Berlin – Authorities in Germany have charged two young
hackers with breaking into the personal computers of Lady Gaga, Justin
Timberlake and other artists and stealing unreleased songs which they then sold
online, the Associated Press reported. An 18-year-old, dubbed Deniz A. in
German media, and a 23-year-old accomplice reportedly used a Trojan that gave
them access to the artists’ computers undetected for some 12 months.
are said to have garnered over $13,000 from sales of the pilfered songs, which
AP said forced the advanced release of several singles.
Along with Lady Gaga
and Timberlake, the hacking also targeted artists Kelly Clarkson and Ke$ha, and
reportedly included an incident where a "sexually compromising photo"
of one of the artists in question was used to blackmail her, a German
prosecutor told AP.
The accused face up to five years in prison and large fines
Photo of Lady Gaga by Flickr user Asthma Helper