A Hacker On How They Stole Unreleased Music | Genius News


[HOST] Leaks are everywhere and afflict everyone
from Lil Uzi Vert, to Young Thug to even Playboi Carti who, while performing his unreleased
but leaked song, “Neon” found out the crowd already knew the lyrics. PERSON: Play some new shit Carti! Carti: How the fuck y’all know that song? [HOST] Genius has covered the *impact* of
leaks but a crucial question remains – how do leaks happen? SOURCE: I’m not there for their personal
life. I’m just there to get the songs and be out. [HOST] That is a hacker who finds and leaks
songs. Genius granted them anonymity to speak freely
about the trend of those who believe they’re fans while stealing from the artists they
claim to love. [HOST] Our source said they’ve acquired
songs by by meticulously sifting through numerous data breaches online. [HOST] Then, the hacker used a powerful computer
to crack the artist or producer’s password. SOURCE: I crack the hash then i
proceed to use the password on gmail or whatever I’m looking for
People aren’t that creative. They use the same passwords [HOST] Then they headed to sites like Leakth.is
and the gaming messaging platform Discord to offer the songs up for sale. SOURCE: They work hand in hand together to
make selling unreleased music extremely easy. [HOST] These are an example of what these
group buys look like. The hacker understands that leaks are not
helpful but believes that the music should be released. SOURCE: I feel like they do have an obligation
to provide their fans with music…And if we’re not getting music, we’re gonna get
it ourselves… [HOST] Hackers and music leaks have a long
history – from the mysterious MusicMafia to the birth of the MP3 in the mid 90s. STEPHEN: Historically, most leaks came from
an elite group of hackers called the Warez Scene. [HOST] That’s Stephen Witt, author of “How
Music Got Free,” a history of digital music piracy. In his book he says ‘The Scene’ was quote. [HOST] …loosely affiliated digital crews
[who] raced one another to be the first to release newly pirated material. [HOST] Groups like Compress ‘Da Audio, Apocalypse
Production Crew, and others provided the bulk of the songs that eventually made their way
onto early peer to peer file sharing services. STEPHEN:…Napster and Limewire were full
of pirated material that came from this vanguard underground that infiltrated the music and
movie industry supply chains and leaked stuff out to the internet… REPORTER: It was on college campuses with
high speed internet that Napster really took off in the fall of 1999. So, uh, how many mp3s do you have on your
computer? About 600. [HOST] The groups did it for the thrill instead
of the money as Witt notes in a 2015 article saying quote. [HOST] Scene culture drew a distinction between
online file-sharing and for-profit bootlegging… STEPHEN: I don’t wanna call it noble necessarily
but there was a certain ethos to it that this was not to be a profitable activity. [HOST] But things are different today. STEPHEN: The emergence of the crowd funding
platform makes this more economically viable then say it would’ve been 10 years ago. [HOST] Which brings us back to our
source, whose said he’s sold songs for real money.. SOURCE: I made around 5 grand [HOST] Which is a drop in the bucket compared
to the money people lose every year from getting their emails hacked. ASOF: In the last 4 -5 years, there’s been
as reported by the FBI over 12 Billion Dollars in direct losses
[HOST] That’s Asof Cidon, an Assistant Professor of Electrical Engineering at Columbia University. [HOST] He broke down for us a couple tips
on keeping your emails secure. ASOF: The two most effective ways to protect
yourself is 1 to use a password manager that makes sure your passwords are strong and that
you’re not reusing the same passwords… [HOST] As our source mentioned earlier, password
reuse is rampant with one security firm finding that 52% of people use the same passwords
across multiple logins. [HOST] Services like LastPass, 1Password and
Bitwarden recommend strong passwords that you do not have to remember. ASOF: And even more powerful than that is
multi-factor authentication…making sure there is another mechanism that authenticates
that you are who you say you are. [HOST] And make no mistake, fans or not, what
these hackers are doing is very illegal. REPORTER: The suspect, a 19 year old from
the UK allegedly hacked into websites and cloud based accounts illegally stealing unreleased
songs and selling the stolen music in exchange for crypto currency. [HOST] But our source says that they hope
that coming forward will shine a light on what is going on. SOURCE: I know that there will be an artist
out there that will watch this video and be like ‘o shit’ and change their passwords. [HOST] I’m Jacques Morel with Genius News,
bringing you the meaning and the knowledge behind the music. Peace.

100 thoughts on “A Hacker On How They Stole Unreleased Music | Genius News

  1. fckuc that bald asss dude and stfu too it's not that crazy, is just backstabbing and artists being dumbasses with passwords

  2. Debug secret location of closed session.Freestyle the entire file & then release on all platforms.Sell all other files as seperate fake leaks.

  3. I used to be part of the scene. Worked for RAGEMP3, RNS before they disbanded and C4. We had people that worked at distribution centers that would get the albums before release, I was around when the Eminem Show got released almost 2 months in advance.

  4. The producers need to have 82k2idj3vfirb4brogorb33pofeb22oeodbw2n as their passwords. Its a pain in the ass to type it in but no computer can crack passwords with this length

  5. That whole part about “if they’re not going to give it to us we’ll just go get it” no sir not at all that is THEIR property and for them to do with as they wish like foh

  6. If this guy can hack all this can he hack into the government system and delete my student loans ? Asking for a friend lol 😂

  7. I held out on leaks but for uzi for too long. Now I have Run it Up and Nicki Minaj (Diamonds) in my soundcloud on constant repeat

  8. Stealing music from the creator for a show that they perform is like taking the money from their pocket. It’s the same concept, when money is no object, privacy becomes a concern especially when you have people hacking into stuff to steal songs that may or may not have been completed. No artist is just sitting around with finished music “holding it hostage” from fans who want to hear it. There is a process in making music, steps are taken. If a fan steals a song before it’s done, you’re taking away the artists own right to release the music as they choose to. Effectively making you in charge of their releases, consequently changing the artists landscape in their career for huge artists. If you’re gonna steal a song from an artist before it’s completed and host a forum about it and say it’s your right to hear it, don’t consider yourself a fan. Consider yourself an intellectual property thief. If you haven’t posted the song on your own without knowing how the completed project is, you don’t know how an artist would’ve actually done that song if you had spent 10 seconds and used your brain instead of hacking resources which you apparently didn’t realize have consequences you didn’t understand whatsoever

  9. Ion pay for music…i did buy the carter series just cause its Wayne but other than that im juggn yo shit😹😹😹

  10. You damn idiots, this is the same tactic the labels used to make Weezy the biggest rapper in '08, so if you think this music is really being leaked you clearly dumb as fuck

  11. The sense of entitlement to tell an artist they better drop THEIR music or else you gon steal it for yourselves. And then double down as if that’s right.

    These so-called “fans” today are trash.

  12. This "expert" is clueless. Suggesting to use password mangers/2 factor auth…..

    Both of those have been cracked by children playing games like Runescape.
    Kids have hacked CIA/FBI sites for years. Using a password manager is easily the worst thing he could have recommended.

  13. Lol i dont mind hacking, but dont say you are doing it because the artist "owes us music". Nigga no one owes you anything. Just say you want to hack because you want to do it, not because its for a righteous cause.

  14. As a former member of Leakthis who wanted to get unreleased Wayne. It's not worth going down the dark road. Some groupbuys failed for stupid shit and they are assholes but with good reason, the feds are already keeping tabs on them

  15. Carti music is super trash and easy to make. So I agree with the brother, “how tf y’all niggas know about that song” 😂😂😂

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