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Victims get access to evidence in newspaper’s phone hacking scandal

To date, 65 suits have been filed against News International

Scotland Yard has spent the past several months sharing evidence it seized from British newspaper publisher News International’s phone hacking scheme with hundreds of potential victims.

The scandal broke in July when Rupert Murdoch’s media company, News Corp., came under investigation for hacking into the phones of various celebrities, including politicians, actors and the royal family, among others. British authorities seized more than 11,000 pages of handwritten notes from News International, which is owned by News Corp., during its investigation of the media company’s misdeeds.

Authorities are now going over those notes, which a private investigator hired by News International made, with potential victims. To date, they have only contacted 450 of the 6,000 possible targets. So far, 65 victims have filed suit against the now-defunct newspaper, and experts expect more to follow.

The legal implications against News Corp. may reach into the United States. Reuters sources have claimed that at least one of the hacking incidents took place while the victim was in the U.S. Other allegations include the media company targeting Sept. 11 victims’ phones. These cases would likely be tried in U.S. courts.

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