How Easy Is It to Hack Into a Cell Phone?

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

So far, the News Corp. phone hacking scandal has led to the shutdown of the British tabloid News of the World, the arrests of 10 people, and the resignations of several News Corp. executives and high ranking police officials. Today, Rupert Murdoch and his son, James, will face a round of questioning before the British Parliament. And it all started with phone hacking. There’s no question that hacking is illegal and unethical. But is it difficult to do?

John Keefe, senior executive news producer for our co-producer, WNYC, did some research and found that phone hacking is relatively simple. 


John Keefe

Produced by:

Arwa Gunja

Comments [1]


This story was actually sort of useful, if only for correcting Celeste Headlee's repeated mischaracterizing this scandal as one of "hacking into cellphones." Which gives ordinary listeners the notion that it amounted to a kind of surveillance or wiretapping.

What was "hacked," was voice mail.

In much the same way that what was stolen and ilegally disseminated by Wikileaks (and then published by The Guardian and The New York Times) was classified State Department and military e-mails.

Jul. 19 2011 10:50 AM

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