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Re: SONY Hacked, Michael Jackson Songs Stolen
« Reply #15 on: March 05, 2012, 04:57:56 PM »
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Answer me this question, who's IP requesting 49,000 downloads, YOURS

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Who left the finger print - YOU

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Blame who ever you want but the facts are, YOU ARE IN COURT OVER THIS, YOU ARE THE ONES THAT STOLE FROM SONY AND THE ESTATE. #FACTS

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Re: SONY Hacked, Michael Jackson Songs Stolen
« Reply #16 on: March 05, 2012, 05:46:37 PM »
http://www.billboard.biz/bbbiz/industry/legal-and-management/michael-jackson-s-unreleased-tracks-among-1006357352.story

Michael Jackson's Unreleased Tracks Among 50,000 Songs Stolen From Sony By Hackers
March 05, 2012
By Richard Smirke, London


Hackers have reportedly stolen more than 50,000 music files from Sony Music, including Michael Jackson's entire back catalog and a large number of unreleased songs from the late King of Pop.

According to British newspaper The Sunday Times, the theft took place in April last year when hackers attacked Sony's PlayStation Network and stole the personal data of 77 million registered users. The simultaneous copying of over 50,000 music files was discovered by Sony several weeks later, says the Sunday Times, but has only now come to light. An exact breakdown of artists and repertoire included among the 50,000 illegally downloaded songs is not known, but it is said to contain Jackson's entire back catalog, including previously unheard duets with Black Eyed Peas Will.i.am and the late Queen singer Freddie Mercury.

Sony today confirmed the report to the BBC.

In March 2010, Sony paid the Jackson estate a $200 million guaranteed contract (potentially rising to $250 million) in return for 10 projects over seven years. Included in the terms of the deal was unreleased material from "Off the Wall," "Thriller" and "Bad" studio sessions, as well as the right to exploit Jackson's catalog in video games, amusement park rides, television adverts and memorabilia. The deal took place nine months after Jackson died, aged 50, from a drugs overdose.

The Sunday Times quotes a well-placed source as saying, "Everything Sony purchased from the Michael Jackson estate was compromised." According to the Sunday Times, the theft of Jackson's catalog was discovered in the weeks following the initial attack on Sony's PlayStation Network through routine monitoring of social networking sites, Jackson fan sites and hacking forums.

"It caused them to check their systems and they found the breach," the paper's label source is quoted as saying, adding, "Sony identified the weakness and plugged the gap."

Sony Music did not respond to requests to comment when contacted by Billboard.biz, although The Sunday Times claims that major has confirmed the theft of Jackson's catalog. It refused to comment on how many tracks were downloaded, or whether any other Sony artists were among those whose repertoire was stolen. In addition to Michael Jackson, Sony Music distributes the catalog for Jimi Hendrix, while Chris Brown, Leonard Cohen, Foo Fighters, Paul Simon and Avril Lavigne are among the big name artists signed to the music major. 

The Sunday Times reports that Sony informed the Jackson estate about the theft as soon as it was discovered before contacting the cybercrime wing of the U.K. Serious Organised Crime Agency (SOCA), who took over the case. On Friday March 2, two men appeared at Leicester crown court accused of offences in connection with the alleged security breach. Both men denied charges under the Computer Misuse Act and the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act and were released on bail, reports U.K. newspaper The Guardian. They will stand trial next January.

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Re: SONY Hacked, Michael Jackson Songs Stolen
« Reply #17 on: March 05, 2012, 09:15:09 PM »
http://www.vibe.com/post/sony-confirms-hack-michael-jackson-songs-129099

Sony is now confirming the hack of its website, which resulted in cyber thieves stealing Michael Jackson tracks.
The company paid $250 million to MJ's singer's estate in a seven-year deal for the rights to his remaining songs. Sony released the late singer's first posthumous album, Michael, in December of 2010.
Trouble began for the Japanese company, last year, when their Sony PlayStation Network was hacked. The personal details of more than 70 million is said to have been taken.
Reps for Sony would not confirm how much of Jacksonn's catalog was actually stolen
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Re: SONY Hacked, Michael Jackson Songs Stolen
« Reply #18 on: March 05, 2012, 09:16:35 PM »
http://artsbeat.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/03/05/sony-says-michael-jackson-recordings-were-stolen-from-its-site/

