Murdoch Hacks Hacked Into Princes' Phones
But cops cared little about commoner surveillance
By Mary Papenfuss, Newser Staff
Posted Sep 2, 2010 2:52 AM CDT
Prince William and Prince Harry await the start of a World Cup match in Cape Town earlier this summer.   (AP Photo/Roberto Candia)

(Newser) – The mystery's solved over how Britain's News of the World managed to grab several front-page scoops about Prince Wills and Harry's personal life: a reporter and private investigator simply hacked into their cell phones, Scotland Yard discovered. But the intrusion didn't end there. Rupert Murdoch's crew—and likely other reporters—are suspected of hacking into the phones of hundreds of government officials, celebrities and regular citizens—and Scotland Yard seemed to care only about the royals, reports the New York Times. Many of the hacking targets are just discovering now that their conversations were being monitored by a newspaper.

But police actually first learned of the operation four years ago when they found the newspaper's private investigator, Glenn Mulcaire, possessed 91 PIN codes that allowed him to access phones' voicemail. “There was simply no enthusiasm among Scotland Yard to go beyond" the cases involving the princes, said the chairman of a parliamentary committee. Several investigators said that Scotland Yard was reluctant to press the probe because of its close relationship with the conservative tabloid. But now, victims are taking revenge with lawsuits. “Getting a letter from Scotland Yard that your phone has been hacked is like getting a Willy Wonka golden ticket,” declared a lawyer. “Time to queue up at Murdoch Towers to get paid.”

View 2 more images
More From Newser
My Take on This Story
To report an error on this story,
notify our editors.
Murdoch Hacks Hacked Into Princes Phones is...
Show results without voting
You Might Like
Showing 3 of 9 comments
Sep 2, 2010 5:34 PM CDT
For all those people who are for blanket CCTV on every corner and widespread DNA swabs etc. under the argument that 'why should you worry if you're not doing anything wrong?', this is is fucking why. Nobody seems to give a toss about the general intrusion into people's privacy anymore because we're moving there at such a rate as to inure people to the dangers. It's totally wrong. And no, I don't believe in the NWO or Illuminati, it's all a load of corn-filled bollocks.
Sep 2, 2010 11:08 AM CDT
Would anyone be surprised to learn FoxNews had hacked US citizens and government employees cell phones too? And would anyone be surprised if the FBI knew about it and did nothing, either out of fear of FoxNews (Democratic FBI employees) or approval (Republican employees)?
Sep 2, 2010 8:38 AM CDT
“Getting a letter from Scotland Yard that your phone has been hacked is like getting a Willy Wonka golden ticket.” LOL, there is a lawyer that I want on my side.