News Corp - hacking allegations again .. against Aussie competitors
Time that piece of scum was jailed ..
Senior Australian officials have expressed concern over allegations that News Corporation engaged in hacking and piracy in order to damage its commercial television competitors.
The allegations suggested that the firm owned by Rupert Murdoch had set up a unit to sabotage rivals.
The Australian Financial Review said this was done by making pirate copies of competitors' smart cards.
News Corporation has denied any role in fostering piracy in pay television.
In a statement, its Australian arm News Limited said the newspaper report was "full of factual inaccuracies, flawed references, fanciful conclusions and baseless accusations".
"News Limited... has spent considerable resources fighting piracy in Australia. It is ironic and deeply frustrating that we should be drawn into a story concerning the facilitation of piracy," it said.
Similar claims that News Corporation was hacking into codes required to view subscription TV and then making them available on the black market were made on Monday in a BBC television programme about Mr Murdoch's company operations in Britain.
The British regulator - Ofcom - says it will investigate all relevant evidence of phone and computer hacking.