Gordon Brown says newspapers also used malware to hack computers

With the News of the World “phone hacking” scandal continues to dominate news headlines in the UK, new claims are being made that journalists didn’t just spy on celebrities and members of the public by listening to voicemail messages but also used malware to hack into computers.

It’s thought that journalists targeted former Prime Minister Gordon Brown in their phone hacking attacks, and journalists are also alleged to have obtained information about his bank account through underhand means.

In a rowdy debate in the House of Commons yesterday afternoon, Gordon Brown said that the crimes went far beyond phone hacking:

“Amassed against these guiltless victims and against a succession of other victims of crime whose…

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