Hacker Breaks Into Ed Sheeran’s Computer, Steals Songs And Sells Them For Bitcoin

In an announcement published last Friday (21), the United Kingdom Public Prosecutor’s Office (CPS) informed the arrest of Adrian Kwiatkowski for the sale of unreleased music from both Ed Sheeran how much of it? Lil Uzi Vert in exchange for bitcoin.

According to information, the hacker would have penetrated the personal accounts of the artists and have more than 565 illegally obtained audio files on his PC.

In total, the hacker will serve an 18-month prison sentence after pleading guilty to 19 counts, including copyright infringement, unauthorized access to computers and unauthorized music sales.

Hacker Breaks Into Musician’s Computer, Steals Songs And Sells Them For Bitcoin

His most popular song, called Shape of You, has been played more than 5.8 times on YouTube alone. Because of this, a hacker believed he could profit from selling unreleased Ed Sheeran songs after stealing them from the artist.

In addition to Sheeran, the 23-year-old hacker also managed to get hold of unreleased songs from rapper Lil Uzi Vert by hacking into digital accounts that gave them access.

Adrian Kwiatkowski then tried to sell them on the internet for Bitcoin, but the British authorities managed to arrest him and found 565 audio files on his computer.

“Kwiatkowski had total disregard for the musician’s creativity and hard work in producing original music and the resulting loss of income. He selfishly stole your songs to make money by selling them on the dark web.”stated Joanne Jakymec of CPS.

Ultimately, Kwiatkowski will serve 18 years in prison after pleading guilty to three counts of unauthorized access to computers, 14 counts of sales that violate copyright laws and two counts of possession of criminal property.

Growing Number of Attacks on Cryptocurrency Payments Also Draws Attention

Another similar attack is also attracting the attention of the authorities. Called ransomware, they encrypt files on the victim’s computer and make ransom demands in cryptocurrencies for their release.

Toyota even stopped production of vehicles in March this year after a ransomware attack. According to analysis, most of these attacks come from Russia.

Therefore, in addition to music leaks, artists and producers must also be aware of ransomware. After all, a hijacking of your files can lead to, for example, a delay in the release of a new disk.

Source: Live Coins