March 5, 2012, 9:56 AM
Sony Says Michael Jackson Recordings Were Stolen From Its Site
By DAVE ITZKOFF


This could be bad for Sony, in many senses of the word: that media giant has confirmed that several tracks recorded by Michael Jackson were stolen from its Web site after it was hacked, BBC News reported. Sony has not said what Jackson tracks were taken, but in 2010 it closed a $250 million deal with the singer’s estate to acquire his back catalog (including best-selling albums like “Thriller” and “Bad”) and to release previously unheard recordings, beginning with a posthumous album, “Michael,” that went on sale in December of that year. Last April a Sony online network for its PlayStation game consoles was hacked, compromising the personal data of some 77 million users; the Sony Music Japan site and Sony Ericsson online store were also hacked in the following weeks. The BBC said the Jackson tracks were taken during this time. In May two British men, James Marks and James McCormick, were arrested in connection with the hacks and are to go on trial next January.

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Re: SONY Hacked, Michael Jackson Songs Stolen
« Reply #19 on: March 05, 2012, 09:20:02 PM »
http://www.bbc.co.uk/newsbeat/17256870

Sony Music confirms hack of Michael Jackson tracks
Page last updated at 12:29 GMT, Monday, 5 March 2012


Sony says a number of Michael Jackson tracks have been stolen after its website was hacked.

The company will not confirm how many tracks or what material was taken in the online attack.

In 2010 Sony Music paid $250 million (£158m) to the late singer's estate for a seven-year deal for the rights to his remaining songs.

The first tracks came out with the release of a posthumous album called Michael in December that year.

The singer, who died in June 2009 at the age of 50, had recorded unreleased duets with artists ranging from the late Freddie Mercury and Black Eyed Peas singer will.i.am.

In April last year Sony's PlayStation Network was hacked and the company admitted that the personal details of more than 70 million people may have been taken.

The hack of Michael Jackson tracks is said to have taken place soon after that but has not been revealed until now.

The Sony Music site also hosts tracks by other artists including the Foo Fighters, Olly Murs and Avril Lavigne although it is still unclear whether they are affected.

Two men from the UK have appeared in court to deny computer misuse and copyright offences.

James Marks, 26 and from Daventry, and 25-year-old James McCormick from Blackpool, were arrested last May and are due to stand trial in January 2013.

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Re: SONY Hacked, Michael Jackson Songs Stolen
« Reply #20 on: March 05, 2012, 09:32:26 PM »
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My Husband was well within law to take open copies of work for the use of research and a heavily talked about consumer fraud case

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Re: SONY Hacked, Michael Jackson Songs Stolen
« Reply #21 on: March 05, 2012, 09:58:18 PM »
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/03/05/michael-jackson-hacking-james-marks-james-mccormick_n_1321912.html?ncid=edlinkusaolp00000003

Michael Jackson Hacking: James Marks And James McCormick Charged In Sony Breach
JILL LAWLESS   03/ 5/12 02:54 PM ET


LONDON — Two men have been charged in Britain with hacking into Sony Music's computers and stealing music, the company and British police said Monday. A person familiar with the situation said the hackers had obtained unreleased Michael Jackson tracks.

Sony Music Entertainment spokeswoman Liz Young said the company noticed a breach of its systems in May, "and immediately took steps to secure the site and notify authorities. As a result, the two suspects were arrested."

She said no customer data were compromised in the attack on the company's internal music-sharing system.

Sony would not confirm how much music was stolen or what artists were involved. But a person familiar with the situation, who was not authorized to speak publicly, said Monday that the suspects were Jackson fans and had taken his music, including unreleased material.

The year after the King of Pop's 2009 death, Sony signed a 7-year deal with his estate, worth up to $250 million, to sell his unreleased recordings.

Britain's Serious Organized Crime Agency said two suspects were arrested in May and charged in September with computer misuse and copyright offenses.

James Marks, 26, and James McCormick, 25, appeared at Leicester Crown Court in central England on Friday and pleaded not guilty. They were freed on bail and are due to stand trial in January.

