July 17, 2015 Jessica Arnaiz

Madonna’s Israeli hacker jailed for 14 months

A 39-year-old Israeli hacker and former contestant of Israel’s version of Austrian Idol, Adi Lederman, was indicted of leaking fragments of Madonna’s new album “Rebel Heart” and was found guilty of intellectual property infringement.  He is sentenced to 14-month custody by Tel Aviv Magistrate’s Court on July 9, 2015.

Lederman was first arrested and assisted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation for the outflow in January, and was summoned in February for four counts. ­

Under a plea bargain at Tel Aviv Magistrate’s Court, Adi Lederman acknowledged in computer trespassing, infringement of privacy and property rights, and has also admitted of acquiring some portions of Madonna’s work journal. Lederman was fined 15,000 shekels ($5,300). –The Sydney Morning Herald

According to Lederman’s legal representative, his client had health problems but “not someone with a criminal mentality, but rather, a very fired-up and impassioned collector that went too far”.

Amid all reports, Madonna said that “invasion into my life – creatively, professionally and personally remains a deeply devastating and hurtful experience”.  Indeed, protection of digital content against piracy is very essential.

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