According to Disney CEO Bob Iger, the hacking of the newest installment of the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise, Dead Men Tell No Tales, never actually occurred. Iger clarified the situation with Yahoo Finance yesterday.
Two weeks ago, it was reported that Bob Iger had told ABC employees in a town hall meeting that a film had been pirated and was being held for ransom. Iger had not named it at the time, but Deadline reported that the film in question was the upcoming Pirates movie. According to the report, the hackers were demanding a substantial sum of money to not release the film prematurely. If their demands were not met, they would release the film incrementally, making subsequent demands after each segment of the feature was released.
Now Iger is saying that there was no confirmed theft. He told Yahoo Finance,”To our knowledge we were not hacked. We had a threat of a hack of a movie being stolen. We decided to take it seriously but not react in the manner in which the person who was threatening us had required.”
“We don’t believe that it was real and nothing has happened,” Iger stated.
Given that there have been absolutely zero reports of parts of the film actually being released, Disney is probably confident with their response to the situation.
Source: Yahoo Finance