Through joint work, U.S. and England authorities managed to arrest a young hacker accused of stealing unreleased songs from various international artists in order to sell them through cryptocurrency transactions.
The 19-year-old was arrested Thursday in Ipswich, England, said Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr. Due to UK privacy legislation, the authorities of both countries reserved the name of the accused.
According to the report, the defendant managed to illegally access the websites of the affected musicians, as well as compromising cloud-hosted accounts. Authorities also did not disclose the names of the affected musicians.
This was not the authorities’ only finding, as it was also discovered that a hacker group stole data from the 64,000 attendees of the latest edition of the Tomorrowland festival. The D.A.’s office said it would begin an investigation after receiving referrals from some music management companies.
“The New York City authorities are dedicated to protecting artists’ intellectual property and ensuring that intellectual property crimes face the consequences,” he concluded.
Nick Court, inspector of the Intellectual Property Crimes Unit in London, said: “This investigation marks an important point in our fight against such crimes and the penalties faced by those responsible for stealing music and marketing it illegally.” It is important to remember that these crimes cause significant economic losses for artists and industry.
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