Israeli Man Arrested Over Madonna ‘Rebel Heart’ Leak

22 Jan 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Israeli man arrested in online leak of Madonna songs.

A month after songs from Madonna’s new album “Rebel Heart” leaked to the Internet, foiling carefully timed plans for their release, Israeli police announced the arrest of a suspect. According to a police statement, a 39-year-old Israeli from Tel Aviv arrested Wednesday is suspected of hacking into international artists’ computers and pilfering unreleased materials, which he sold online. The Madonna break-in was reported four weeks ago, but police said the arrest capped a months-long international investigation that had been under wraps.

The songs were leaked online, which Madonna called “artistic rape” and a “form of terrorism.” Following the leak in Dec. 2014, Madonna released six songs from the album on iTunes. Cybercrime investigators from an Israeli anticorruption unit called Lahav 443 were joined by FBI investigators and used various technologies to trace the hack. On Wednesday, Israeli police raided the suspect’s Tel Aviv home and seized computers and media said to include materials stolen from various artists, including Madonna. Last week, the UK police arrested an 18-year-old man in connection to PlayStation Network and Xbox Live DoS (denial of service) attacks, and another man, allegedly a member of the hacker group Lizard Squad and tied to the same attacks, has been arrested on Dec. 31, 2014. A public defender representing the suspect said her client denies the charges and says he doesn’t have the computer knowledge to have carried out the crimes.

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