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Using Siri, Google Now, Hackers Can Nab Your Data

Attackers could open malicious websites, send phishing emails, and more

(Newser) - Using radio waves, hackers at the French government agency ANSSI say they've been able to silently trigger voice commands on any smartphone thanks to access via Google Now and Siri. Reporting in the journal IEEE , they say it's possible to operate the voice-activated command tools to do things... More »

US Drops News Corp Phone-Hacking Inquiry

Feds were investigating possible bribes by journalists

(Newser) - In the UK, the inquiry centered on News Corp's phone hacking has resulted in prosecutions—but in the US, it looks like Rupert Murdoch's company is off the hook. The US has announced that it won't prosecute News Corp, the BBC reports. Federal investigators had eyed News... More »

Kim Kardashian Among Celebs in New Nude Photo Hack

Actress Gabrielle Union says she'll contact the FBI

(Newser) - Celebrity hackers have unleashed another round of nude photos on the Internet, including apparent images of Kim Kardashian, Vanessa Hudgens, Emily Ratajkowski, and Hayden Panatierre—as well as more pics of Rihanna and Jennifer Lawrence, the BBC reports. The images appeared briefly yesterday morning on the websites 4chan and Reddit,... More »

Clooney Flick Takes on UK Phone Hacking

Actor will direct adaptation of Nick Davies' 'Hack Attack'

(Newser) - George Clooney will put his stamp on the British phone-hacking scandal, directing an adaptation of Nick Davies' book Hack Attack for Sony. The book is the result of six years of investigation into Rupert Murdoch's News Corp and News of the World, and the flick "has all the... More »

Murdoch Honcho Gets 18 Months

Andy Coulson could be out in 9 months

(Newser) - "No one is above the law," said British Prime Minister David Cameron today in reaction to the sentence handed to former News of the World editor Andy Coulson—who went on to work for Cameron. Coulson was sentenced to 18 months in prison for participating in a phone-hacking... More »

Lone NOTW Honcho Convicted of Phone Hacking

Andy Coulson convicted, Rebecca Brooks acquitted

(Newser) - Former News of the World editor Andy Coulson was convicted of phone hacking today, but fellow editor Rebekah Brooks was acquitted after a monthslong trial centering on illegal activity at the heart of Rupert Murdoch's newspaper empire. A jury unanimously found Coulson, an ex-adviser to Prime Minister David Cameron,... More »

Tabloid Hacked Kate's Phone 155 Times, Harry's ... 9

Royal wild child was apparently not that interesting to 'News of the World'

(Newser) - If hacking is a form of flattery, Kate Middleton ought to be red-faced. Former News of the World royal editor Clive Goodman admitted hacking the phones of British royals today, telling the court that the now-duchess was first targeted in 2005 as "a figure of increasing importance around the... More »

Diana Leaked Royal Phone Book, Says Ex-Editor

Clive Goodman tells court she wanted to get back at Charles

(Newser) - Another shocker from Britain's phone-hacking trial: Former News of the World royal editor Clive Goodman says a palace phone book in his possession came not from corrupt cops but from an angry princess. Goodman yesterday told the court that Princess Diana gave him the book in 1992 because she... More »

Tabloid Hacked Kate's Phone: Prosecutors

Prince William calls her 'babykins' in voicemail, says he was nearly shot

(Newser) - Prosecutors told a London court today that Rupert Murdoch's News of the World hacked the phones of Kate Middleton and Prince Harry, marking the first time the now-closed tabloid has been accused of hacking the phone of an actual member of the British royal family—as opposed to an... More »

Queen Furious When Cops Swiped Her Nuts

She turned detective to stop pilfering, court told

(Newser) - In behavior that probably would have led to their beheadings in an earlier time, police officers on duty in Buckingham Palace infuriated Queen Elizabeth II by helping themselves to nuts left out in bowls in the royal residence, Britain's phone-hacking trial heard yesterday. The Queen was "furious" about... More »

