Police probe into claims of computer hacking by Murdoch’s News International

Scotland Yard is expanding its investigation into the now defunct The News of the World, and its parent company News International, by investigating possible cases of computer hacking alongside the hacking of mobile phone voicemail systems.

Operation Tuleta will investigate allegations that Trojan horses were used to break into the email systems and computers of individuals, in the hope of gathering information that could be used in newspaper stories.

The investigation follows claims, made by BBC’s Panorama earlier this year, that Ian Hurst, a former British army intelligence officer who had served in Northern Ireland, was the target of the computer hack “for a sustained period during 2006”.

It’s suggested that the News of the World believed that Hurst held information on a…

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