An aspiring Israeli singer arrested on suspicion of hacking into Madonna's computer and leaking songs from her new album has been placed on home confinement.

Adi Lederman was taken into custody by police in Israel on Wednesday (21Jan15) as part of a sting by members of the country's Lahav 433 cybercrime-fighting unit, who worked in co-operation with agents at America's Fbi.

Officials claim the 38-year-old Tel Aviv resident, who previously auditioned for Israeli reality show A Star is Born in 2012, allegedly "broke into the personal computers of several international artists over the past few months and stole promotional final-cut singles which have yet to be released and traded them online for a fee".

Lederman's lawyer, Efrat Nahmany-Bar, reveals her client, who has yet to be charged, has denied the accusations.

He has been banned from accessing his computer under the terms of his house arrest.

Madonna expressed her gratitude to U.S. and Israeli authorities hours after the suspect was taken into custody, calling the hack attack a "deeply devastating and hurtful experience, as it must be for all artists who are victims of this type of crime".

The stolen songs were leaked online last month (Dec14), prompting Madonna to share a handful of tracks nearly three months before the intended March (15) release of her new album Rebel Heart.

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