JERUSALEM – An Israeli court jailed a man who is a former contestant in Israel’s version of “American Idol” for 14 months on Thursday for hacking the computers of singers stealing their new songs and selling them including the pop star Madonna.
She complained about unfinished tracks from her latest album “Rebel Heart” being leaked online.
Adi Lederman, 39, was arrested in January after an investigation assisted by the FBI.
He is a Tel Aviv resident born in 1976, had no criminal record or formal computer training.
The court said in a statement. “The ease with which crimes such as this can be committed by those who have skills in the field, such as the accused, require an appropriate punitive response that has a deterrent and uncompromising message.”
The justice ministry said “Adi Lederman confessed of hacking in to a number of computers working with Madonna, and selling the musical files of Madonna he copied from those computers to two buyers.”
Lederman was also fined 15,000 shekels ($4,000).
Tel Aviv magistrate’s court said Lederman had stolen demos of Madonna’s unreleased album “Rebel Heart” and sold copies to two different people for $300 each.
Madonna has said the crime was an “invasion into my life – creatively, professionally and personally (that) remains a deeply devastating and hurtful experience”.
The court statement on Thursday said he had medical problems that had mitigated his sentence.
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