Eventually, everything will be hacked. That feels like the takeaway from the revelation that enterprising hackers have ganked late music superstar Michael Jackson’s back catalog–over 50,000 files. It appears to be the hacking equivalent of a major bank heist if you factor in the amount paid to Jackson’s estate when the catalogue was purchased 2 years ago:
Record company bosses paid $250 million (£156 million) to Jackson’s estate in 2010 for the catalogue, including unheard material from studio sessions when the superstar recorded Off The Wall, Thriller and Bad.
According to a report in the U.K. Sunday Times, Sony found “a breach” in their system that revealed the loss. Contact Music reports songs include Jackson performing with the likes of Freddie Mercury and will.i.am. Sony has been aware of the loss for almost a year but only acknowledged it yesterday.