Authorities say hacker who stole music arrested in UK

September 13, 2019 - 9:17 am

NEW YORK (AP) — Authorities in New York and London say a teenage hacker has been arrested in England on charges of stealing unreleased songs from international music artists and selling them for cryptocurrency.

Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr. says the 19-year-old man was arrested Thursday in Ipswich, England. His name was withheld by authorities in both countries because of the United Kingdom's privacy laws.

The law enforcement authorities did not say which recording artists' music was stolen. They said the man accessed the musicians' websites and cloud-based accounts illegally.

Vance's office said it began investigating after receiving referrals from music management companies.

Detective Inspector Nick Court of the City of London Police said in a statement that this sort of crime causes "significant financial loss" to musicians.

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