The case is not believed to be linked to Anonymous or Lulz Security – loose-knit hackers' collectives, broadly sympathetic to the WikiLeaks' secret-spilling site – who have targeted government and corporate websites around the world.

Last year, hackers compromised credit card data, email addresses and other personal information from millions of users of Sony's PlayStation and Sony Online Entertainment networks. At the time, Lulz Security claimed responsibility for the hack.
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Re: SONY Hacked, Michael Jackson Songs Stolen
« Reply #22 on: March 05, 2012, 11:07:03 PM »
http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/03/05/michaeljackson-hacking-sony-idUSL4E8E573920120305

UPDATE 1-Michael Jackson files allegedly stolen by hackers
Mon Mar 5, 2012 12:16pm EST
By Mike Collett-White


(Reuters) - A large number of music files of the late "king of pop" Michael Jackson were allegedly stolen from record company Sony Music by computer hackers, sources familiar with the case said on Monday.

Sony Music, a unit of Sony Corps, signed a deal with Jackson's estate in 2010, the year after the "Thriller" singer's death, to release 10 albums covering previously unreleased material and his back catalogue.

The value of the agreement was widely reported to be around $250 million, making it one of the biggest in music history. But sources close to the label have disputed the figure, calling it pure speculation on the part of the press.

On Friday, two men appeared in a British court accused of offences connected with the alleged security breach. They were arrested last May and charged in September.

James Marks and James McCormick denied the charges under the Computer Misuse Act and the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act at Leicester Crown Court.

According to the Serious Organised Crime Agency, they were remanded on bail and were due to stand trial in January next year.

Sony Music issued a brief statement:

"We confirmed the breach last May and immediately took steps to secure the site and notify authorities," the company said. "As a result, the two suspects were arrested. There was no consumer data involved in the incident."


The IFPI record industry lobby group declined to comment on the ongoing investigation.

Sources could not confirm British media reports that tens of thousands of files, most of them by Jackson, were allegedly downloaded illegally, although files can vary from entire tracks to small snippets of music.

The allegations come less than a year after Sony faced widespread criticism over its systems security when hackers accessed personal information on 77 million PlayStation Network and Qriocity accounts.

The company later revealed hackers had stolen data from 25 million accounts of a separate system, its Sony Online Entertainment PC games network.

Industry sources said there was nothing to suggest that the large-scale hacking cases were linked to the Jackson files breach.

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Re: SONY Hacked, Michael Jackson Songs Stolen
« Reply #23 on: March 06, 2012, 12:11:08 AM »
SUMMERY SO FAR

*** November 2010 Breaking News Streamed on mj.com

*** Fans dispute that it is 100% Michael vocals

*** December 2010 MICHAEL album released, causing fans to doubt the authenticity of 3 songs brought to SONY by Casio brothers

*** Ongoing controversy among fans through out 2010 and 2011

*** March 2011 Birchy talks on MJJC about Hollywood Tonight remixes

*** April 2011 Birchy says on MJJC he has all 12 Casio songs, that he obtained them via a link he was sent to Sonys server

*** Snippets of the songs appear online and on MJJC

*** Sony employee sees fans talking on MJJC & social networking sites

*** May 2011 Birchy arrested for fraud, MJJC closed for a few days when Serious Organised Crime Agency (SOCA) issued a warrant to check MJJC's files as part of their investigation of Birchy

*** Cartman arrested as co conspirator

*** August 26 on twitter Birchy says they detected his IP requested 49 000 downloads

*** Friday 2 March both Birchy and Cartman appeared at Leicester crown court. They denied charges under the Computer Misuse Act and the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act and were released on bail.

*** Story first appears in The UK Sunday Times Newspaper, and throughout Sunday is picked up by various other news sites, and more and more information is published.

*** On twitter Birchys wife admits songs were stolen but only the 12 Casio songs and that the motivation was to prove if the Casio songs were 100% Michael or not.

