Israeli police have confirmed that they have arrested a man in connection with several computer hacks and data leaks – the most notable of which involved Madonna.
In December more than a dozen new tracks, many off Madonna’s upcoming album Rebel Heart, were leaked online. Madonna had a bit of a freakout on Instagram, calling the intrusion “artistic rape” and “a form of terrorism”. She later deleted those posts.
According to the BBC, the unidentified man was found by private investigators. After they were able to find the culprit, he was turned over to police.
“He is suspected of computer hacking, copyright violation and fraudulent receipt of goods,” a police spokesman told Reuters. “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.”
Rebel Heart is due out on March 10.
“Rebel Heart explores two very distinct sides of my personality, the rebellious renegade side of me and the romantic side of me” says Madonna. The new album features collaborations with Nicki Minaj, Kanye West, Nas, Chance the Rapper and Mike Tyson.
Madonna is expected to perform music from the new album live at the Grammys on February 8.