Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Tap Out

Murdoch is so screwed.

NPR: Justice Department To Probe if News Corp Hacked 9/11 Families/8.24.11


Anonymous said...

The Wheels of Justice may be slow, but they do turn. I hope you're sweating Murdoch.

J. Dack said...

I may have to bake Scalzi's Schadenfreude Pie if this turns out like I'm hoping it will.

cinderkeys said...

I am so very much missing something. Why would News Corp want to hack the phones of 9/11 families?

Understand, I have no love for Murdoch. I just don't understand what kind of story they'd get this way. "Family Loses Son In Attacks, Is Sad."

Chez said...

That's actually a misleading headline. The story involves whether the accounts of the victims themselves were hacked, in an effort to get information on them.

cinderkeys said...

No, I understand that they're investigating whether the victims were hacked. I just don't understand why that would ever happen.

If a news organization hacks into Dick Cheney's e-mail account during the Bush administration, it could find out all sorts of juicy things. Secret strategies to deal with terrorism. An illicit affair. What would they get out of hacking the phones of 9/11 victims besides some human interest story they could have found pretty easily through legitimate means?

The reward-risk ratio seems pretty low, that's all.

You work in this industry, and this looks plausible to you, so I must be missing something. I just can't figure out what.

Chez said...

That's actually the most fascinating part of the story. They didn't even know what they were looking for; for, say, News of the World, hacking into someone's phone or e-mail was simply common practice, a standard tactic in any investigation. They never thought a damn thing of it, which is why if they did actually dig into the private voicemails or e-mail accounts of 9/11 victims, they were doing nothing more than fishing. It was that accepted a practice; it didn't take any kind of "probable cause" in their minds to justify it.