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Following last month's Netfilx hacking scandal, it has now emerged that Disney's upcoming Pirates of the Caribbean: Salazar's Revenge could be the latest film to be held at ransom.

Disney CEO, Bob Iger, revealed the news yesterday.

According to The Independent, the hackers are  asking for a significant amount to be paid to them in Bitcoin and are threatening to release the film in segments online if their demands are not met. 

Disney are refusing to pay and are currently working with FBI officials to determine their next move.

The Pirates of the Caribbean franchise has already earned the studio over four billion euro and it is not yet known how the potential leak will effect box office ratings.  

Pirates of the Caribbean: Salazar's Revenge comes to Irish cinemas May 26. 



So we're all pretty accustomed to seeing smart phones around the place, but now scientists have discovered that people are so finely in tune with their devices that they can guess other peoples pins and pass codes. 

New research from Newcastle University shows that watching how a phone moves when it is being held can give away what is being typed into it.

Websites can spy on the phones movements thanks to the sensory technology in the device.

Researchers were able to decipher a phone password just by watching how the phone tilts. The subjects had a 70 per cent accuracy on the first guess, and 100 per cent by the fifth guess, which is pretty scary.

This information could easily be used by malicious websites and hackers to gain personal information such as bank details and codes. 

"Most smart phones, tablets, and other wearables are now equipped with a multitude of sensors, from the well-known GPS, camera and microphone to instruments such as the gyroscope, proximity, NFC, and rotation sensors and accelerometer," said Maryam Mehrnezhad, researcher at Newcastle University.

"But because mobile apps and websites don't need to ask permission to access most of them, malicious programmes can covertly 'listen in' on your sensor data and use it to discover a wide range of sensitive information about you such as phone call timing, physical activities and even your touch actions, PINs and passwords."

This sensory tech can be accessed by malicious apps, which often don't even have to ask for permission to access it. 

And if these apps are left running in the background, they can watch your movements and even see what you are typing in as you use your smart phone for other things. 



It has been confirmed that hackers tried to steal €4m from Meath County Council.

The council confirmed the news in a statement this afternoon.

In the statement, it was revealed that the hackers tried to break in through the identity of chief executive Jackie Maguire, but thankfully it was detected before any money was taken out.

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“The Council’s bank was alerted and the matter was reported to the gardaí who provided assistance through the Financial Intelligence Unit in the National Economic Crime Bureau and through Interpol. The funds have been secured, and the matter is now the subject of criminal investigations and legal proceedings in Ireland and abroad.

“In light of the ongoing investigations, the Council has been advised to make no further comment on the matter at this time.”

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According to The Journal, Sinn Féin councillor Darren O'Rourke said of the incident: “The sum involved, over €4.3m, is staggering. It really is a huge relief to the council and, indeed, to everyone associated or who uses the services of Meath County Council that this issue was caught before it was too late.

"The council’s checks and balances kicked in and served them very well on this occasion. Everyone should be very grateful for that.

“Of utmost importance now is that the transfer of funds back into Meath County Council's account happens as soon as possible and that every effort is made to secure a successful prosecution against those involved.”

You can never be too safe.


It seems that Gigi Hadid might be the next victim of an Internet hacking scandal. 

TMZ has reported that hackers have stolen "private" photos and videos from the model's iCloud account. They are threatening to release the images online and sell them to media outlets unless the 20-year-old pays them. 

However, Gigi will not succumb to their demands. Instead, she is working with law enforcement and a private investigator to identify the blackmailers and hopefully charge them. 

It is still unclear whether her account was actually hacked or if the people blackmailing her are calling her bluff, but unfortunately this situation is not rare. 

The hack is very reminiscent of of last year's massive nude celeb photo scandal. Among the victims were Kate Upton, Jennifer Lawrence and Kirsten Dunst. Taylor Swift was also threatened to have nude photos leaked but nothing ever came of it.