David Guetta Hires Pentagon Security After Leak
Ok, here’s the situation: High-tech thieves sit in a car parked outside a work studio while inside valuable data is transmitted over a password-protected Wi-Fi connection. The cyber bandits hack into the network and, then, share the series of ones and zeros with the world, uploading it to social media sites and popular Web-based file-sharing outlets for anyone to grab. Sound like a scene from the Wikileaks saga? The opening of a Tom Clancy novel? A day in the life of Austin Powers, International Man of Mystery? Hardly. This is the real-life scenario that DJ-Producer David Guetta faced recently as hackers stole his latest — though still unfinished — single, added their own touches, then leaked it online.
“It’s really crazy,” Guetta said in an interview with BBC Radio 1. “I know it sounds like a film, but it’s the truth.” Perhaps just as crazy — Guetta “hired the guy who works with security for the Pentagon” to find the criminals and help bring them to justice (through the legal system, of course).
And while Guetta has been a victim of unauthorized leaks and breaches before, this time the track in question is ‘Where Them Girls At?’ featuring Flo Rida and Nicki Minaj. Due to the counterfeit version getting out, Guetta was forced to take countermeasures by releasing the official track ahead of schedule, earlier this week.
“Our job as producers is to make the music sound as good as possible,” he says. “If you put a demo on the net and people say it was the finished version, then they’re going to say it sucks. I really hate that.”
Indeed, it’s a lose-lose situation. While Guetta’s hired investigator attempts to get to the bottom of it, the DJ himself is currently out touring arenas in the U.K. — lucky for him, you can’t hack a live set. But, then again, there’s always the problem of counterfeit tickets and bootleg recordings to contend with. Sigh.