Hacking scandal spreads to The Times

The Times is being investigated by the Metropolitan police over email hacking claims, according to a BBC report. There are few details available yet, but is another sign that News International can not shake-off hacking allegations.

News of the investigation comes after it emerged at the Leveson inquiry last month that a controversial 2009 Times article that outed an anonymous police blogger, known as Nightjack, was based on material obtained by hacking a Hotmail email account.

The BBC report says that Labour MP Tom Watson says he has received confirmation from the Met that the Times is being investigated. He said he was contacted by officers from Operation Tuleta, which is the Met’s investigation into computer hacking.

“Mr Watson, a member of the Culture, Media and Sport Committee, said on Twitter: “The Met police have confirmed to me they are investigating [Rupert Murdoch’s] newspaper The Times over email hacking.”

“He had previously written to the police on 23 January to ask whether they would investigate the matter after the newspaper admitted that one of its reporters tried to access a private account, the BBC reports.