Hackers Sentenced For Stealing Unreleased Michael Jackson Songs

8:30 PM EST

by: Brandon Brown

Two hackers were charged with stealing unreleased tracks by Michael Jackson from Sony Music.

James McCormick, 26, of Blackpool, and James Marks, 27, of Daventry, Northants, admitted to hacking into the record company‘s databases and stealing material. According to the Serious Organised Crime Agency (SOCA), McCorminck and Marks downloaded thousands of songs on Sony‘s servers, including ones recorded by the pop star icon.

They also downloaded music from music artists Elvis, Beyonce and Christina Aguilera.

“These men stole thousands of copyrighted files belonging to Sony Music. Our remit is to protect businesses as well the public, and we will continue to work closely with law enforcement and industry partners to tackle online criminality,” said Mick Jameison, from SOCA’s Cyber Department in a NWE.com article.

The two men, who met online, avoided jail time, but were ordered to complete 100 hours of community service.

According to a CBS News article, chat logs were recovered from their computers and evidence showed that they planned to sell or trade some of the files. The two were arrested in May 2011 after Sony recognized the breach.

They received their orders for community service at central England‘s Leicester Crown Court on Friday (Jan. 11).

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