Lady Gaga V/S DJ Stolen

Internet is a serious business. Like all businesses it too has its good, bad & ugly side effects, Phishing attacks being the ugly. Records say, the top celebrities are favorite to hackers. No wonder, the deals seem to be quite profitable to the hackers. More than money, these days hackers are driven more by a desire for recognition rather than by criminal intent. However, the loss seems to be for both, hacker & victim. This is what happened to the young German hackers in year 2009 & 2010, who victimized top singers Lady Gaga, Mariah Carey, Justin Timberlake, Leona Lewis and Kesha of Phishing attacks.

These unidentified youths, 18 and 23 years, used Trojan horse software to access the computers and e-mail accounts of the managers of these top-celebs. The duo took the unpublished songs and offered them for sale or download, earning a profit of approximately 15,000 euros by offering them for sale online. Not only this but the 18-year-old hacker, who calls himself DJ Stolen, also downloaded explicit private photos of Kesha and blackmailed her to give him an audio endorsement so that he could use to promote his image among hackers.

News is that, the two hackers are been convicted inGermanyrecently. The local court of Duisburg found the defendants, guilty of dozens of counts of violating copyrights and hacking confidential data. Now, the teenager is handed an 18-month sentence at a young offenders’ institute & will also undergo therapy for an addiction to the internet, while the older defendant received an 18-month suspended sentence.

Both defendants are attested to be highly addicted to the Internet to be a mitigating factor. Earlier, we heard that DJ Stolen had sent a letter of apology to Lady Gaga in December stating that he was ashamed of what he has done and didn’t think about the consequences.

No doubt the crime did caused a huge damage to celebs and recording companies. Rather, they are targeted for the same reason. Was just wondering that when our celebrities have so much of private data, then how they can afford to be so careless. Law may take action against some hackers; however as an individual, it is our responsibility to take our own precautions. After all, prevention is always better than cure. Isn’t it?


4 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Rohit
    Jun 21, 2011 @ 12:27:30

    I just hope if this young crowd uses their talent in a better way rather than in such negative ways.


  2. sakhshi
    Jun 21, 2011 @ 12:51:57

    Rightly said “as an individual, it is our responsibility to take our own precautions”


  3. Neeta
    Jun 22, 2011 @ 10:05:35

    as we know badnaam hue magar naam toh hua……..these hackers follow the same philosophy.


  4. xxxtube
    Jul 08, 2011 @ 13:24:46

    Thanks for some great information reagrding this


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