Last week word came out that hackers had stolen an upcoming Disney movie and was demanding a ransom or else they would release parts of it online. While some sites quickly ran to report that the movie was the new Pirates movie, news has come out today that confirms it was The Last Jedi.
Now Variety has confirmed what we originally suspected, that Disney was duped by a hoax about a work print of The Last Jedi:
“But piracy-news site TorrentFreak, citing an email exchange with someone purporting to be behind the extortion attempt, reported that the hackers told Disney they stole an incomplete cut of “Star Wars: The Last Jedi.””
Iger told Yahoo Finance that “We don’t believe that it was real and nothing has happened”.
The Pirates thing didn’t make sense as the hackers demands were identical to what the Star Wars hoaxers asked for. Good to see that Disney figured out that it was all fake.
This is what we wrote last week when the news originally broke:
THR is reporting that Bob Iger has told Disney employees that hackers have one of their movies and is holding it for ransom:
“The Disney chief said the hackers demanded that a huge sum be paid on Bitcoin. They are threatening to release five minutes of the film the first time and then in 20-minute chunks until their financial demands are met.”
This is exactly the same as the demands the hoaxers had made over their work print. Last week the story was that they demanded 6.5 Bitcoins (about $10,000) or else they would release five minutes of the movie on June 6th.
The work print was discovered to be a hoax when the person who runs the site where they were claiming it to be real asked for proof and was given footage from The Force Awakens:
— Sam Braidley (@sbraidley) May 10, 2017
You would think Disney would have more information about the status of their in-production movie than Reddit. But this appears to be a real possibility they’ve been duped by a hoax. At least they say they won’t be paying the ransom.