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TEL AVIV — Madonna has thanked the FBI for its role in the arrest of a suspected Israeli hacker who allegedly broke into her computer, stole her music and leaked it online. The singer described the theft of her music as an "invasion into my life" and a "deeply devastating and hurtful experience."
Israeli authorities announced on Wednesday that an 39-year-old from Tel Aviv had been detained after a lengthy and complex undercover operation in partnership with the FBI. He was accused of breaking into the computers of "several international artists" and and distributing it online for "a fee," police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld said. No other artists have been named.
"I am profoundly grateful to the FBI, the Israeli Police investigators and anyone else who helped lead to the arrest of this hacker," Madonna said in a statement released late Wednesday. "Like any citizen, I have the right to privacy. This invasion into my life — creatively, professionally, and personally — remains a deeply devastating and hurtful experience, as it must be for all artists who are victims of this type of crime."