A hacker known by the alias “DJ Stolen” has been given an 18 month sentence in a juvenile detention centre after admitting to stealing songs from Lady Gaga, Leona Lewis and Justin Timberlake among others.
The 18-year old German teenager (who can’t be named for legal reasonings) used phishing emails and trojan horse software to steal unreleased tracks and demos from Timberlake, Gaga, Lewis, Ke$ha and Mariah Carey, alongside the artists’ personal details, before selling them online, making over £13,000 in the process.
The hacker also managed to get access to Ke$ha’s personal computer, and was responsible for releasing the explicit pictures of the star that subsequently hit the internet.
DJ Stolen will have to undergo treatment for internet addiciton as part of his sentence, and has written to Lady Gaga to apologise.
Another hacker, 23 years of age, was given an 18-month suspended sentence for his part in the security breaches.