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    Mon, 05 Mar 2012 09:52:52

    Michael Jackson's Back Catalog Hacked - Cyber thieves illegally downloaded 50,000 files

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    Michael Jackson's entire back catalogue was hacked. Cyber thieves illegally downloaded 50,000 music files, including an unreleased collaboration with will.i.am as well as a tune featuring the late Freddie Mercury of Queen.

    Sony execs paid $250 million to Jackson's estate in 2010 for the catalog, including unheard material from studio sessions during which Jackson recorded his classics, such as Off the Wall, Thriller and Bad.

    A source told the Sunday Times that "Everything Sony purchased from the Michael Jackson estate was compromised. It caused them to check their systems and they found the breach. There was a degree of sophistication. Sony identified the weakness and plugged the gap."

    Those hackers know what they are doing.

    In your opinion, what is the appropriate punishment for a crime such as this?

    —Ella Marchesa
    03.05.12



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