Pop superstar Madonna on Thursday thanked Israeli law enforcement for helping to apprehend the Tel Aviv-based hacker who broke into her computer system and leaked unreleased music onto the Internet.
The Israel Police special investigation unit Lahav 433 arrested a 38-year-old Tel Aviv resident on suspicion of hacking the computers of several musical artists, including Madonna, and stealing unreleased music to sell online.
In December, a slew of demos from Madonna’s album-in-progress, Rebel Heart, leaked online, forcing the superstar to release six tracks and move up the release date of the full album, which was due to come out in March.
Despite her best efforts, Madonna could not keep the hackers “Frozen” out, but releasing the album for pre-order as an “early Christmas present” to her fans worked out well. It went to the top of the iTunes charts in 43 countries.