#1263223: Radiohead Releases OK Computer Sessions After Hack, Won't Pay Ransom

Description: Update: A full list of timestamps for the leaked minidiscs was put together by the r/Radiohead, W.A.S.T.E. Central Discord, and /mu/ communities.

Alternative rock band Radiohead released 18 tracks of OK Computer sessions after hackers stole several archived mini discs from Thom Yorke, the band's lead singer and main songwriter.

As Radiohead's lead guitarist and keyboardist Jonny Greenwood detailed on Twitter and on Facebook, the hackers stole OK Computer sessions tracks that were never intended to reach the public and asked for a $150,000 ransom to not release the mini disc archive.

However, instead of giving in to the crooks' demands, Radiohead decided to release all of the 18 hours of stolen content themselves to benefit charity and put them up for sale on Bandcamp, with all the proceeds to go to Extinction Rebellion.

According to its website, Extinction Rebellion is an "international movement that uses non-violent civil disobedience to achieve radical change in order to minimise the risk of human extinction and ecological collapse."

Radiohead also added a message on the Bandcamp page hosting the OK Computer sessions tracks under the MINIDISCS [HACKED] name:

We’ve been hacked my archived mini discs from 1995-1998(?) it’s not v interesting there’s a lot of it.
If you want it, you can buy the whole lot here 18 minidisks for £18 the proceeds will go to Extinction Rebellion.
As it’s out there it may as well be out there until we all get bored and move on

The entire archive of tracks has a size of 1.8GB in size and, after purchase, Radiohead will get access to online streaming via the Bandcamp app and can also download them all in MP3, FLAC and more audio formats.

OK Computer is Radiohead's third studio album released on June 16, 1997, and it went straight to number one on the UK Albums Chart and to the 21 spot on the Billboard 200 despite the band's label considering it both difficult to market and uncommercial. [1, 2]

In the coming years, the album received praises from fans, musicians, and critics alike, and it is now considered among the best albums ever released.
More info: https://www.bleepingcomputer.com/news/security/radiohead-releases-ok-computer-sessions-after-hack-wont-pay-ransom/

Date added June 12, 2019, 11:42 a.m.
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