News International Scandal: UK Cops Now Investigating Alleged Computer Hacking


A new twist in the seemingly endless News Corp debacle: now authorities in Britain are expanding their investigation into allegations of computer hacking on top of the existing phone hacking and police bribing. Scotland Yard released a statement: “Operation Tuleta is currently considering a number of allegations regarding breach of privacy, received by the MPS since January 2011, which fall outside the remit of (phone-hacking) Operation Weeting, including computer hacking. Some aspects of this operation will move forward to a formal investigation.”

According to the Times, a British intelligence officer named Ian Hurst released a statement saying that investigators had contacted him about allegations he’d made “in regards to my family’s computer being illegally accessed over a sustained period during 2006.” The BBC reported earlier this year that sensitive emails from Hurst’s computer had been leaked to News of the World, News Corp’s recently-shuttered UK tabloid. This, plus the New York Post staff being ordered to preserve all documents pertaining to hacking — it’s a banner weekend for the wild and crazy Murdoch media scandal.

[Reuters, NYT]