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German Hackers Go Gaga over Stealing Pop Stars' Music, Photos

Prosecutors allege two German hackers broke into the computers of more than 50 musicians, including Justin Timberlake, Ke$ha and Lady Gaga, in an attempt to steal unreleased songs and issue blackmail threats over intimate photographs, The Telegraph reports.

According to German police, the hackers used Trojans to gain access to the computers of several famous stars. They allegedly downloaded hundreds of music files, credit card details, emails and photographs. One of the photos reportedly was of singer Ke$ha, naked and having sex. The hackers allegedly tried to use that image to blackmail the 24-year-old singer, but no money ever exchanged hands, The Telegraph said.

Authorities said the hackers allegedly bragged on Internet forums about their ability to hack into the computers of A-list celebrities. However, prosecutors said, the suspects’ primary goal was unreleased musical material, which can fetch high prices online.

The Associated Press reported the suspects are a 17-year-old high-school student and a 23-year-old unemployed man, both living with their respective parents in western Germany.

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