The UK Sunday Times today is reporting that hackers have stolen 'Michael Jackson's entire back catalogue and a wealth of unreleased material worth £160m.'
The hackers allegedly downloaded more than 50,000 digital music files in the biggest ever cyber attack on a record company.
'Everything Sony purchased from the MJ estate was compromised' said a well placed source.
The Jackson hack was dicovered weeks after a Playstation hack, from routine monitoring of social networking sites, Jackson fan sites and hacking forums. It caused Sony to check their systems and they found the breach. Sony identified the weakness and plugged the gap.
The theft has implications for all living and dead Sony music artists.
Sony music confirmed last night that it had been hacked and its Michael Jackson material stolen. A Sony source said that the company immediately alerted the MJ estate but had no obligation to make the theft public as it had not involved customer data.
The company has contacted the cybercrime wing of the Serious Organised Crime Agency, which has taken over the case. Two men appeared in court last week charged with offences under the Computer Misuse Act. They denied the charges and were remanded on bail.
Sunday Times, page 3, 4th March 2012.