By Matthew Day
02 Dec 2010
Two German hackers gained access to the computers of over 50 pop stars,
including Justin Timberlake and Lady Gaga, in an attempt to steal
unreleased songs and issue blackmail threats over intimate photographs,
prosecutors have alleged.
The pair, according to German police, used nothing more than
perseverance and simple invasive programmes called Trojans, which can
break into private computer networks. But they are alleged to have
hacked into the computers of a string of world famous stars and
downloaded hundreds of documents including music, credit card details,
emails and photographs.
Their haul included a picture of the American singer Kesha, reportedly
naked and having sex. Prosecutors said that the two had tried to
blackmail the 24-year-old singer, but no money changed hands.
Happy with their success, the duo allegedly bragged on internet forums
about their ability to hack into the computers of A-list celebrities.
But prosecutors believe their main goal was unreleased musical material,
which can fetch high prices on the internet. They sold some of the music
they had obtained.
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