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Hackers Steal Sony's Entire Michael Jackson Catalogue

Sony has been the target of not one, but two security attacks in the past year alone - first, the infiltration into Sony's PlayStation network and now, the theft of Michael Jackson's entire music library.

It was only last year that the music industry lost their King of Pop - but it appears that fans have been dealt with yet another blow, with Michael Jackson's back catalogue swiped from Sony.

Worth approximately $250 million, over 50,000 of MJ's music files were stolen - where according to a story published in The Sun, the crime was traced to the UK. Two men aged 25 and 26 were brought into court where following their arrest last May, they denied the charges, and were subsequently released on bail. Their next court appearance is scheduled for January 2013.

Last April saw hackers steal the details of over 77 million Sony PlayStation Network gamers, resulting in a major outage that caused damage around the $165 million mark to the Japanese electronics manufacturer.

Other compromised materials held by Sony include unreleased collaborations with artists such as Black Eyed Peas singer and the late Freddie Mercury. The musical works of Jimi Hendrix and Avril Lavigne are reported to also have been affected by the hack.

According to The Sun, an anonymous source told the Britsih daily that the Jackson estate was informed about the cyber attack, but was not made public as no customer information had been compromised.

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