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This hacker is accused of impersonating a producer to steal unreleased music

A little social engineering can go a long way. From The Hollywood Reporter:

“A 27-year-old Austin, Texas, man allegedly stole and leaked more than 50 gigabytes of music, some of it unreleased, by impersonating a music executive on social media and hacking two management companies, according to the Manhattan U.S. Attorney’s Office.

“’Christian Erazo and his co-conspirators allegedly hacked the accounts of music producers and management companies in order to steal over 50 gigabytes of content — including some music that had yet to be publicly released — and leaked it on the internet,” U.S. Attorney General Geoffrey S. Berman said Monday in a statement. “Not only did this scheme cause the companies, producers, and artists financial harm, Erazo deprived the artists of the ability to release their own exclusive content at their discretion.’

“Erazo was arrested Monday and is facing charges of conspiracy to commit wire fraud, conspiracy to commit computer intrusion and aggravated identity theft, the last of which carries a mandatory minimum sentence of two years’ imprisonment.”

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