Rupert Murdoch reporters in the UK illegally hacked thousands of peoples' data

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  1. Lemnisk says:

    The New York Times’ article says the Guardian doesn’t cite a single source in its claim that News Corp. paid $1.6m in “damages and legal costs” to three footballers. Moreover, all of the allegations “could not be independently verified” by the NYT. This is not a sign that the article is unfounded, and the Guardian probably wants to protect its sources, since this is a sensitive issue. But running with the allegations instead of the story is unwise, even if the former makes for a better headline.

    If this is true, I hope part of News Corp.’s punishment requires that it stop inserting random one-page sports “sections” into the Wall Street Journal.

  2. demidan says:

    Watch out! His next plan it to release Snow Crash!

  3. Anonymous says:

    I can’t wait to see this on the news. Oh, wait…

  4. Mojave says:

    Old Rupert ain’t gonna live forever. What are his plans for an heir? His wife? His son? Who is he building all of this power for?

  5. Charlie Lesoine says:

    ugh…I work for that guy…

  6. Anonymous says:

    Its a common thing in the UK: journalists hire private investigators who have people working in phone companies, at the social security, police etc on their payroll. When some hard to obtain information is needed by a journalist (ie. link a plate number to someone) they call in the PI and ask for the info. This is called the “Dark Art” in british journalism.

  7. Baldhead says:

    “3. Government agencies and companies will think a little more carefully before building up large collections of sensitive personal data that will inevitably be sold to the highest bidder?”

    You’re kidding right? Governments assume their networks are comepletely secure, regardless of how many times they get broken into/ stolen/ leaked/ whatever. I think that on some level they plan on it.

  8. Pete says:

    As other commentators have pointed out: this really means nothing. The UK’s so stuffed that it’s unlikely to have any long-term affect on the powers-that-be, which have proven themselves to be steadfastly corrupt in the past few months.

    (And I know that the above sentence sounds horrifically dour, but we just Britons just had the Parliment-wide revelation that our MP’s were generally stashing money into plastic bags ‘fer later’, we’ve re-nationalised banks for no end, and we can’t afford to pay the wages for any public servants. So please excuse my lack of joi de vie in regards to the idea of justice being forthcoming)

  9. Gilbert Wham says:

    Murdoch’s untouchable. Nothing will happen to him/Newscorp, as you can’t get elected in the UK without them. Simple as that.

  10. Takuan says:

    I predict the next wave of the politically marginalized that turn to violence will be targeting people like Murdoch rather than the sock-puppets they have installed in public office. What will he do then? Reveal his power by co-opting the military as his private body guard?

  11. Neill S Mitchell Esq. says:

    News of the World royal editor Clive Goodman has already been jailed for this in 2007…. You’d think they would learn from that..

  12. FoetusNail says:

    “It’s good to be the king!”

  13. Anonymous says:

    What does this mean:

    The head of the Conservative party’s communications is a former Murdoch exec who from the time that much of this crime was committed by his staffers.

  14. phisrow says:

    @Neill: It certainly appears that they did learn from that. However, they learned “Impunity fucking rules!” rather than “Maybe we ought to obey the law”…

  15. Filekutter says:

    Let’s look at Ole Rupert a moment

    New York Post
    The Times of London
    Twentieth Century Fox Studio/Fox Network
    Fox News
    35 TV stations
    19 regional sports channels

    Well… certainly a tad more interesting.
    Murdock has spent his career in an Orwellian attempt to twist the ‘newspaper’ into a political organ for conservative and corporate interests.
    Now, should his companies, and himself be allowed to walk away from this with a slap on the wrist? I say no.

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