Hacker threat about stolen movie was a hoax, says Disney CEO

Box office numbers prove Disney knew what it was doing when the studio chose to make the fifth installment of the "Pirates of the Caribbean" franchise. Darkness claimed to have stolen an incomplete cut of the film and demanded a ransom of 2 bitcoins per month until September.

The hackers were said to have been threatening to release five and 20-minute segments of the film until payment was recieved.

The Hollywood Reporter said at the time that Disney refused to pay the ransom and had been working with the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

But now Disney says it wasn't hacked after all.

"To our knowledge we were not hacked", he tells Yahoo Finance.

"We don't believe that it was real and nothing has happened", Igor said in the interview.

Iger took no chances after receiving the threat.

"In today's world, cyber security is a front burner issue", he said.

But reviews like these (and there are many) haven't kept the viewing public out of their seats or from enjoying the film. "Going all the way back to Walt Disney's day, he appreciated the fact that he could use technology to make the stories that he told more compelling".

Earlier this month a hacker called The Dark Overlord demanded a ransom from Netflix amid claims he had stolen the forthcoming season of Orange is the New Black from Larson Studio, a small production vendor in California. In some cases, the hackers have unsuccessfully attempted to access their systems without warning.

In November 2014, a hacker group believed to have been working with support from North Korea, released a cache of confidential data pilfered from Sony.

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