Hackers have allegedly broken into Sony Records‘ musical files and stolen all of Michael Jackson‘s extensive back catalogue of never before heard recordings. The hack is reported to have come directly from Sony’s PlayStation Network.
This is not only detrimental to Jackson’s legacy but also to Sony’s pockets as the flagship label could stand to lose hundreds of millions in irrecoverable revenue.
Check out the full details concerning the latest scandal to rock Jackson’s estate after the jump and sound-off below.
According to Billboard:
“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.”
It’s safe to say everything the late ‘King of Pop’ recorded with Sony is at risk of finding its way illegally online. Sony confirmed to BBC that they paid well over $250 million for the iconic pop singer’s remaining songs.
On Friday March 2, James Marks and James McCormick appeared at Leicester crown court in connection with the security breach, however, both denied any wrongdoings on their parts under the Computer Misuse Act and the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act. Both men are expected to stand trial January 2013. Story developing.