Murdoch Honchos' Trial Begins in Britain

Rebekah Brooks, Andy Coulson face phone hacking charges

(Newser) - Today marks the beginning of a phone-hacking trial centered on two former bosses at Rupert Murdoch's News Corp: Rebekah Brooks, once head of News International, and Andy Coulson, former editor of the now-shuttered News of the World. Brooks is accused of hacking mobile phone messages, paying off public officials,... More »

Murdoch Tape: Bribe Scandal 'Next to Nothing'

Recording reveals meeting with journalists

(Newser) - A newly released tape reportedly reveals a conversation between Rupert Murdoch and Sun journalists—and its contents are looking damaging for the News Corp. boss. Apparently speaking to staff arrested on bribery claims , Murdoch calls the investigation into his media empire "the biggest inquiry ever, over next to nothing,... More »

UK: We've Got Hundreds of New Phone-Hacking Victims

As British pols unveil Leveson inquiry

(Newser) - A lawyer for victims of phone hacking by the News of the World says a new conspiracy uncovered by British investigators has hundreds of potential victims. Hugh Tomlinson made the announcement today at Britain's High Court during legal arguments related to lawsuits against News of the World publisher News... More »

UK Report Blasts Murdoch, Press for Wreaking 'Havoc'

Leveson report being watched with keen interest domestically

(Newser) - Lord Justice Brian Leveson's long-awaited report on the various scandals surrounding News of the World and other British tabloids finally hit today, and it absolutely savages Rupert Murdoch's newspapers and the British press in general. The press, Leveson writes, has "wreaked havoc in the lives of innocent... More »

Ex-Murdoch Execs to Face Bribery Charges

Just the latest accusations for Rebekah Brooks, Andy Coulson

(Newser) - British prosecutors are adding new charges to the litany of accusations against former Rupert Murdoch executives. Rebekah Brooks and Andy Coulson, both at the center of the phone-hacking scandal, will be charged with bribing public officials in exchange for stories and information, the New York Times reports. Two other News... More »

Report: News of the World Burglarized Lawmakers

And maybe celebrities, report hints

(Newser) - Forget phone hacking; police now have evidence suggesting that News of the World's private detectives just plain burglarized the homes of its subjects, the Independent reports. Documents from the investigation show that police believe Southern Investigations, a PR firm the paper often employed, had "gained unauthorized access to... More »

News Corp Posts $1.6B Loss

UK scandal hits Murdoch firm's bottom line

(Newser) - Divorce doesn't come cheap: Rupert Murdoch's News Corp has posted a hefty quarterly loss of $1.6 billion, mainly because of its plans to split its profitable entertainment businesses from its ailing publishing arm . The company cut $2.8 billion from the value of its publishing businesses, with... More »

UK Charges Brooks, Coulson in Hacking Scandal

British prosecutors announce 19 charges

(Newser) - British authorities have announced 19 charges over the tabloid phone hacking scandal, and they're targeting some of the biggest names in the case. Former News International CEO Rebekah Brooks and David Cameron's former communications chief Andy Coulson will both be charged with conspiring to "intercept communications."... More »

Why Rupert Murdoch Quit Several Top Positions

News Corp chief's job may be 'fragile': Howard Kurtz

(Newser) - Rupert Murdoch has resigned from the boards of several companies that control his newspapers, as the Telegraph reported—but why? News Corp called it “nothing more than a corporate housecleaning exercise," but Howard Kurtz writes this at The Daily Beast : "Don't buy it." Besieged by... More »

Rupert Murdoch Lobbied UK for Republicans: 'Invade Iraq'

Tony Blair took "over-crude" call from News Corp owner

(Newser) - The owner of Fox News personally lobbied then-British Prime Minister Tony Blair to invade Iraq sooner rather than later, according to a journalist's diary. Rupert Murdoch reportedly made the 2003 call to Blair's cell phone, "pressing on timings" and promising News International would support the war, writes... More »

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