*** Their real names and county locations are published

*** Monday Sony confirm hack happen, stating "no customer data were compromised in the attack on the company's internal music-sharing system"

*** The case is not believed to be linked to Anonymous or Lulz Security

*** Trial due to start in Leicester crown court in January 2013

*** Early Tuesday 6 March morning London time Birchys wifes twitter is taken down
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Re: SONY Hacked, Michael Jackson Songs Stolen
« Reply #24 on: March 06, 2012, 09:21:28 AM »
FROM MJJC  POSTED BY GINGER

internal intranet or web-based applications are used for internal purposes only. So, if Birchey said someone sent him the link, it would mean either they were given access by an employee, i.e. paswords etc... to log in and get this information, or they hacked it, because an internal server will recognize a username and password that is already verified as secure by the system.

depending upon the internal application and database, something like this would have the highest security since one is dealing with intellectual property, and when it comes to the bottomline, these systems are protected greatly, but it doesn't mean they can't be hacked. However, I doubt one would be able to gain access unless they were actually on the network, for instance an installed secure VPN line on a company computer that can be verified by the system. So, this looks like a straight up hacking but I could be wrong.


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Re: SONY Hacked, Michael Jackson Songs Stolen
« Reply #25 on: March 06, 2012, 09:26:28 AM »
http://www.themusicnetwork.com/music-news/artists/2012/03/06/michael-jackson-hack-what-does-it-mean/

Michael Jackson hack: What does it mean?
06 March 2012
by Nathan Jolly


Last Friday, two UK men appeared in court, accused of stealing a large number of unreleased music files from Michael Jackson's digital vaults at Sony Music.

The deal Sony Music signed with the estate of Jackson is reportedly worth US$250 million, making this security breach/haul more than just college kids illegally downloading Pavement B-sides. Ten posthumous albums have been planned; with only one having been released to date, it's fair to say a widespread leak could jeopardise over a decade's worth of roll out plans for the label.

"We confirmed the breach last May and immediately took steps to secure the site and notify authorities," a statement from Sony says. "As a result, the two suspects were arrested. There was no consumer data involved in the incident."

The two men, James Marks and James McCormick, were arrested last May and charged in September. They denied the charges (under the Computer Misuse Act and the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act, obviously) and were remanded on bail.

What the hackers hoped to gain from the security breach isn't clear. If they succeeded in spreading the files, they would not have made any financial gain. As it stands, Sony Music seem to have controlled the breach, and regardless of any prosecution, it seems safe to say that we will be hearing 2pac-paced posthumous releases from Jackson for years to come.


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Re: SONY Hacked, Michael Jackson Songs Stolen
« Reply #26 on: March 06, 2012, 08:43:18 PM »
‏ @SuzanneMarks1
@onir_mj Other people got, and are selling those songs, multitracks and all, they were not on the server at the time James was on there.

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@onir_mj James bought those 5 demos HT,IAAL, Etc for £80 almost a month before he was sent the promo links for the sony server.

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@SerenityxDreams I have the right to speak bout my own experiences and things i know as fact, trust me wait 'til the other side of the story

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@SerenityxDreams I understand thanks 4 the concern, but its hard when the other side are releasng ficticous statements that affect my family

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And on that note goodnight all, please keep an open mind, the truth is coming.........tbc

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For all the Michael jackson fans labelling my husband guilty, did you not learn anything from how the media treated Michael?

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There is a reason why he and his co-defendant pleaded not guilty, a DAMN good reason, wait and see :)

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Re: SONY Hacked, Michael Jackson Songs Stolen
« Reply #27 on: March 07, 2012, 07:53:25 PM »
http://abcnews.go.com/Technology/wireStory/lawyer-jackson-theft-accused-prove-innocence-15867543#.T1euNMAaPZU

Lawyer: Jackson Theft Accused Will Prove Innocence
By JILL LAWLESS Associated Press
LONDON March 7, 2012 (AP)


Two Michael Jackson fans accused of stealing unreleased music by the late King of Pop from Sony's computers are confident they can prove their innocence in court, their lawyer said Wednesday.

Solicitor Karen Todner said James Marks and Jamie McCormick "are eager to point out to Michael Jackson's fans and family that they would never do anything to harm the legacy that is Michael Jackson's music."

"As Michael Jackson has said," she added, "'Lies run sprints but the truth runs marathons.'"


The two British men were arrested last year after Sony Music Entertainment noticed a breach of its systems.

