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Not Getting Any Better: Now the FBI Is Investigating Phone Hacking Scandal


"If these allegations are proven true . . . the conduct would merit felony charges . . ."

The FBI has started investigating Rupert Murdoch's News Corp. as a result of allegations that employees or associates have hacked into voicemails of Sept. 11 survivors, victims and their families.

According to CNNMoney, a source from News Corp told them, "We are aware of the allegations and are looking into them."

"We'll be looking at anyone acting for or on behalf of News Corp., from the top down to janitors," to determine whether laws have been broken, the source said.

Meanwhile, Peter King, chairman of the House Committee on Homeland Security, "urged the FBI on Wednesday to launch an investigation. He called for the probe to focus on recent reports alleging that journalists working for News Corp.'s News of the Worldtried to obtain phone records of 9/11 victims through bribery and unauthorized wiretapping."

"If these allegations are proven true, the conduct would merit felony charges for attempting to violate various Federal statutes related to corruption of public officials and prohibitions against wiretapping," King said in a letter sent to the Justice Department.

The bad press is certainly taking its tole on the news giant as shares of News Corp. fell more than 3 percent in Thursday's trading session.

Rupert Murdoch's media empire has been under fire since last week when it was first alleged that News of the World journalists were involved with hacking phones of celebrities, politicians as well as of a murdered teen girl and the father of a bombing victim.

On Wednesday, News Corp. gave up its $12.5 billion bid to purchase British Sky Broadcasting as a result of the growing scandal.

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