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Hacker Thieves and Sells Ed Sheeran Songs, Finally Caught

Navigasi - Adrian Kwiatkowski, a hacker from Ipswich in England who stole two unreleased songs by Ed Sheeran, has been sentenced to 18 months in prison, reported by the Engadget page, Sunday (23/10/2022).

Hacker Thieves and Sells Ed Sheeran Songs, Finally Caught
Hacker Thieves and Sells Ed Sheeran Songs, Finally Caught

Kwiatkowski sold Sheeran's songs, along with 12 other songs by American rapper Lil Uzi Vert, for £131,000 worth of cryptocurrency on the dark web.

British prosecutors said Kwiatkowski obtained an unreleased line by hacking into their cloud-based account.

They didn't specify which cloud service it was, but he stole from more artists, as authorities found 1,263 unreleased songs belonging to him.

American authorities launched an investigation in 2019, after several musicians reported to the New York District Attorney's office that someone using the Spirdark name had hacked their accounts and sold their content online.

Investigators eventually linked Kwiatkowski to an email address Spirdark had used with cryptocurrency accounts involved in the case.

Next, its UK address is linked to an IP address found to be associated with one of the hacked devices.

During his arrest, London police found seven devices containing 1,263 unreleased songs by 89 different artists.

Authorities found more incriminating files on his hard drive, including documents in which he detailed the methods he used to hack victims' accounts.

They also find his Bitcoins, which he admits to being in exchange for his songs.

In all, he pleaded guilty to 19 counts that included copyright infringement and possession of criminal property, enough to keep him away for a year and a half.
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