The entertainment company has a seven-year deal, worth up to $250 million, to sell unreleased recordings by Jackson, who died in 2009 at the age of 50.

Sony says no customer data were compromised in the attack on the company's internal music-sharing system.

Marks, 26, and McCormick, 25, pleaded not guilty last week at Leicester Crown Court in central England to computer misuse and copyright offenses. They were freed on bail and are due to stand trial in January.

The case is not believed to be linked to Anonymous or Lulz Security, loose-knit hackers' collectives, broadly sympathetic to the WikiLeaks' secret-spilling site, who have targeted government and corporate websites around the world.

Last year, hackers targeted Sony Playstation and Sony Online Entertainment networks, compromising personal information, email addresses and the security of millions of user accounts. At the time, Lulz Security claimed responsibility for the hack.

On Tuesday, the FBI announced that five alleged Lulz Security members had been arrested in the U.S., Britain and Ireland after one of the group's leading hackers turned informant

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Re: SONY Hacked, Michael Jackson Songs Stolen
« Reply #28 on: March 07, 2012, 08:09:45 PM »
http://www.kaimtodner.com/news/2012/03/07/james_marks_and_jamie_mccormick__media_release.asp

STATEMENT FROM Kaim Todner Solicitors Ltd

James Marks & Jamie McCormick - Media Release

The media has paid a lot of attention to this case over the last few days.
Some of the information provided to the media, thus far, is grossly inaccurate.

There is a trial fixed in January 2013 and both defendants are keen not to prejudice their defence by further disclosures. However, they are eager to point out to Michael Jackson's fans and family that they would never do anything to harm the legacy that is Michael Jackson's music. As Michael Jackson has said "lies runs sprints but the truth runs marathons".

Mr Marks and Mr McCormick deny the allegations against them and are confident they will prove their innocence at their trial.

Karen Todner
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Re: SONY Hacked, Michael Jackson Songs Stolen
« Reply #29 on: January 27, 2013, 02:06:02 PM »
Michael Jackson fans sentenced for Sony Music hacking  Friday, 11 January 2013
By Jim Taylor
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Two men who admitted hacking Sony Music stealing thousands of hours of music tracks including unreleased material by Michael Jackson, have been spared jail.

James Marks, 27, of Daventry, Northants, and James McCormick, 26, of Blackpool, downloaded up to 7,000 files, including music by Beyonce.

After pleading guilty to computer misuse offences, they were given a six month sentence suspended for a year.

They were each also ordered to complete 100 hours community service.

Leicester Crown Court heard Marks and McCormick accessed thousands of files.

The hack happened in 2011 but was only confirmed by the record company last March.

The court heard there was a security flaw in the system used by Sony Music to share music with people outside the firm.

Marks and McCormick were not the first to exploit this but they used an adapted programme to speed up the process of downloading files.

The pair claimed they only wanted to gather evidence that some Jackson material released after his death didn't actually feature the singer's voice.

Sony Music has always denied that vocals on some tracks on the posthumous album 'Michael' were done by another singer.

In 2010 the firm paid $250m (£158m) to Michael Jackson's estate for a seven-year deal for the rights to his remaining songs.

The singer, who died in June 2009 at the age of 50, had recorded unreleased duets with artists ranging from the late Freddie Mercury to Black Eyed Peas singer will.i.am.

Online conversations between Marks and McCormick were read out in court in which they talked about selling the material, but this never came to anything.

The case was investigated by the Serious Organised Crime Agency (SOCA).

Head of cyber investigations Mick Jamieson said the men "knew exactly what they were doing, and knew the full implications".

"The internet's a fantastic tool for everyone to use, but sadly there are one or two individuals who choose to misuse it.

"The authorities are now able to to identify what you're doing, find out who you are, and come and arrest you."

Marks, 27, from Daventry, and 26-year-old McCormick, from Blackpool, admitted two counts of unauthorised access to computing materials, and were given six month jail sentences, suspended for a year.

More serious charges against the men were dropped last summer.

Speaking outside court, James Marks said he was sorry for downloading the files but was still determined to prove Michael Jackson didn't sing on some tracks on 'Michael'.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/newsbeat/20983940