Phone Hacking Scandal Continues, Spreads
It seems that the phone hacking scandal in England is beginning to affect other aspects of the technology security world. The phone hacking scandal has changed everyone’s opinion on the media and just what kind of intrusive powers they should be allowed to be wield. It has also opened the eyes of everyone in the world to the dangers of hacking, with over 50 celebrities being the victims of hacking. Now, in this most recent cast, there is a possibility that a person’s bank records may have also been hacked into in relation to the phone hacking scandal.
The victim of the bank record hacking is Scottish First Minister Alex Salmond. He released a statement yesterday that publicly accused the Observer of the hacking. The Observer is a sister paper of the Guardian, and they were part of the exposition of the phone hacking scandal in Britain.
Salmond told the Leveson Inquiry that at this time he is still unable to provide any evidence into the allegation that News of the World had hacked and listened to his personal voicemails. The Leveson Inquiry is another newspaper in Britain that specializes in investigating cases that involve the press and their legal limitations of spying.
While he was unable to provide definite proof, he did add this to his statement: “My bank account was accessed by the Observer newspaper some time ago, in 1999, and my reason for believing that is I was informed by a former Observer journalist.”
He said the person knew details about purchases he made for his nieces that could only have come from the so-called “blagging” of his bank account, which happened during the run-up to elections in Scotland.
“I believe that there is a substantial case that illegality was rife across many newspaper titles,” Salmond said.
The Observer is the Sunday sister paper of the left-leaning Guardian, whose investigation into hacking by the News of the World resulted in the closure of Murdoch’s top-selling British paper in July 2011.
Guardian News and Media, the publisher of The Observer, said Salmond had raised the issue with the paper’s editor last year but it had not found anything to support his claim. In response to his allegations, a spokesman for the Observer counter Salmond’s state and said the following: “As we explained to him last year, on the basis of the information he had given us, we have been unable to find any evidence to substantiate his allegation. We take this allegation very seriously and if he is able to provide us with any more information we will investigate further.”
Salmond faced criticism in April after the Leveson Inquiry heard that Murdoch’s News Corp believed the Scottish first minister would intervene on behalf of its bid to take control of pay-TV giant BSkyB.
British Prime Minister David Cameron set up the inquiry to probe the ethics of the press and its relations with politicians and the police after the hacking scandal erupted. Hopefully, once this inquiry is over, they will be able to finally close the doors on this phone hacking scandal. Don’t forget to protect yourself from hackers and information thieves.