The News of the World, a tabloid paper that has run for over 160 years is set to close its doors after head honcho of News Corp, Rupert Murdoch announced that he wouldn’t allow the publication to continue after the phone hacking scandal that has engulfed the British media in recent weeks.
These arn’t the somewhat good natured hacks of security firms, gaming companies or twitter accounts, the hacks perpetrated by professionals hired by staff at the News of the World include a dead girl’s mobile phone, which led to the hindering of a police investigation. Messages were deleted to free up room, leading the police at the time to assume the girl was still alive. The hackers also broke into the voice mail and phones of terrorism victims, families of dead soldiers, celebrities, and politicians. They would also quite often change voice mail messages in an attempt to fish for further information.
The move to close the paper was announced by Mr Murdoch’s son, James Murdoch, a staffer quite high up the News Corp ladder. “The News of the World is in the business of holding others to account, but it failed when it came to itself.” He also said that upwards of 200 members of staff would lose their jobs in the closing; many of whom have blamed upper management and a “select few” that have caused many innocents to feel the impact of their actions.
The real question at this point is was this just an isolated incident at this British publication, or does that hacking spread to other facets of News Corp, namely Fox news and the New York Post?
Certainly no Lulz here.