Have you ever wondered how the newspapers found out that mobile phones could be so easily hacked? The BBC news website is running a story about a man who tried to campaign to warn people that their phones were vulnerable. The BBC was one of a few organizations that was never guilty of trying to get information in such a sneaky way.
What makes the story so very interesting is that Vodaphone actually told the man how to hack his own phone to get to his messages. In trying to campaign to the general public the man inadvertently gave the papers the means by which they could get their sordid stories that they printed about a variety of celebrities.
The first organization that was given the information was not News of the World, but the rival organization owned by Trinity Mirror. However, Trinity Mirror refused to comment. He also went to the Sun, which is a News Limited paper – this story has been backed by the person that he approached, and as that person says the story was canned.
This scandal is really very strange because there are a lot of unanswered questions regarding how the hacking happened in the first place. How for example did they get hold of a database with all of the phone numbers? How did they get hold of the number for Milly Dowler? Who supplied the numbers of members of the Royal Family?
News Limited did not act alone in this scandal. It is a scandal and an activity that was rampant with the various press organizations. I see no reason as to why News Limited should be singled out for attention, especially when it was News Ltd who took additional information to the police in the first place.