that would be sufficient.

Xsjadoblayde:
Sooo... people's medical details being vastly hacked with ransomware internationally somehow not worth a mention, but the latest pirates of the Caribbean being swept up in the same attack is? Like...what?? Am i just going insane? Is this down to what's assumed to be more financially damaging?

Well, The Escapist does cover movies. And they discuss computers/software. So, maybe this particular combination of movies and computer piracy was just enough to qualify the article for publication on The Escapist. Ransomware and medical information? That doesn't quite make the cut.

JUMBO PALACE:

Dalisclock:
Wait? People care enough about this movie to hold it for ransom?

I almost suspect this is a hoax to drum up publicity for a film most people don't particularity care about.

The hackers don't care about the movie- they just care about those sweet, SWEET Disney dollars. Releasing the film for free could result in massive losses in profit for Disney so they are threatening to do just that unless they are paid.

You might just be being sarcastic though- if so, just ignore me.

Kinda sorta. I get what they're doing, but I also stopped caring about PoTC around World's End, when it was obvious they were totally out of ideas, and then On Stranger Tides somehow managed to be nothing like the novel it's supposedly based off of and awful to boot.

There's also the fact Cell Phone video cameras are kinda everywhere now and it's a quick trip from there to Piratebay or Youtube, so there's that.

Oh, so that's what the other thread was about...

Must be a publicity stunt. I mean, come on. Bitcoin? Why not ask for Monopoly money? It amounts to the same thing.

Dalisclock:
I also stopped caring about PoTC around World's End

At World's End was good! I really don't know why people keep crapping on the second and third PoTC's.

FalloutJack:
Oh, so that's what the other thread was about...

Must be a publicity stunt. I mean, come on. Bitcoin? Why not ask for Monopoly money? It amounts to the same thing.

One bitcoin is worth around $1800. They're hugely popular in underground circles for a reason.

Arnoxthe1:
I really don't know why people keep crapping on the second and third PoTC's.

Mostly because of their bloat. They became a mess of masturbatory CGI bullcrap, interweaving plot lines and all kinds of characters that barely had any depth to them. There was so much not one part got the attention it needed, leaving it all very messy.

Clankenbeard:
Well, The Escapist does cover movies. And they discuss computers/software. So, maybe this particular combination of movies and computer piracy was just enough to qualify the article for publication on The Escapist. Ransomware and medical information? That doesn't quite make the cut.

Hmmm, but it's specifically taking out a part of a much larger news story to highlight only that, while ignoring the arguably more impactful side to the public. Plus...

Pirates Of The Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales is scheduled to hit theaters on May 26.

You can't plug an upcoming high-budget/profile release with serious news.

Arnoxthe1:

Dalisclock:
I also stopped caring about PoTC around World's End

At World's End was good! I really don't know why people keep crapping on the second and third PoTC's.

For me it broke down to: Killing the Kraken off-screen between films(you know, the thing driving half the second film), a near incomprehensible plot at times(Sparrow switching sides every 5 minutes got old really fast) and the fact the finale primes us to expect the mother of all wooden ship sea battles and then totally pulls the rug out from under us on that, only to replace it with two ships having a battle/wedding in a whirlpool for reasons.

Did I mention the whole "Let's have a wedding in the middle of a whirlpool during a sea battle" thing? Because that was pants on head stupid, even for the movie it was in.

Pffff. They can fucking keep it.

OMG!! Pirates got a hold of a movie about pirates!!!

4Aces:
This is the same type of excuse used for such flops as the entire Resident Evil movie series.

The last one made $312 million on a $40 million budget.
If that's a flop then what is a success?

FalloutJack:
Must be a publicity stunt. I mean, come on. Bitcoin? Why not ask for Monopoly money? It amounts to the same thing.

In 2012, a Bitcoin was worth $15, now it's worth $1700.
Which version of Monopoly are you playing?
Also, Bitcoins are harder to trace, taking a ransom in traditional currency would get the hackers caught for sure.

It's Salazars Revenge, not "Dead men tell no tales"

Vanilla ISIS:
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Cowabungaa:
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Non-regulated fake currency is non-regulated. It's not real money.

FalloutJack:

Vanilla ISIS:
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Cowabungaa:
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Non-regulated fake currency is non-regulated. It's not real money.

That doesn't matter. It's 'real' enough to be worth a ton and be used as money. Besides, you're not even completely right We've been fucking around with it what it means legally here in the EU for some time now for instance, trying to work out a regulatory system. The European Central Bank classifies it as a currency. A convertible decentralized virtual currency, but a currency. Japan recognises it as currency as well. Sweden does as well and regulates it. Even your own country recognises it as a currency in certain regards. I could name other examples if you want but I reckon you get my point.

