July 11, 2011, 4:20 PM — I know the whole thing is reprehensible and unforgivable, but you have to admit the British really know how to put on a scandal.
You may be tired of hearing about the demise of notorious sleaze-tabloid News of the World, following reports it had an occasional issue with procedure and ethics within which it accidentally hacked the cell phones and eavesdropped on someone else's voice mail – about 4,000 times.
You may have tired of hearing journalists wail and beat their chests as they deplore the horrible ethics of the reporters, and of security wonks talk about how easy voicemail hacking is, how often it probably happens and how little most people appreciate the need for some basic standard of security rather than using the same damn password everywhere because it's tattooed on the back of their hands along with their Social Security Numbers so they don't forget.
But check this out:
Not only is NOTW accused of regularly, specifically and very successfully targeting the British royal family for its bit of un-state-sanctioned espionage. It and other News Corp.-owned papers also reportedly hacked the voice mail of former British Prime Minister Gordon Brown, and tried to hack his bank account, legal records and family's private medical records.