UK hackers charged with stealing Michael Jackson songs

05.03.2012 | 16:56
Two UK men have been charged with breaking into servers at Sony Music and downloading Michael Jackson's 50,000-track back catalogue.

Michael Jackson's estate signed a $250m recording deal with Sony in 2010, giving it the rights to sell his back catalogue as well as previously unreleased tracks, according to The Guardian.

News of the theft emerged when James Marks, 26, from Daventry in Northamptonshire, and James McCormick, 25, from Blackpool, appeared at Leicester crown court.

The two men denied charges under the Computer Misuse Act and the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act. They were released on bail to await trial in January 2013.

Marks and McCormick were arrested in May last year after Sony discovered the breach during an investigation into the massive security breach on Sony's PlayStation Network and online entertainment services the month before. The hack exposed more than 100 million users to fraud.

In June, hacker group LulzSec claimed to have accessed the servers hosting Sony Pictures Entertainment and obtained the e-mail addresses, birth dates and passwords of more than one million users.

by Warwick Ashford
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