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Madonna gets justice in Rebel Heart album hack

Christina Marfice

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Christina is a reporter based in Boise, Idaho. She's a veteran vegetarian, a political junkie and a huge grammar snob. On the weekends, she can usually be found binging on Netflix, playing the piano or petting her cats, Daisy and Dandelion.

Find out what could happen to the man who stole Madonna's new album

First a ton of celebrity nude photos, then personal information from Sony Pictures Entertainment, and now, Madonna.

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The pop icon is a recent victim of a hack that resulted in the early release of several tracks from her new album. The difference in Madonna's hacking case? Someone's been caught.

Reuters reports an Isreali man was arrested Wednesday on suspicion of hacking multiple singers' computers and selling their songs online. The 39-year-old suspect's name hasn't been released because of a court-issued gag order.

FBI spokesman, Joshua Campbell, said the arrest came after a joint investigation by the FBI and Israeli authorities.

"This case highlights the international scope of online criminal activity and the need for close cooperation between nations as we collectively identify and bring to justice those who pose a threat in cyberspace," he said.

Madonna issued a statement following the arrest, saying she was grateful to the FBI, Israeli police and other agencies that led to the suspected hacker's arrest.

"Like any citizen, I have the right to privacy," she wrote. "This invasion into my life creatively, professionally and personally remains a deeply devastating and hurtful experience, as it must be for all artists who are victims of this type of crime."

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According to Reuters, the stolen, unfinished tracks were leaked online in December. The site also reports that Asher Wizman, an Israeli private investigator, was contacted by Madonna's reps to look into the hack.

"Our investigator found her computers, at home and at a studio, were broken into from a computer in Israel," Wizman told Reuters. "We tracked down the computer, and the man behind it. After gathering enough evidence, we turned to the police and he was arrested today."

No charges have yet been filed.

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With stories of new hacks hitting the news all the time, what are you doing to keep your online information safe? Tell us in the comments!

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