You can get nitpicky all you want, but it doesn't change the fact that bitcoin has real economic weight and a real impact. Your Monopoly money analogy doesn't hold up, bitcoin is serious.

Xsjadoblayde:

Clankenbeard:
Well, The Escapist does cover movies. And they discuss computers/software. So, maybe this particular combination of movies and computer piracy was just enough to qualify the article for publication on The Escapist. Ransomware and medical information? That doesn't quite make the cut.

Hmmm, but it's specifically taking out a part of a much larger news story to highlight only that, while ignoring the arguably more impactful side to the public.

Are you referring to the NHS in England being hit by WannaCry? If so, I don't think this hack and the WannaCry ransomware story are related. This is threatening to release a movie for free if they are not paid the ransom. WannaCry just encrypts entire hard drives and threatens to leave them that way if the ransom is not paid. Different, unrelated stories that just happened to occur around the same time.

And ultimately the Escapist is an entertainment site, so covering games and movies and things related to them fits their subject matter. The encryption of medical records, even if a larger news story, is not really in their wheelhouse.

Cowabungaa:
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Selling shit on Ebay doesn't mean it's worth money. A lie is a lie. A sham is a sham. And brother, that's the shammiest.

FalloutJack:

Cowabungaa:
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Selling shit on Ebay doesn't mean it's worth money. A lie is a lie. A sham is a sham. And brother, that's the shammiest.

What? No, it isn't. Governments are seriously discussing this, or sometimes even figuring out legislation and regulation, for a reason. Less-than-legal activities are done through bitcoin more and more for a reason. Again; countries have recognised this as a currency, either a traditional one or a new kind of currency. But it's recognised. It has value. You call it a sham, you call it 'not real', you call it Monopoly money, but reality is contradicting you 100%. There's plenty shady about bitcoin and other crypto-currencies, but that doesn't make them any less real. Real here being; having a tangible impact on the world.

Governments and non-governmental organisations might not yet fully agree what exactly it is, small wonder because it's new and weird, but the financial and political world already sees that crypto-currencies have tangible monetary importance. I don't get your argument anyway. People pay with bitcoin. People get money out of it. Those are facts.

Seriously, it's that big a deal that they want to hold it for ransom?

...Or are they just doing this because it's a movie about pirates?

Arnoxthe1:

Dalisclock:
I also stopped caring about PoTC around World's End

At World's End was good! I really don't know why people keep crapping on the second and third PoTC's.

Nice to know I'm not alone in that regard (well, "At World's End", at least. I don't like "Dead Man's Chest" quite as much") but I admit we're probably in the minority in that regard.

Though the first movie is still the best.

Cowabungaa:
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Oh, I'm sorry. Did you say less-than-legal activities? My, then everything's alright then, isn't it?

Oh no, not my derivative Pirates sequel... Whatever shall I do...

Sucks for the studio but they can absorb a loss like that.

FalloutJack:

Cowabungaa:
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Oh, I'm sorry. Did you say less-than-legal activities? My, then everything's alright then, isn't it?

What's your point even, at this point? Dollars are pretty damn popular in the drug trade as well, does that change anything about the 'realness' of the dollar? No, no it doesn't. And did I even say that 'everything is alright' with crypto-currencies? No, I didn't either. Stick with the facts, son.

Could they, you know...actually kidnap the entire film and then just keep it? Please?

Because everything I've seen in the trailers makes this movie look truly terrible. :s

I loved the first movie, hated the next two, was willing to give them another shot after Stranger Tides...And now I just wish they hadn't gotten my hopes up again. :(

Arnoxthe1:

At World's End was good! I really don't know why people keep crapping on the second and third PoTC's.

Because 2 and 3 felt more like "The Lost Magical Continent (Also starring pirates)" than an actual pirate movie. Curse of the Black Pearl and Stranger Tides felt like actual "pirate movies" that had black magic and stuff in it to add a bit of spice to it rather than be completely over-present.

That and they REALLY overdid a few things like that fight on the wheel that went on for at least 15 freakin' minutes to the point where it was no longer fun.

I mean, they weren't BAD movies, but they weren't great either. They definitely didn't live up to the legacy of the incredible first one, IMO.

Cowabungaa:
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You know my point. One's a dollar and one's a fake created from nothing, conjured from the aether. It's countefeiting.

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