June 19, 2021

Hackers Steal $253 Million Worth of Michael Jackson Songs from Sony

(LiveHacking.Com) – Sony music suffered its second major security breach in a 12 months, this time hackers have accessed Sony’s servers and downloaded Michael Jackson’s entire back catalog worth some $253 million. If true, this makes this attack the biggest cyber crime of all time.

According to reports (here and here) 50,000 music tracks have been illegally accessed and downloaded by hackers, including thousands of previously unreleased Michael Jackson songs. Song bought the unpublished songs (along with his entire back catalog) from Jackson’s estate for just over $250 Million in 2010. The purchase gave Sony the right to release and distribute the songs. A source reportedly told Britain’s Sunday Times that, “Everything Sony purchased from the Michael Jackson estate was compromised.”

Among the unreleased songs is unreleased material from his studio albums along with duets with various stars including the late Freddie Mercury and Black Eyed Peas singer Will.i.am.

According to Fox News, Sony has admitted there had been a security breach and that the Michael Jackson songs where downloaded. Fox also report that the Jackson estate had been told about the hack but wanted (with Sony) to keep the incident secret as there was no customer data involved. There are unconfirmed reports that the hackers came from the UK.

It is also believed that the attackers gain access to music by other performers including  Jimi Hendrix, Paul Simon, Olly Murs, the Foo Fighters and Avril Lavigne.