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Radiohead releases leaked music instead of paying ransom

Radiohead, showcasing what is truly the best way to handle a digital extortion threat:

In a note on the band’s Instagram, Radiohead guitarist Jonny Greenwood confirmed that the band had been hacked, writing “someone stole Thom [Yorke]’s minidisk archive from around the time of OK Computer, and reportedly demanded $150,000 on threat of releasing it. So instead of complaining — much — or ignoring it, we’re releasing all 18 hours on Bandcamp in aid of Extinction Rebellion… So for £18 you can find out if we should have paid that ransom.”

(All the proceeds for the songs go to a climate change advocacy group.)