Ed Sheeran and Lil Uzi Vert’s Hacker is Dealing with Jail Time


Ed Sheeran was one of the over 80 identified artists that fell prey to Adrian Kwiatkowski’s 2019 hack.

Ed Sheeran was one of many over 80 recognized artists that fell prey to Adrian Kwiatkowski’s 2019 hack.
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Unhealthy habits result in…jail. Adrian Kwiatkowski is dealing with jail after absconding with unreleased music he reportedly hacked from singer-songwriter Ed Sheeran and hip-hop artist Lil Uzi Vert following an investigation that started in 2019.

Ed Sheeran is a polarizing musician. Some love his songs, others consider he’s a pop sellout chasing a test, and one man apparently simply wished to hack him. That man was Adrian Kwiatkowski, who authorities say hacked the “Unhealthy Habits” singer-songwriter together with rapper Lil Uzi Vert, getting away with a few of their unreleased materials. Kwiatkowski, a 23-year-old from England’s Ipswich is now dealing with 18 months in jail for his actions, says BBC Information.

“He selfishly stole their music to generate profits for himself by promoting it on the darkish internet,” stated Chief crown prosecutor Joanne Jakymec, as quoted by the BBC.

A search of Kwiatkowski’s laptop computer revealed that the hacker had 565 audio recordsdata, a few of which have been unreleased tracks from each musicians—two particularly belonged to Sheeran. After promoting the fabric on the black marketplace for cryptocurrency, experiences present that Kwiatkowski made £131,000, or roughly $148,085.

Authorities launched an investigation in 2019 after a number of musicians claimed to have been hacked by somebody underneath the pseudonym of Spirdark. After tracing Spirdark’s e-mail and IP tackle to the UK, the Metropolis of London Police have been alerted and Kwiatkowski was arrested that September. Along with the 565 audio recordsdata on Kwiatkowski’s laptop computer, authorities discovered an exterior laborious drive that contained an extra 1,263 songs by 89 artists.

Kwiatkowski admitted to receiving Bitcoin funds in change for the songs and pleaded responsible to a few costs of unauthorized entry to pc materials, 14 costs of promoting copyrighted materials, one cost of changing prison property, and two costs of possession of prison property.

Now, Kwiatkowski is taking a look at 18 months in jail. That certain is loads of work to listen to some half-baked Ed Sheeran tunes.

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