Iconic rock band Radiohead took matters into their own hands when tapes from their 1997 OKComputer sessions were allegedly stolen last week by hackers and held ransom for $150,000. It all started when a MiniDisc archive owned by frontman Thom Yorke managed to be hacked last week by the hackers.
Instead of giving in to the Hackers’ demands, Thom Yorke and the members of Radiohead decided to counter-attack by releasing the music in full on Bandcamp and donating the profits to climate change non-profit Extinction Rebellion.
“For £18 you can find out if we should have paid that ransom,” said guitarist Jonny Greenwood in a statement.
Thom Yorke seemed to intentionally show disinterest for the 1.8 gigabyte collection, possibly slightly annoyed by the manipulation from the hackers and wanting to deflect any attention to their actions. “It’s not v interesting. There’s a lot of it … as it’s out there it may as well be out there until we all get bored and move on.”