Monday, March 05, 2012

Sony's Michael Jackson back catalog stolen by hackers: report

If you thought any news about hacking into Sony servers was over and done with after last year's debacle was out of the question, you'd be wrong. Michael Jackson's entire back catalog of 50,000 tracks, many never released, which Sony purchased for $250 million last year, was stolen in a break-in last year.

The hack occurred right around the time of the Sony PlayStation Network hack from last year. In that hack, the information of some 77 million users globally was stolen.

Although the hack was discovered a few weeks after the PSN hack, it wasn't confirmed by a Sony rep until Saturday. After all, the hack didn't affect any consumers. At least, however, the accused miscreants have been caught.

The two men, James Marks, 26, from Daventry in Northamptonshire, and James McCormick, 25, from Blackpool, appeared in court on Friday. Both denied charges issued under the Computer Misuse Act and the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act at Leicester crown court. Amazingly, though, the case won't go to trial until January 2013.

It's unclear if any of the tracks have made their way onto the open Internet.



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