Israeli arrested in Madonna song leak probe

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Israel arrests man for stealing, selling Madonna songs.

JERUSALEM: Israeli police arrested a man suspected of hacking into computers and stealing songs of international pop stars, including Madonna, before leaking them online, police said.Israeli police have arrested the man, who allegedly hacked pop diva Madonna’s computer and leaked songs from her upcoming album ‘Rebel’. 27 songs from Madonna’s 13th album were were leaked online last month.The Israel Police special investigation unit 433 arrested a 38-year-old Tel Aviv resident on suspicion of hacking the computers of several musical artists, including Madonna. A law enforcement source said the investigation was linked to a complaint filed by a local representative of the US star, although no names were mentioned in an official police statement. “The investigation by the national cyber unit began after a complaint from the Israeli representative of an international female artist,” police spokeswoman Luba Samri said in the statement. “The man is suspected of offences of accessing computer material, intellectual property theft and fraud,” she said, adding that the undercover investigation was carried out in collaboration with the US Federal Bureau of Investigation.

Pop superstar Madonna on Thursday thanked Israeli law enforcement for helping to apprehend the Tel Aviv-based hacker who broke into her computer system and leaked unreleased music onto the Internet. According to a protocol of a court hearing near Tel Aviv, the suspect had no criminal record or formal computer training, and his public-appointed lawyer denied any offenses on the behalf of her client.

In December, a slew of demos from Madonna’s album-in-progress, Rebel Heart, leaked online, forcing the superstar to release six tracks and move up the release date of the full album, which was due to come out in March. Despite her best efforts, Madonna could not keep the hackers “Frozen” out, but releasing the album for pre-order as an “early Christmas present” to her fans worked out well.

Icelandic singer Bjork said she would release her new album Vulnicura months ahead of schedule after becoming the latest artist to suffer an online leak. It went to the top of the iTunes charts in 43 countries. “I am profoundly grateful to the FBI, the Israeli Police investigators and anyone else who helped lead to the arrest of this hacker,” Madonna wrote on her Facebook page. “I deeply appreciate my fans who have provided us with pertinent information and continue to do so regarding leaks of my music. Like any citizen, I have the right to privacy.” “This invasion into my life – creatively, professionally, and personally remains a deeply devastating and hurtful experience, as it must be for all artists who are victims of this type of crime,” the singer wrote. Internet leaks of albums have become increasingly common in an era in which reproducing music files requires little technical skill and pirate websites enjoy an eager listenership.

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