LONDON (Reuters) – British police on Friday arrested a person suspected of hacking well-known music acts to steal unreleased songs and promote them for cryptocurrency.
Metropolis of London Police stated the 19-year-old was arrested in Ipswich, a city in rural east England, after receiving a tip from the Manhattan District Legal professional’s (D.A.) workplace.
Additionally they searched a property in north London.
“As we speak’s motion marks a big level in our investigation into the people answerable for stealing music and promoting it on unlawful streaming web sites, worldwide,” Detective Inspector Nick Courtroom from the Metropolis of London Police Mental Property Crime Unit stated in an announcement.
“This form of crime causes vital monetary loss to those that work so extremely arduous to supply, write and make music for his or her followers to get pleasure from.”
The Manhattan D.A.’s workplace launched the investigation based mostly on referrals from the administration firms of the recording artists.
Songs have been stolen from a number of main acts and leaked on-line lately.
In June, British band Radiohead launched an album of demos and outtakes from 1997 in response to a thief who reportedly put the fabric on sale for $150,000.
And in 2015, a former contestant in Israel’s model of “American Idol” was jailed for hacking the computer systems of singers together with Madonna, who had complained about unfinished tracks from an album being leaked on-line.
Reporting by Andy Bruce; enhancing by Stephen Addison