Two British men that hacked into Sony Music’s servers and illegally downloaded almost 8,000 copyrighted music files have been handed suspended 6 month prison sentences and ordered to complete 100 hours of community service. The investigation into the illegal downloads was headed by SOCA (Serious Organised Crime Agency) when Sony first became aware of the security breach.
Apparently James Marks and James McCormick managed to steal unreleased music by the legend Michael Jackson, the CPS claims the men were huge fans of the late star and had deliberately targeted Sony Music as they were aware that Sony hold an exclusive licence to his music.
The men were found to have breached the Computer Misuse Act 1990 that states it an offence for a person without authorisation:
– To knowingly cause a computer to perform any function with the intent to secure access to any program or data held in any computer.
– Or to enable any such access to be secured.
The two men pleaded guilty to two counts of unauthorised access to computer material. The CPS further commented that the men were guilty of criminal activity as they were fully aware that the files were subject to copyright, however they still attempted to share and even sell the music online.