The City of London Police Intellectual Property Crime Unit (PIPCU) with the Manhattan District Attorney’s (DA) office has napped a 19-year-old man on suspicion of copyright and computer misuse act offences in Ipswich, England.
According to a release published by the City of London Police Intellectual Property Crime Unit (PIPCU) and made available to the public, the suspected hacker illegally accessed the websites and cloud-based accounts of musicians and sold their stolen songs in exchange for cryptocurrency.
Detective Inspector at City of London Police Intellectual Property Crime Unit (PIPCU), Nick Court reportedly said that
“Today’s action marks a significant point in our investigation into the individuals responsible for stealing music and selling it on illegal streaming websites, worldwide. This sort of crime causes significant financial loss to those who work so incredibly hard to produce, write and make music for their fans to enjoy.”
The Manhattan District Attorney’s (DA) office set into investigation following referrals received from the recording artists’ management companies where the suspected hacker allegedly stole unreleased songs from world-famous recording artists.
In reaction, the Manhattan District Attorney, Cyrus Vance reportedly said that “as one of the world’s leading creative capitals, New York City is dedicated to protecting artists’ IP and ensuring that those who steal it face the music as demonstrated by this investigation, my office has the expertise, resources, and partnerships to help cybercrime victims reach across the globe to get justice.”