A pair of hackers were convicted in Germany yesterday for hacking and copyright infringement offenses.
The pair, aged 18 and 23, used Trojan horse software to gain unauthorized access to the computers of high-profile artists’ managers in 2009 and 2010.
Their booty included unreleased tracks by Maria Carey, Lady Gaga, Justin Timberlake, Leona Lewis and Ke$ha, tracks that made the pair $15,000 according to the prosecution.
The teenager was handed an 18-month sentence at a young offenders’ institute. The 23-year-old received an 18-month suspended jail sentence.
The 18-year-old, who called himself DJ Stolen, had earlier apologized to Lady Gaga for leaking her music.
“Dear Lady Gaga,” he wrote in Bild. “I am ashamed of what I have done. I did not think about the consequences.”