After his January arrest for Madonna’s Rebel Heart leak and four charges added to his indictment, Ali Lederman was sentenced to 14 months in the slammer.
According to the Jerusalem Post, Lederman, who is also an Israeli song contest competitor, leaked dozens of the 56-year-old entertainer’s demos from the album in December 2014. The hacks forced six tracks from the then-unreleased album and a hitch in the release date, which was slated for March. As a lesson learned for The Material Girl, Madonna now keeps all of her works-in-progress off of the Internet and doesn’t even allow cellphones in the midst during video and photo shoots. Her manager, Guy Oseary, told Billboard about the devastation she experienced after the hack.
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Among Lederman’s charges are computer trespassing, prohibited secret monitoring and copyright infringement. When investigators uncovered data from his computer, they learned he was using an office email to share the stolen property and had also hacked into 15 other emails.
“Everything we work on, if we work on computers, we’re not on WiFi, we’re not on the Internet, we don’t work in a way where anybody can access the information,” the “Devil Pray” songstress told Billboard. “I mean, unfortunately, it sucks, but that’s the way it is. That’s how leaks happen.”
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