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New Front Opening Up in Widening News Corp. Scandal

Aug 17, 2011  •  Post A Comment

The next front in the widening News Corp. scandal may involve the “graduation” of journalists from hacking mobile phones to computer hacking and other forms of spying, according to a British lawmaker, reports Bloomberg.

“My own concerns are that this will lead to other forms of covert surveillance and I think the next scandal will be computer hacking and we’re going to be living with this for weeks and months to come,” said Tom Watson, a Labour Party lawmaker and a member of the Culture, Media and Sport Committee that is investigating phone hacking at Rupert Murdoch’s now defunct News of the World Tabloid.

London police opened a third investigation into reporting tactics, with a focus on computer hacking, although it doesn’t specifically target News Corp. The inquiry is looking into “a number of allegations regarding breach of privacy” and computer hacking, the police said.

The probe was started after allegations from former British Army intelligence officer Ian Hurst that News Group, a unit of News Corp., had hired a computer expert to hack into his email, the story says. News International declined to comment when asked about computer hacking, the article notes.

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