Israeli Suspected of Hacking Madonna Lands in Further Trouble

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Madonna performs at the 57th annual Grammy Awards in LA, California, February 8, 2015. Credit: Reuters

An Israeli computer hacker who is suspected of stealing unreleased songs by American singer Madonna has been arrested for additional hacking offences, the Israel Police announced on Monday.

Adi Lederman was charged last month with hacking computers belonging to Madonna and making some of her unreleased material available online.

Police did not specify the nature of the new suspicions against Lederman, who is facing charges of computer trespassing, fraud, and intellectual property theft.

They were apparently committed after he was released from custody and may relate to Madonna or other musicians whose computers Lederman is believed to have hacked.

Lederman, also known as “The Grinch,” is an aspiring singer who auditioned for the Israeli TV show “A Star is Born’ (a local version of “American Idol”) in 2012.

He was arrested last month following an investigation by the FBI, the Israel Police, and a private investigator hired by Madonna’s management.

The investigation followed the discovery that 13 songs from "Rebel Heart," a  Madonna album that was still in the works, were available online in unfinished "demo" form.

Tamir Afori, Madonna's attorney in Israel, said the stolen material included "songs that haven't yet been released, sketches of songs, photos and other personal material." Afori said the theft, which has been going on for a long time, had caused the singer millions of dollars in professional and personal damage.

Last month, the 56-year-old singer posted a photo of a broken iPod on Instagram with the message, "This broken iPod is a symbol of my broken heart! I have been violated as a human and an artist!"

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