Hacker who stole and sold Lil Uzi Vert songs sentenced to prison

Pirate caught stealing and selling unreleased music from Lil Uzi Vert and other artists go to jail.

Friday (October 21), City of London Police released a statement announcing that Adrian Kwiatkowski, 22, who goes by the hacker alias Spirdark, will spend 18 months in prison for stealing songs from artists’ cloud accounts and then selling them for cryptocurrency . According to authorities, the hacker made $148,000 from his criminal dealings.

“Kwiatkowski was a highly skilled individual who unfortunately saw the potential to use his abilities illegally,” Detective Constable Daryl Fryatt said in the statement. “Not only did it cause significant financial harm to several artists and their production companies, it robbed them of the ability to release their own work.”

The year-long investigation was a joint operation between the Intellectual Property Enforcement Unit (PIPCU) of the City of London Police and the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry (IFPI) and launched by the Office of the Manhattan District Attorney in the United States in 2019. The DA linked the email address used to set up Spirdark’s cryptocurrency account to Kwiatkowski and identified the IP address of the device used to hack the one of the accounts as their home address, before forwarding the inquiry to PIPCU.

On September 12, 2019, PIPCU officers arrested Kwiatkowski at his home. Investigators seized seven devices including a hard drive that contained 1,263 unreleased songs by 89 artists, including unreleased tracks by Lil Uzi Vert.

On August 27, Kwiatkowski pleaded guilty at Ipswich Magistrates’ Court to fourteen copyright offences, three counts of misuse of computers and three offenses under the Proceeds of Crime Act. On Friday, he was sentenced to 18 months in prison at Ipswich Crown Court.

“Cybercrime knows no borders, and this individual has executed an elaborate scheme to steal unreleased music to line his own pockets,” Manhattan District Attorney Alvin L Bragg, Jr. said in the statement.

Lil Uzi Vert was a vocal critic of the pirates who steal and leak his music. In April 2016, the Philadelphia rapper faced with a hacker who leaked his music online.

XXL has reached out to Lil Uzi Vert’s rep for comment.

Check out 44 of the longest prison deals in hip-hop history

C-Murder, Max B, BG and more.

Kimberly B. Nguyen