resident of Tel Aviv suspected of hacking into the computer of pop diva Madonna and stealing unpublished songs in order to sell them on the Internet was indicted Wednesday at the Tel Aviv Magistrates Court.
The State Attorney’s office further requested that the 39-year-old man remain in custody until the conclusion of legal procedures.
Adi Lederman was accused by the State Attorney’s office of illegally hacking into the singer’s email account and selling files for sums ranging up to tens of thousands of dollars, according to the Calcalist financial magazine.
Most of the alleged crimes were said to have taken place in 2014, though Lederman is suspected of breaking into Madonna’s personal account even after his initial arrest in January 2015.
Lederman was arrested following an undercover investigation by the cyber-crime unit of the Lahav 433 special investigations department of the police.
Cops began the probe when Madonna’s legal representative lodged a complaint after new, unpublished material from the singer was leaked to the Internet a few months ago.
The investigation was carried out in close coordination with the FBI and revealed that the suspect, 38, may have hacked into other celebrities’ computers.