Yesterday’s reports say that a group of hackers has launched a worldwide attack on the internet with a ransom-ware named WannaCry. They’ve stolen the copies of Disney’s Johnny Depp starred ‘Pirates Of The Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales’ (Part5) and are now demanding a huge amount in bitcoins from the production house, with a threat of leaking the movie.
The police have now arrested 6 people from this group from Delhi and Bihar. They’ve also seized their mobiles, laptops, hard disks, tabs, HDMI video capture, HDMI to RCA converter, along with other accessories. Quite shockingly the same gang was also the one who was first booked for the piracy of the film – ‘Baahubali: The Beginning‘.
Deputy Commissioner of Police, CCS, Avinash Mohanty went on to explain the technique of the gang and said that the hi-tech gang operated film piracy syndicate in a very organized manner. Out of the 6 accused, Divaker is the one who is the owner of Veena Cinema theater in Bibusarai district of Bihar. To make easy money, the accused made a pirated copy of the digital HD copy of the movie to illegally upload it on the internet.
On April 29, 2017, producer Prasad Devineni lodged a complaint with police stating, “On the first day of the release, a pirated HD quality version of Baahubali was copied and we were blackmailed to pay lakhs of rupees to stop pirated version from being uploaded on the internet.”
Surprisingly, this is the first ever case in India where the pirates were found blackmailing the big producers. It is sad that one of the accused, Rahul Mehta from Delhi, in the garb of the fake anti-piracy agency, was the one to negotiate the deals of the pirates with the producers. He also claims to be in touch with Bollywood’s big production houses.
We really hope this case solves soon!