News International being investigated over allegations of hacking into NIO computers

The Guardian has a fascinating breaking story

Metropolitan police that they are investigating evidence that his computer, and those of senior Northern Ireland civil servants and intelligence agents, may have been hacked by private detectives working for News International.

Tom Watson notes:

Phone hacking is one thing, but targeting the computers of ministers with high-security clearance takes this police investigation to another level. It also raises questions for News International about whether its management were aware.”

Indeed. We’ll wait to see if the main feature is as juicy as the trailer makes it out… Hacking into the NIO? I’m pretty sure that the SoS these days has his own computer which runs separately from the departmental system.

Let’s see if they did and if they did, what they got?

Mick is founding editor of Slugger. He has written papers on the impacts of the Internet on politics and the wider media and is a regular guest and speaking events across Ireland, the UK and Europe. Twitter: @MickFealty