Sky News admits it hacked Canoe Man’s email

Graham Cluley
@gcluley

Broadcaster Sky News has admitted that it authorised a journalist to hack email accounts on two separate occasions.

According to media reports, the TV stations’s northern England correspondent, Gerard Tubb, accessed an email account belonging to John Darwin – the so-called “Canoe Man” who faked his own death as part of a complex fraud involving his wife.

The case gripped the British public’s imagination, with canoeist John Darwin faking his own death at sea in 2002 only to subsequently walk into a London police station over five years later.

In a news report from 2008, which – at the time of writing – is still available on the Sky…

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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, or drop him an email.

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