Madonna: "Like Any Citizen, I Have the Right to Privacy"

Mert Marcus

The singer also expressed her gratitude to the FBI for making the arrest.

Madonna has just released a statement in the wake of the arrest made in her hacking case, expressing both her gratitude to the FBI for aiding in the investigation as well as her lingering devastation stemming from the incident.

Madonna wrote on Facebook, "I am profoundly grateful to the FBI, the Israeli Police investigators and anyone else who helped lead to the arrest of this hacker. I deeply appreciate my fans who have provided us with pertinent information and continue to do so regarding leaks of my music."

 

She continued, "Like any citizen, I have the right to privacy. 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."

The 39-year-old hacker suspect, who has yet to be officially identified, was arrested in Israel Wednesday following a month-long investigation involving a private investigation firm and the cybercrime unit of Israel's Lahav 433, a crime-fighting organization comparable to the FBI, according to reports on Israeli TV's Channel 2 news.

The man is accused of hacking into Madonna's computer in December and leaking several demo tracks from her album Rebel Heart onto the Internet in exchange for a fee.

According to a statement by Lahav 433, the suspect "broke into the personal computers of several international artists over the past few months and stole promotional final-cut singles which have yet to be released and traded them online for a fee."

It added: "In light of the findings of the investigation, the unit collaborated closely with the FBI, with suspicion of even more break-ins to computers owned by unknown international artists, stealing and selling their works."

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