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OTRC: Michael Jackson's music catalogue targeted by British hackers

Michael Jackson appears in a scene from the 1987 music video 'Bad'. (Sony Digital)

Michael Jackson's music catalogue, including a few unreleased tracks, was reportedly targeted in hacking attacks into Sony Music's computers by two men in Britain, according to the Associated Press.

A spokesperson for Sony Music Entertainment said the company noticed the security breach of its systems in May. The company "immediately took steps to secure the site and notify authorities. As a result, the two suspects were arrested," the spokesperson told the wire service.

No customer data was compromised in the attack of the company's internal music-sharing system. The company didn't not say how much music was stolen or what other artists were involved. However, someone close to the situation did tell the Associated Press the two suspects were Jackson fans and had taken his music catalogue. The two suspects were arrested in May and charged in September with computer misuse and copyright offenses.

In 2010, a year after he died, Sony signed a 7-year deal with Jackson's estate to sell his unreleased recordings. The deal is worth up to $250 million.

Michael Jackson died at age 50 on June 25, 2009 at his rented Los Angeles home while under the care of doctor Conrad Murray, who was in November sentenced to four years in jail for involuntary manslaughter.

James Marks, 26, and James McCormick, 25, appeared at Leicester Crown Court in central England on March 2 and pleaded not guilty. The two were freed on bail and will stand trial in January 2013.

Last year, hackers targeted Sony Playstation and Sony Online Entertainment networks, compromising personal information, email addresses and the security of millions of users accounts.

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