A German teenager who hacked the computers of pop stars including Lady Gaga and Justin Timberlake has been ordered to undergo therapy to break his hacking addiction.
The 18-year-old must also carry out six months of community service.
Berlin judge Volker Schmidt-Hoelsken warned the youth, identified only as Deniz A because he is a juvenile, that he faces 18 months of detention if he hacks any other computers in the next six months, the DAPD news agency reported.
The teen had confessed to planting Trojan horse malware on stars' computers to gain access to their personal information and unreleased singles and compromising photos.
The judge ruled the teen was driven more by a desire for recognition than by criminal intent, which contributed to his receiving a lighter sentence.