Madonna hacker arrested in Israel
A 39-year-old man has been arrested by Israeli police for allegedly hacking into Madonna’s computer and leaking tracks from her upcoming album. Back in December, 27 demos of songs intended for her 13th album made their way online. Madonna responded by releasing six songs early—a clever and increasingly popular tactic for mitigating the effects of a leak—and by calling the hack “a form of terrorism” and the equivalent to “artistic rape.”
While an official gag order has kept the suspect’s name out of the media, according to a statement by the cybercrime division of Lahav 433—the FBI-like organization that made the arrest—he has been identified as a former contestant on an Israeli televised singing competition and is accused of breaking into the computers of several pop stars besides Madonna.