German hackers "gained access to Lady Gaga's computer"

German hackers "gained access to Lady Gaga's computer"
German hackers "gained access to Lady Gaga's computer" 

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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