Israeli said to be behind Madonna album leak named as Adi Lederman

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Israel arrests man for stealing, selling Madonna songs.

After Israeli arrested for allegedly hacking into computers of singers including pop star Madonna and selling their songs online, Madonna thanks local authorities, as suspect is remanded to house arrest. TEL AVIV — Madonna has thanked the FBI for its role in the arrest of a suspected Israeli hacker who allegedly broke into her computer, stole her music and leaked it online.Madonna has spoken out to thank the FBI and an Israeli crime-fighting agency after a man was arrested in connection with the theft of her unreleased album Rebel Heart. The 39-year-old man was apprehended in Tel Aviv on suspicion of hacking into celebrity computers, following an investigation by Israel’s Lahav 433 agency.

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. He was accused of breaking into the computers of “several international artists” and and distributing it online for “a fee,” police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld said. 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.” Israeli TV’s Channel 2 news reports a month-long probe into the crime was undertaken by Israel’s Lahav 433 cybercrime unit with the aid of a private investigation firm.

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. The perpetrator, whose identity authorities declined to reveal, has been charged with “computer trespassing, fraud and intellectual property offenses”, according to the the Jerusalem Post.

Apparently authorities seized computers from the hacker’s home and found he stole unreleased music from several artists in order to peddle the songs online. 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. An expert in Internet crime was sent to New York City to inspect the superstar’s computers, where he confirmed a hack originating in Israel. “This is artistic rape!! These are early leaked demos, half of which won’t even make it on my album,” she insisted following the initial leak, calling it a form of terror.

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. Israeli private investigator Asher Wizman said Madonna’s team contacted his company several weeks ago to look into the matter after rumors of an Israeli connection to the leak. “Our investigator found her computers, at home and at a studio, were broken into from a computer in Israel,” Wizman said. “We tracked down the computer, and the man behind it. Her ties to Israel’s music industry have expanded in recent years, particularly following her collaboration with Israeli DJ and producer Offer Nissim.

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