Disney CEO on ‘Pirates’ Ransom Scheme: ‘We Were Not Hacked’

“We don’t believe that it was real and nothing has happened,” says Bob Iger

Last Updated: May 25, 2017 @ 2:56 PM

Disney Chairman and CEO Bob Iger on Thursday refuted reports that studio was hacked.

“To our knowledge we were not hacked,” Iger told Yahoo Finance. “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.”

Iger added, “We don’t believe that it was real and nothing has happened.”

According to the The Hollywood Reporter, Disney CEO Bob Iger said in a meeting with ABC employees on May 15th in New York that hackers claimed to have a stolen movie, but did not disclose the film or the amount demanded.

Deadline reported that the hackers have stolen the upcoming Johnny Depp vehicle “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales,” set for release on May 26.

Iger did not disclose to employees the movie or the amount of ransom (purportedly demanded by hackers to be paid in Bitcoin), but said Disney currently working with the FBI on the matter.

Disney did not return TheWrap’s request for comment. The FBI said that it could neither confirm nor deny the report.

A spokesman for producer Jerry Bruckheimer declined to comment and directed TheWrap to Disney.