UK hackers admit stealing Michael Jackson tracks from Sony

From Computer Weekly:

Two UK men have avoided jail by admitting breaking into servers at Sony Music and downloading Michael Jackson’s 50,000-track back catalogue and previously unreleased music.

James Marks, 27, and James McCormick, 26, hacked into the record company’s servers in the US from their homes in Daventry and Blackpool, according to the UK’s Serious Organised Crime Agency (Soca).

The hackers, who met through a fan website forum, also downloaded music by artists including Elvis, Beyonce, JLS, Christina Aguilera and Britney Spears, the Telegraph reports.

The pair downloaded around 7,000 files which were completed tracks or the component parts, as well as artwork and videos.

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