Two German men were sentenced yesterday (June 16) for hacking into computers owned by Lady Gaga and Dr. Dre, accessing the artists' emails and stealing their online banking information.
A two-year investigation by the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry (IFPI) revealed that in 2009 and 2010, Deniz A. and Christian M. (no last names were given) sent phishing emails to Dr. Dre and Lady Gaga that allowed them to illegally access authentication credentials for the musicians' email accounts, Computerworld reported.
From there, Deniz and Christian began stealing the artists' music and selling their unreleased tracks for as much as $1,000 per song.
A judge in Duisberg, Germany sentenced Christian M. to an 18-month suspended sentence on copyright theft and computer intrusion charges.
His accomplice, Deniz A. — he also went, ironically, by DJ Stolen — will serve 18 months in prison on the same charges as well as extortion, for stealing pictures from the singer Ke$ha's computer and attempting to blackmail her.
In addition to Dr. Dre, Lady Gaga and Ke$ha, the IFPI found that the cybercrime duo also targeted Justin Timberlake.