UK police have warned a former British Cabinet minister that they are investigating evidence that his computer was hacked by private detectives working for Rupert Murdoch’s News International organisation and the disgraced “News of the World” newspaper.
Peter Hain, who served as Secretary of State for Northern Ireland between 2005-2007, has been told by Scotland Yard that computers belonging to him, containing sensitive intelligence material, may have been compromised.
The investigation, which raises questions of national security, is also exploring evidence that computers belonging to other senior Northern Ireland civil servants and intelligence agents were also hacked.
According to a report in The Guardian newspaper, Hain will be asked to confirm that classified material obtained by police investigators came from his PC.
Read more in my article on the Naked Security website.