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Israeli Hacker Reportedly Arrested For Stealing Madonna’s ‘Rebel Heart’ Demos

Remember back in December when madness ensued once Madonna‘s Rebel Heart leaked way before its release date? Well, we may now have some answers as to how it all occurred! According to The Hollywood Reporter, Israeli police arrested a man who is believed to have hacked into the singer’s computer and leak the LP demos. Apparently this has been a month-long investigation by Lahav 433, the country’s version of America’s FBI.

The crime-fighting organization made this statement today (January 21):  “[The suspect] broke into the personal computers of several international artists over the past few months and stole promotional final-cut singles which have yet to be released and traded them online for a fee.”

The 39-year-old suspect (whose name is not being disclosed) has also reportedly hacked into other artists’ computers, yet the Madonna leak was the one to kick off the investigation. Despite all of the drama surrounding Rebel Heart, it is still planning to be released this year — on March 10 to be exact! It will feature guest collaborations like Nicki Minaj, Nas, Chance The Rapper and…Mike Tyson?

[via THR]

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