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Movie stealing was a failure in Bollywood

by on22 May 2017

Box office disaster averted.

Stealing a movie in India proved a song and dance for the hackers who ended up arrested.

A bunch of hackers thought it would be a wizard wheeze to hack into a Bollywood studio and steal Baahubali 2: The Conclusion.

Despite the title, Baahubali 2 is a “record-breaking movie taking India by storm" and the hackers managed to get their paws on a print. The studio Arka Mediaworks was contacted by someone who told them that if a ransom wasn't paid, the flick would be leaked onto the internet.

Arka contacted the police, who advised the company to engage the 'kidnappers' in dialogue to obtain proof that they had the movie in question. That was delivered in the form of a high-definition sample of the movie.

It is unclear whether those who sent the sample were aware, but the movie was forensically marked, something which allowed police and investigators to track the copy back to a specific theatre.

Shortly after, the owner of the theatre was arrested by police. This was followed by the arrest of the person who allegedly called Arka Mediaworks with the ransom demand.

In total, six arrests were made, with two of the men already known to police.

Ransoming of movies is becoming a new thing in 2017, with Russian organised crime normally behind it. This appears to have been a large, but less professional attempt.

Last modified on 22 May 2017
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