Music hackers in Britain admit stealing unreleased Michael Jackson tracks
Two men in Brtain have admitted hacking into Sony Music's servers and copying thousands of files, including previously unreleased tracks by Michael Jackson.
James Marks, 27, and James McCormick, 26, hacked into the record company's servers in the US from their homes in Daventry, Northants, and Blackpool.
They downloaded thousands of tracks, including ones by Jackson and previously unreleased music, the Serious Organised Crime Agency (SOCA) said.
According to the Telegraph, the hackers, who met through a fan website forum, also downloaded music by artists including Elvis, Beyonce, JLS, Christina Aguilera and Britney Spears.
In total they downloaded around 7,000 files which were completed tracks or the component parts, as well as artwork and videos, SOCA said.
Marks and McCormick were arrested in May 2011 after Sony identified the security breach.
SOCA said that Chatlogs recovered from their computer hard drives showed they were planning to sell or trade some of the files.
Marks and McCormick received six month sentences suspended for one year at Leicester Crown Court after pleading guilty to computer misuse offences at an earlier hearing in September.
They were also each ordered to do 100 hours community service, the report added.