Two German individuals have been convicted of using malware to steal new music from major pop stars.
Both hackers, aged 18 and 23, were found guilty of dozens of counts of copyright violation on Thursday, according to AFP.
The 18-year-old, who called himself 'DJ Stolen' and was referred to as Deniz A in court due to his age, received an 18-month sentence at a young offenders' institution. The 23-year-old was given an 18 month suspended sentence.
The hackers used Trojans to penetrate the computers of record company executives and took unreleased songs which they offered for sale. The court heard that DJ Stolen earned over £13,260 from the material, according to the BBC. Also, one of them downloaded explicit private photos from pop star Kesha's computer.
The hacks occurred in 2009 and 2010.
Taken music included new material from Lady Gaga, Leona Lewis, Justin Timberlake, Dr Dre, and others.
Deniz A published an apology to Lady Gaga in the German Daily Bild newspaper. "Dear Lady Gaga, I am ashamed of what I have done. I did not think about the consequences," he wrote.