Madonna hacker indicted in Tel Aviv


JERUSALEM (JTA) — A Tel Aviv man was indicted for hacking American pop star Madonna’s computer and selling unreleased songs.

Adi Lederman, 39, was charged on Tuesday in Tel Aviv Magistrate Court with illegal wiretapping, invasion of privacy, copyright infringement and obstruction of justice.

An undercover investigation by the Internet crime unit of Israel’s anti-fraud police led to the allegation that Lederman hacked into Madonna’s computer and posted songs from an unreleased album.

He also is accused of hacking into the computers of several other international artists.

He allegedly sold Madonna’s unreleased tracks online after stealing them in December.

After the unauthorized release of 27 tracks from her forthcoming album, “Rebel Heart,” Madonna released six fully-produced tracks early. She called the theft “a form of terrorism” and the equivalent of “artistic rape.”

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