Hacking and leaking Madonna’s unreleased recordings online does not pay, as Adi Lederman learned receiving a 14 month sentence from the Tel Aviv Magistrate’s Court on Thursday as part of a plea bargain deal following his conviction for cyber crimes against the pop singer.
The full wrath of Israeli and US authorities, including the FBI, came down on Lederman for charges of computer trespassing, fraud, and intellectual property offenses against the superstar who has come through Israel on several tours and is known as a fan of Jewish mysticism.
In December 2014, a series of demos from Madonna’s album-in-progress, Rebel Heart, were leaked online.
Following the breach, Madonna released six tracks and moved up the release date of the full album, which was due to come out in March.
“I have been violated as a human and an artist!” Madonna wrote on Instagram following the hack.
Lederman was also fined NIS 15,000.
The now convicted hacker was arrested in late January, and was previously best known for auditioning on air in 2012 for the Israeli TV show Kochav Nolad (“A Star is Born”), Israel’s version of American Idol.