Israeli Man Suspected of Hacking Songs From Madonna Arrested

Israeli police have arrested a Tel Aviv man suspected of hacking into Madonna’s computer to steal and sell unreleased songs by the U.S. pop star.

“The suspect over the past few months broke into the personal computers of several international artists, stole unreleased singles, some completed and some not, and sold them on the Internet,” police said in a text message.

Madonna is among the musicians whose work is suspected of being hacked, police spokeswoman Luba Samri said.

Last year several songs in various states of completion from the singer’s unreleased “Rebel Heart” album were leaked on to the Internet. She told The Guardian newspaper last month it was possible the music had been stolen from her home computer, and called the leak “artistic rape.”

The arrest of the Israeli man followed a joint investigation by the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation and the cyber unit of the Israeli police’s Lahav 433 special investigative division, police said.

The suspect, whose name is under a gag order, was charged in court today with computer trespassing, fraud and intellectual property theft. Israel’s Ynet website said he had been a contestant on a local television music talent show.

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