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Hackers Demanded Money From the Smashing Pumpkins’ Singer Before the Release of a New Album

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Jul 11, 2023
Smashing Pumpkins' singer extorted by hackers

Finally available on music streaming providers is The Smashing Pumpkins‘ brand-new album, “ATUM: A Rock Opera in Three Acts,” which is divided into three sections with 11 songs each. The first installment was published in November of last year, the second in January of this year, and the most recent one was just recently, on May 5.

Billy Corgan, the Smashing Pumpkins’ frontman Hackers almost prevented the album’s release by obtaining part of the information, it was recently revealed on the podcast of the Klein/Ally Show, a morning radio show on US station KROQ.

The hack, in Corgan’s account, took place when the record was still being mixed and mastered roughly half a year ago. Since he was concerned that tracks would end up in the public domain before the album was officially released, the vocalist felt some doubt and anxiety during the whole recording process. Evidently, the performer’s eagerness was a sign of some sort.

A dedicated attacker who moonlights as one of The Smashing Pumpkins’ “fans” contacted Corgan to let him know that nine tracks from the band’s latest album had ended up in his possession. 

In order to avoid disappointing the fans and jeopardizing the financial success of the impending album, Corgan was compelled to accept the scammer’s offer to erase the leaked data in exchange for a sizable sum of money, paying a ransom out of his own pocket.

Data Ransom

Later, the artist contacted the FBI, whose agents responded promptly and precisely. The vocalist was delighted when officers from the department quickly located and detained the perpetrator.

Individual songs or whole albums might be leaked on the internet days, weeks, or even months before they are supposed to be released. Pre-samples are typically provided to media and business people.

In certain instances, hackers really use specialized software to break into the computers of music artists in order to obtain valuable information. This method is frequently used to enter works into the public domain, even rejected or demo versions that were never meant for public hearing.