Hacking into mobile phone voicemail systems

Graham Cluley

The big story in the British press today revolves around accusations that newspapers have been repeatedly hacking into the mobile phones of public figures in their hunt for stories.

The Guardian newspaper claims that Rupert Murdoch’s news empire has paid out more than a £1 million to settle law suits that threatened to reveal evidence of dodgy dealings by journalists.

The allegation is that journalists working for papers such as the News of the World have employed private investigators to hack into the voicemail systems of the rich and famous. Actress Gwyneth Paltrow, former deputy Prime Minister John Prescott, London Mayor Boris Johnson, pop star George Michael, and smouldering celebrity chef and domestic goddess Nigella Lawson, are just a handful of the well-known names said to have been targeted.

How did they do this? Well, my guess is…

Read more in my article on the Naked Security website.

Found this article interesting? Follow Graham Cluley on Twitter or Mastodon to read more of the exclusive content we post.

Graham Cluley is a veteran of the anti-virus industry having worked for a number of security companies since the early 1990s when he wrote the first ever version of Dr Solomon's Anti-Virus Toolkit for Windows. Now an independent security analyst, he regularly makes media appearances and is an international public speaker on the topic of computer security, hackers, and online privacy. Follow him on Twitter at @gcluley, on Mastodon at @[email protected], or drop him an email.