Teenager apologises after Lady Gaga and Justin Timberlake hacking claims

A German teenager has apologised for allegedly hacking into the computers of Lady Gaga, Justin Timberlake and other musicians. "I'm unbelievably sorry," said the 18-year-old in an interview. "We were only interested in the music."

Last week, officials launched an investigation into the possible hacking of machines owned by Lady Gaga, Kelly Clarkson, Ke$ha and Timberlake. According to German reports, a teenager known as Deniz A worked with a 23-year-old alleged accomplice, Christian M, to infiltrate celebrities' computers with a Trojan horse program. For about 12 months, they allegedly stole unfinished songs and resold them online, earning more than €10,000 (£8,514). Deniz A, who sometimes called himself DJ Stolen, is also being accused of blackmailing one artist – rumoured to be Ke$ha – with a "sexually compromising" photograph.

In a letter published yesterday by Germany's Bild newspaper, Deniz A reached out to the musicians he had wronged. "Dear Lady Gaga," he begins, "I am ashamed of what I have done. I did not think about the consequences." The aspiring DJ blamed his "ambition" for the "problems" he caused the stars. "I never thought it would go so far," he wrote. According to his lawyer, Burkhard Benecken, the teenager "felt like he was in a movie". "It is almost unbelievable that such a boy could hack into the accounts of superstars," Benecken told the AFP. "He knows he made a mistake."

While celebrity websites are no strangers to hacking attacks, this case is bizarre for its allegation that the stars' personal PCs were the ones infected. Did Lady Gaga open a dodgy email attachment? Did Ke$ha install a compromised Flash game?

German authorities have yet to file charges, but Duisburg state prosecutor Rolf Haferkamp said the investigation would be completed "soon". "We are pulling together what we have learned," he told Bild. "[Pieces of evidence] already fill two fat binders."

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