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German Hackers Convicted Over Theft and Leakage of Unpublished Songs

A court in Duisberg (Germany) sentenced 2 German teenagers on June 16, 2011 because they had hacked the PCs belonging to celebrities like Mariah Carey, Justin Timberlake and Lady Gaga. PCWorld.com reported this on June 17, 2011.

Going by the names Deniz A, aged 18 and Christian M., aged 13, the twin computer hackers sent phishing e-mails that delivered a Trojan for theft of unreleased songs. The crooks made obtainable or sold the unpublished songs on secret crime forums online.

The IFPI (International Federation of the Phonographic Industry) that helped during the investigation as also, in general, frequently made court cases public that were associated with piracy said that Deniz A. got an 18-month imprisonment and would further undergo therapy for countering his obsession with Web-surfing after which he'd participate in community service spanning 6-months. Christian M. conversely, got a suspended sentence for 18-months.

Deniz A., alias DJ or DJ Stolen, was further charged with acquiring photos from the PC of Kesha an artist whom he actually blackmailed.

But, after a while, DJ said sorry to Lady Gaga through a letter, which a German newspaper published, an approach that seemingly worked although limitedly since the judge maintained that Deniz A. was motivated largely with an aspiration for recognition and much less with criminal intent.

Said the prosecutors, both Deniz and Christian earned more than 15,000 euros because of their activity; however, the resultant harm was much more as millions in losses accrued owing to damages from the tracks that hadn't yet been published.

Furthermore, it appears the twin hackers belonged to a bigger hacking campaign attacking recording artists. For, investigators found a whole society of hackers that vied for theft of maximum number of unpublished content.

Usher the R&B singer, understandably annulled an already-released record of 2009, since the songs within the album were exposed online.

Jeremy Banks of IFPI appeared more-or-less happy hearing the judge's ruling as he felt that other hackers might be deterred knowing about the 18-month incarceration, whilst the move would also assist in stopping massive damage to record companies and artists. Tgdaily.com published this on June 17, 2011.

Related article: Germany Restricts Anti-Hacking Legalization

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