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News of the World Investigation Expanded to 9/11 Victims 135

DMandPenfold writes "Police are questioning whether a change in News International's email retention policy was part of an effort to conceal widespread phone hacking by the News of the World, a scandal which is threatening Rupert Murdoch's planned takeover of BSkyB. The trawl for emails and the questioning of changes in News International's email retention policy has important implications for IT security and corporate governance professionals, and is likely to see organizations examining their own policies and reminding their staff on acceptable usage and best practice for email."
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News of the World Investigation Expanded to 9/11 Victims

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  • by G3ckoG33k ( 647276 ) on Monday July 11, 2011 @11:45AM (#36721148)

    Published: September 1, 2010 []

    IN NOVEMBER 2005, three senior aides to Britain’s royal family noticed odd things happening on their mobile phones. Messages they had never listened to were somehow appearing in their mailboxes as if heard and saved. Equally peculiar were stories that began appearing about Prince William in one of the country’s biggest tabloids, News of the World.

      As Scotland Yard tracked Goodman and Mulcaire, the two men hacked into Prince Harry’s mobile-phone messages. On April 9, 2006, Goodman produced a follow-up article in News of the World about the apparent distress of Prince Harry’s girlfriend over the matter. Headlined “Chelsy Tears Strip Off Harry!” the piece quoted, verbatim, a voice mail Prince Harry had received from his brother teasing him about his predicament.

    The palace was in an uproar, especially when it suspected that the two men were also listening to the voice mail of Prince William, the second in line to the throne

    The ones in charge, Rupert Murdoch and Rebekah Brooks, have known about this for years and approved of it. They are the ones who should be charged, not the pianists, i.e. the reporters. They did what they were told to do.

    Read more at []

    "When The Times reporters asked one veteran News of the World reporter how many people in the offices knew about the hacks, the reporter said “Everyone knew The office cat knew."

    and [] []

    The evidence is there, and everywhere, Murdoch and Brooks are scum.

  • Re:Ok, ok. (Score:4, Interesting)

    by bmo ( 77928 ) on Monday July 11, 2011 @12:51PM (#36722294)

    >The majority of the time, the user will have a stupidly weak password like 1234, 123456, 111111, etc. I do VoIP for a living and one of the platforms I support, Broadworks, can not block a user from having a password like 123456. 111111 is banned, but easy sequences can't be yet.

    The next time you go to the ATM take a look at the number pad, where people put in their PINs.

    You will see that numbers 1 through 5 have the most wear.

    It's like this everywhere.


  • by MightyMartian ( 840721 ) on Monday July 11, 2011 @12:59PM (#36722448) Journal

    It's getting actually downright scary. Apparently there's evidence that a member of the Queen's security team was taking bribes for information on the doings and whereabouts of members of the Royal Family. Let's keep in mind here that the Queen is the head of state of the UK and fifteen other Commonwealth Realms, and this is a massive breach of security.

    Imagine for a moment what would be happening right now to any newsroom that had managed to penetrate the Secret Service and was gaining information on the President's whereabouts, or that of his wife and children. The Secret Service would be tearing the newsroom to pieces, reporters and editors, Christ, even the bloody janitors and the guy that flips the water bottles, would be sweating it out under a bright light bulb in front of guys in suits and sunglasses.

A consultant is a person who borrows your watch, tells you what time it is, pockets the watch, and sends you a bill for it.