News Corp. boss Rupert Murdoch declared war against his "enemies," who have accused his pay-TV operation of sabotaging competitors, reports Reuters.
The 81-year-old Murdoch, who is Australian, took to Twitter to call his critics “toffs and right wingers.” “Toff” is defined by Wikipedia as a mildly derogatory British English slang term indicating a person “with an aristocratic background or belonging to the landed gentry, particularly someone who exudes an air of superiority.”
Murdoch’s lashing out comes amid reports that News Corp.’s smartcard security unit, NDS, had supported piracy attacks on rivals, including in the U.S., the story notes. Some observers see the accusations expanding the scope of the widely publicized hacking scandal that has hit News Corp.’s U.K. newspapers.
NDS and News Corp. have denied the claims.
According to the report, Murdoch tweeted: "Seems every competitor and enemy piling on with lies and libels. So bad, easy to hit back hard, which preparing.”
He added: "Enemies many different agendas, but worst old toffs and right wingers who still want last century’s status quo with their monopolies," according the article.