Tuesday, November 29, 2011

former Northern Ireland secretary's computer may have been hacked by Murdoch's company

News International is owned by Rupert Murdoch, who also owns News Corps and Fox "News"


Patrick Wintour and Dan Sabbagh
guardian.co.uk, Monday 28 November 2011 16.11 EST

The former Northern Ireland secretary Peter Hain has been told by the Metropolitan police that they are investigating evidence that his computer, and those of senior Northern Ireland civil servants and intelligence agents, may have been hacked by private detectives working for News International.

The suggestion that the minister's computers, containing sensitive intelligence material, may have been compromised is the most serious sign yet that newspaper malpractice extended far beyond the hacking of mobile phone voicemail, into the realm of other electronic data.

The investigation into computer hacking is being carried out by detectives from Scotland Yard's specialist crime directorate. It is separate, but related to the phone hacking investigation.

Officers from Operation Tuleta are looking at the activities of individuals who were paid by News International, including a firm of private detectives allegedly offering "ethical hacking". They are also looking at allegations about the detectives' connections within News International.

A spokesman for Hain would not directly comment on the news of recent contacts between him and the police but said: "This is a matter of national security and subject to a police investigation so it would not be appropriate to comment."

News International has declined to comment, but said on Monday night that Operation Tuleta was looking at a number of newspapers.



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