Los Angeles – A number of new albums have been leaked prior
to their official launch dates, due to a security issue with Destiny Media’s
PlayMPE service, which provides distribution of promotional music
to radio stations, music critics and other parties, according to a report by Absolute Punk.
A teenager was reportedly able to dupe the company into
believing he was an Australian music journalist, and thereafter was able to
access promotional downloads and then post unreleased albums from artists
including The Black Keys, Hole and Macy Gray, to free file-hosting services.
to an email sent by Destiny Media to affected clients, the company "promptly
disabled the offending account and closed this exploit on Monday but by then
your album had been accessed."
Absolute Punk reports that the company has
already identified the person responsible for the leaks — who posted
information about his exploits in an online forum — and is considering legal