The person who stole the unpublished songs of Ed Sheeran and other musicians was jailed for a year and a half.
He sold at least two of Sheeran’s songs on the dark web for bitcoin.
Jailed after selling unreleased songs
Investigation seem In 2019 when several music agents complained to the New York District Attorney that someone had taken advantage of the online accounts of some of their clients. An unknown hacker, named Spirdark, started stealing unpublished content and selling it on the dark web, getting paid in bitcoin.
The crypto account that BTC went to was linked to a 23-year-old man from Ipswich, UK, named Adrian Kwiatkowski.
He was arrested later that same year. Police confiscated seven devices from his home in Ipswich, including more than a thousand unreleased songs by 89 artists.
Besides these, the authorities found a bitcoin wallet containing the BTC he was keeping after he got paid in cryptocurrency for some songs he sold on the dark web. Two of them belong to the UK star – Ed Sheeran.
Admission of guilt
The perpetrator pleaded guilty in Ipswich Magistrates’ Court in August to multiple counts. It included three counts of unauthorized access to computer material, 14 counts of selling copyrighted material, two counts of possession of criminal property, and one count of transferring criminal property.
Detective Constable Daryl Fryat Kwiatowski described him as a highly skilled hacker before adding:
“Not only has it caused significant financial harm to many artists and their production companies, it has deprived them of the ability to release their own works.”
Kwiatowski will be sent to prison for 18 months.
The dark web and cryptocurrency have gone hand in hand for years, but the authorities have started cracking down on such illegal activities. One of the latest Examples Including a man who has been sent to prison for selling drugs on the dark web for cryptocurrency. Interestingly, he admitted to making over $6 million in various digital assets through his deal.
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