The hacker who stole unreleased songs by Ed Sheeran and other musicians has been sentenced to prison for a year and a half.
The guilty sold at least two of Sheeran’s songs on the dark web in exchange for Bitcoin.
After the act, investigation began in 2019 when several musical agents complained to the New York District Attorney that someone had exploited the online accounts of some of their clients.
The perpetrator, called Spirdark, started stealing unreleased content and selling it on the dark web for Bitcoin.
The crypto account receiving the Bitcoins was linked to a 23-year-old male from Ipswich, the UK, named Adrian Kwiatkowski.
He was arrested later the same year.
The police also confiscated seven devices from his home in Ipswich, including more than a thousand unreleased songs by 89 artists.
In addition, the authorities found a bitcoin wallet containing the digital asset he held after getting paid in exchange for some of the songs he sold on the dark web.
Two of them belonged to the UK Crooner – Ed Sheeran.
The perpetrator, however, pleaded guilty at Ipswich Magistrates Court in August to multiple charges.
These included three charges of
- Unauthorized access to computer material, 14 of selling copyright material.
- Two of possession of criminal property, and
- One charge of converting criminal property.
Detective Constable Daryl Fryatt described Kwiatowski as a highly-skilled hacker before adding:
“Not only did he cause several artists and their production companies significant financial harm, he deprived them of the ability to release their own work.”
In conclusion, Kwiatowski will be sent to jail for 18 months.