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BY MADISON MACK

ANCHOR CHRISTINA HARTMAN

A new string of hacking allegations have been leveled at News Corp. An Australian newspaper is accusing a subsidiary of the company of sabotaging its pay-TV rivals using high-tech piracy. CNN reports on the Australian Financial Review’s findings.

“…hackers were paid to crack the security systems of competitors causing millions of dollars worth of damage. The AFR’s revelations come just a day after the BBC reported that a News Corp. subsidiary company called NDS hacked the encryption cards of its rival pay-TV provider.” 

The Australian Financial Review’s findings are the result of four years of investigation and come from evidence found in an archive of 14,400 emails obtained from the former European Chief of the secret unit, called Operational Security. A writer for the newspaper told ABC Australia…

“It employed former Israeli spy masters and police officers from the UK who ran a sort of dirty tricks campaign around the world.”

The report claims the sabotage was part of a corporate strategy to financially cripple the competition. Al Jazeera outlines some of the companies targeted.

“… DirecTV in the United States, Telepiu in Italy and Austar in Australia, which News Corp. is currently in the process of acquiring. Just on Monday a documentary in the UK makes similar allegations saying such dirty tactics lead to the collapse of ITV digital in 2002.”

News Corp. has denied all allegations it was directly involved in any illegal activities. BBC has the statement released by News Limited saying the story...

“…is full of factual inaccuracies, flawed references, fanciful conclusions and baseless accusations … News Limited... has spent considerable resources fighting piracy in Australia. It is ironic and deeply frustrating that we should be drawn into a story concerning the facilitation of piracy…”

 Australia’s The Age says the allegations come at an awful time for News Corp. and the Murdochs, who’ve drawn plenty of negative media attention lately.

“First, two commercial deals may be affected. The competition watchdog is yet to approve Foxtel's $1.9 billion takeover of Austar And some commentators are questioning whether News Corp can hold on to its massive profit from the $US5 billion … sale of NDS …UK communications regulator Ofcom is examining whether ... News Corporation are ‘fit and proper’ people to be in control of BSkyB, the company that runs Sky TV.”

The Guardian reports Australia’s communications minister is calling for a police investigation. To check out some of the emails for yourself, check out the link in the transcript section







 

 

News Corp. Accused of Hacking TV Rivals

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Mar 28, 2012

News Corp. Accused of Hacking TV Rivals

(Image Source: The Inquistr )


BY MADISON MACK

ANCHOR CHRISTINA HARTMAN

A new string of hacking allegations have been leveled at News Corp. An Australian newspaper is accusing a subsidiary of the company of sabotaging its pay-TV rivals using high-tech piracy. CNN reports on the Australian Financial Review’s findings.

“…hackers were paid to crack the security systems of competitors causing millions of dollars worth of damage. The AFR’s revelations come just a day after the BBC reported that a News Corp. subsidiary company called NDS hacked the encryption cards of its rival pay-TV provider.” 

The Australian Financial Review’s findings are the result of four years of investigation and come from evidence found in an archive of 14,400 emails obtained from the former European Chief of the secret unit, called Operational Security. A writer for the newspaper told ABC Australia…

“It employed former Israeli spy masters and police officers from the UK who ran a sort of dirty tricks campaign around the world.”

The report claims the sabotage was part of a corporate strategy to financially cripple the competition. Al Jazeera outlines some of the companies targeted.

“… DirecTV in the United States, Telepiu in Italy and Austar in Australia, which News Corp. is currently in the process of acquiring. Just on Monday a documentary in the UK makes similar allegations saying such dirty tactics lead to the collapse of ITV digital in 2002.”

News Corp. has denied all allegations it was directly involved in any illegal activities. BBC has the statement released by News Limited saying the story...

“…is full of factual inaccuracies, flawed references, fanciful conclusions and baseless accusations … News Limited... has spent considerable resources fighting piracy in Australia. It is ironic and deeply frustrating that we should be drawn into a story concerning the facilitation of piracy…”

 Australia’s The Age says the allegations come at an awful time for News Corp. and the Murdochs, who’ve drawn plenty of negative media attention lately.

“First, two commercial deals may be affected. The competition watchdog is yet to approve Foxtel's $1.9 billion takeover of Austar And some commentators are questioning whether News Corp can hold on to its massive profit from the $US5 billion … sale of NDS …UK communications regulator Ofcom is examining whether ... News Corporation are ‘fit and proper’ people to be in control of BSkyB, the company that runs Sky TV.”

The Guardian reports Australia’s communications minister is calling for a police investigation. To check out some of the emails for yourself, check out the link in the transcript section







 

 

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