Madonna thanks FBI and Isareli police after man is arrested over album hack
Madonna has issued a statement thanking the FBI and Israeli police investigators after a man was arrested on suspicion of hacking into the computers of pop stars including herself and selling unreleased songs online.
A 39-year old man has been arrested under suspicion that he hacked into the computers of Madonna and several other high-profile pop stars, who have not been named as yet.
According to reports from news agency Reuters, the arrest came about after Madonna hired Asher Wizman, the owner of a private investigation firm in Israel, who the singer asked to find the source of the hack that forced her to rush release six tracks from her new album Rebel Heart.
Wizman said of the case: "Our investigator found her computers, at home and at a studio, were broken into from a computer in Israel. We tracked down the computer, and the man behind it. After gathering enough evidence, we turned to the police and he was arrested today."
A police spokesman added: "He is suspected of computer hacking, copyright violation and fraudulent receipt of goods. During the investigation it appeared the suspect had broken into the computers of a number of international artists, stole unreleased demos and final tracks and sold them over the internet."
Madonna's statement was issued on her Facebook page last night (January 21st) and reads as follows: "I am profoundly grateful to the FBI, the Israeli Police investigators and anyone else who helped lead to the arrest of this hacker. I deeply appreciate my fans who have provided us with pertinent information and continue to do so regarding leaks of my music."
She continued: "Like any citizen, I have the right to privacy. This invasion into my life - creatively, professionally, and personally remains a deeply devastating and hurtful experience, as it must be for all artists who are victims of this type of crime."
Madonna unveiled the full tracklisting for Rebel Heart, which is due for release on March 10th, earlier this week.
Chance The Rapper and Mike Tyson will both feature on a track titled 'Iconic, while Nas lends his gruff vocals to a song named 'Veni Vedi Vici'. Nicki Minaj also guests on the album, joining Madonna on 'Bitch I'm Madonna'.
Madonna released five tracks from the album at the end of 2014 after they were leaked online, including 'Bitch I'm Madonna' and 'Devil Pray'. You can purchase them all here in our digital store.
The tracklisting for Rebel Heart is as follows:
'Living For Love'
'Bitch I'm Madonna' feat. Nicki Minaj
'Joan of Arc'
'Iconic' feat. Chance The Rapper & Mike Tyson
'Wash All Over Me'
'Veni Vedi Vici' feat. Nas