07 Jul 2011

Long-running tabloid can't survive hacking scandal

A hacking scandal has led to the demise of the 168-year-old British tabloid News of the World, owned by Rupert Murdoch's News Corp.

James Murdoch, Rupert Murdoch's son and a top News Corp. executive, sent a memo to News of the World staff on July 7, saying the recent revelations of hacking had fatally compromised the paper's credibility. The July 10th issue will be the paper's last, and all revenue from sales of that issue will be donated to charitable causes.

A public outcry followed news that the British paper has for years been hacking the mobile devices not only of newsmakers like celebrities and politicians, but the family members of murder victims and soldiers killed in combat. The scope of the scandal has grown since initial allegations News of the World compromised the cell phone of a 13-year-old girl abducted and killed in 2002. The same day the paper announced it will permanently stop the presses, the Daily Telegraph reported the number of hacking victims could exceed 4,000.

The Telegraph also reports there are concerns that News of the World also hacked into email accounts.

A recent survey by a U.K. computer security firm revealed many users do not install basic computer security software on their mobile devices.