News Corp Scandal: Gov't Computers May Have Been Hacked, Murdoch Son Outstaying Welcome
Not the best day for the beleaguered News International, Rupert Murdoch's disgraced media empire.
First up is the news that government omputers as well as phones may have been hacked into. From the Guardian
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.
Another person whose emails may have been hacked? Actress and periodic tabloid fixture Sienna Miller.
This isn't the best time for the corporation's misdeeds to be further publicized, as many shareholders are "revolting" against the Murdoch rule due to this scandal:
The news comes as James Murdoch faces a shareholder revolt over his continuing presence on the board of BSkyB, where he acts as chairman. It is estimated that somewhere around a third of independent, non-Murdoch shareholders, will not support his re-election to the board as investors register discontent over the phone-hacking affair.