SOURCE: LIGATT Security International, Inc.

September 02, 2009 09:15 ET

LIGATT Security International Tells Jay-Z and the Rest of the Entertainment Industry "We Told You So"

Jay-Z's Album, "The Blueprint 3," Leaked by Hackers

ATLANTA, GA--(Marketwire - September 2, 2009) - On Monday, August 31st, several tracks on Jay-Z's upcoming album, "The Blueprint 3," were allegedly leaked from Timbaland's computer by a hacker. Jay-Z originally planned to make his album available via the MTV website and Rhapsody, a digital music service, before its official release on September 11.

For years LIGATT Security International (PINKSHEETS: LGTT) CEO, Gregory Evans, has been saying that hackers break into music studios daily. "A hacker will sit outside a music studio, connect to the wireless network and load tracks onto their computer because there is no real security to prevent files from being taken through their network. The next day the music tracks are on the internet and the hacker has made more money off leaked tracks than the artist accrues from album sales. The sad part is that most hackers don't leak tracks for financial gain, but more so to exasperate the artist and dilute album sales. Artists who are beefing with other artist will hire a hacker to steal and release albums early just to misconstrue album sales," says Evans.

Music artists have high-tech, state-of-the-art equipment in their studios that require a large amount of security in order to get within the premises of the building, but, what about the security inside the building? Music artists create tracks in a studio and save the files on a computer which is connected to a network; the studio's network is connected to the internet. Most computer systems come with a basic firewall protection, which is standard on all machines. Artists believe the standard firewall will protect them from a hacker breaking in, but it won't.

In a recent issue of Rolling Out magazine, Evans stated, "Music artists spend way too much money on physical security, and not enough on cyber security. Artists have security guards and alarm systems, but they do not have a sufficient firewall in place to protect their networks; that is how hackers are able to get onto their computers and steal music. It was the result of the artist not having a good security system in place to protect themselves from such vulnerabilities."

According to Jay-Z there is the possibility that Timbaland or someone in his camp's email was hacked. Jay-Z said he is used to his music being leaked, as this occurred with all of his albums. Although Jay has learned to look at his albums leaking as a good thing, most artists despise their music being leaked prior to the album release date.

For more information on safeguarding music studio networks, visit www.ligattsecurity.net. For additional information on LIGATT Security International CEO, Gregory Evans, visit www.gregorydevans.com.

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