Michael Jackson Song Files Stolen by Hackers, Sony Confirms
Hackers have stolen more than 50,000 music files from Sony Music, including Michael Jackson’s entire back catalog and a large number of unreleased songs from the late King of Pop.
According to British newspaper The Sunday Times, the theft took place in April last year when hackers attacked Sony’s PlayStation Network and stole the personal data of 77 million registered users. The simultaneous copying of over 50,000 music files was discovered by Sony several weeks later, says the Sunday Times, but has only now come to light. An exact breakdown of artists and repertoire included among the 50,000 illegally downloaded songs is not known, but it is said to contain Jackson’s entire back catalog, including previously unheard duets with Black Eyed Peas will.i.am and the late Queen singer Freddie Mercury.
Sony today confirmed the report to the BBC.