informa
2 min read
article

Teen Confesses To Hacking Lady Gaga's PC

'DJ Stolen' apologizes for using Trojan horse to steal unfinished songs and selling them online
An 18-year-old German teen has confessed to breaking into Lady Gaga's PC and stealing unfinished songs from the pop star.

According to news reports, a German named Deniz A posted a confession in Germany's Bild newspaper in which he expressed regret for allegedly breaking into Lady Gaga's PC using a Trojan horse program that allegedly swiped several unfinished tunes she was working on.

The teen, who goes by the handle of "DJ Stolen," and a 23-year-old co-conspirator known only as Christian M. resold the tracks online, raking in approximately $13,230, according to the reports.

"Dear Lady Gaga," Deniz says in a translation of the confession, "I'm unbelievably sorry. We were only interested in the music."

The teen faulted his own blind "ambition" for his poor decision, noting that he was taking full responsibility for compromising Lady Gaga's privacy, according to the reports.

"I am ashamed of what I have done," Deniz states. "I did not think about the consequences ... I never thought it would go this far."

Deniz's attorney, Burkhard Benecken, told one publication the boy felt like "he was in a movie. It is almost unbelievable that such a boy could hack into the accounts of superstars. He knows he made a mistake."

The teen also allegedly hacked into computers owned by Justin Timberlake, Kelly Clarkson, and Ke$ha, according to reports.

German authorities in the western city of Duisburg are investigating the hacking, according to the reports, but so far no charges have been filed.

Have a comment on this story? Please click "Discuss" below. If you'd like to contact Dark Reading's editors directly, send us a message.