While News Corp. founder Rupert Murdoch may have closed down News of the World over their UK phone hacking scandal, investigations into the company’s practices have not ended and are hitting closer to home with U.S. officials now investigating the publication (owned by News Corp.) for attempting to hack into the cell phones of 9/11 victims and their families.
Various lawmakers including Rep. Peter King had called for an investigation in the U.S. almost immediately after the scandal broke.
The investigation comes after reports began surfacing last week in which News Corp. employees attempted to bribe a New York City police officer in order gain access to phone records of British victims who were killed in the attacks and the phone records of their families.
At this time it’s still unclear if the FBI is involved or if the issue may be even more broad in scope.
It’s still unclear what, if any information News Corp. employees were able to obtain from voicemails and other phone records.