Radiohead Unreleased Songs Stolen, Overturns Situation

Hackers stole around 18 hours of unreleased Radiohead recordings, but the band was able to remedy the circumstance.

Guitarist Jonny Greenwood’s blog post revealed that an unknown individual hacked Thom Yorke’s computer. This allowed the attacker to access the band’s minidisc archive unreleased songs from the OK Computer era, says The Inquirer. The band recorded the songs over the span of 3 years, from 1995 to 1998.

Radiohead Unreleased Songs Stolen, Overturns Situation

Reports say that the hacker demanded $150,000 from the band. This amount was supposed to keep the attacker from leaking the songs.


Greenwood said that the musical content was “never intended for public consumption.” However, the band decided to release 18 hours of recordings at GBP 18 (USD 23).

Fans and supporters can purchase the content through Bandcamp. This is only available for 18 days.

Revenue generated through this release is slated to go to Extinction Rebellion (XR), reports Fortune. This initiative seeks to act against climate change. The action group gained recognition for its demonstrative protests in London.

The movement garnered attention by “glueing themselves to street furniture.” Members also attached themselves to the entrance of the London Stock Exchange.

In a statement, Extinction Rebellion thanked Radiohead for their charitable activities. According to the group, the donation will be able to help the movement worldwide.


Not only Radiohead

Aside from Radiohead, other artists such as hackers also attacked Madonna. According to technology media outlet TechCrunch, this is becoming more and more common because of ransomware.

Ransomware is a type of malicious software that threatens users to delete files if users fail to pay. These attacks have victimized large organizations across the globe. This includes Arizona Beverages, Norsk Hydro and Maersk.

With the scope of these attacks, TechCrunch says that ransomware is “now a multibillion-dollar business.” The outlet also says that such illicit business continues to grow.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) discourages users from paying attackers during ransom situations. However, TechCrunch warns victims regarding unscrupulous recovery companies.

According to ProPublica, there are recovery firms that secretly pay hackers. These companies offset the costs to customers, creating a cycle of attacks and payments. In most disbursing money as ransom does not ensure data recovery.


TechCrunch says that Radiohead’s move is a preferable course of action. It also reminds users to create backups of their files in case of ransomware attacks and ransom-type situations.