Monday, March 12, 2012

Two suspects arrested and charged with stealing Michael Jackson Songs.

Sony music had its second major security breach in a year, when thieves targeted unreleased Michael Jackson material.

Sony confirmed there had been a security breach and that the Michael Jackson songs had been stolen but refused to say how many songs were downloaded.

Last year Sony paid the Jackson Estate $250 million for the seven-year rights to the material allowing  them to release 10 new Projects. Jackson's estate had been informed about the incident but the breach was not made public as there was no customer data involved.

Liz Young, spokeswoman for Sony Music Entertainment stated  the company noticed a breach of its systems in May, and immediately took steps to secure the site and notify authorities. As a result, two suspects. James Marks and James McCormick were arrested.

Computer experts had traced the hack to the UK by examining a "fingerprint" allegedly left behind.

SOCA The Serious Organized Crime division took up the case and two men appeared in court last week charged with offences  under the Computer Misuse Act and the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act at Leicester Crown Court.

James Marks and James McCormick denied the charges and were remanded on bail.

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