Hacker tried to steal unreleased Jackson songs

A COMPUTER hacker from Daventry has sentenced for attempting to steal unreleased songs by Michael Jackson from Sony.

James Marks, aged 27, of Anson Close, Daventry, was sentenced at Leicester Crown Court to six months suspended for one year and 100 hours community requirement, having each pleaded guilty to two counts of unauthorised access to computer material.

He was sentenced along with James McCormick, aged 26, from Blackpool. They admitted hacking the music label using a compromised e-card, but the process for downloading proved to be too slow.

Gregor McGill, head of organised crime at the Crown Prosecution Service, said: “They hacked the servers of one of the world’s largest recorded music companies from their home computers in Daventry and Blackpool respectively.

“Both huge enthusiasts of Michael Jackson, they targeted Sony Music which has the exclusive license to the late musician’s catalogue.

“At the time of his death, there existed recorded but unreleased Michael Jackson music which aroused the attention of Marks and McCormick.”