A PAIR of British men have avoided jail but have ben handed community service orders for hacking into servers containing unreleased music by the late Michael Jackson.
The UK Serious Organised Crime Agency said that the court had sentenced James Marks, 27, and James McCormack, 26, to six-month suspended sentences and 100 hours of community service work for two counts of computer misuse.
The pair were involved in a breach last year of servers belonging to the Sony record label. Among the material taken were unreleased recordings from the so-called "King of Pop" that Sony had purchased from Jackson's estate in 2010.
The hackers were said to have obtained as many as 7,900 music tracks over the course of the breach.
"These men stole thousands of copyrighted files belonging to Sony Music," said police spokesperson Mick Jameison.
"Our remit is to protect businesses as well the public, and we will continue to work closely with law enforcement and industry partners to tackle online criminality."
The breach, which was announced last May when Marks and McCormick were arrested and charged, was the latest in an embarrassing series of security breaches at Sony. In 2011 the firm fell victim to a series of attacks from hacking crew Lulzsec, which forced the company to close its online gaming operation for more than two months. µ