Rupert Murdoch Firm Hired Hackers To Sabotage Rival, Lawsuit Alleges

ABC reports that one of Rupert Murdoch's companies is going on trial for charges that it hired hackers to sabotage a rival company:

Did a Rupert Murdoch company go too far and hire hackers to sabotage rivals and gain the top spot in the global pay-TV war?

This is the question a jury will be facing in a spectacular five-year-old civil lawsuit that is finally being tried this month in California but which has, oddly, received little notice from U.S. media...

...On the hot spot is NDS Group, a UK-Israeli firm that makes smartcards for pay-TV systems like DirecTV. The company is a majority-owned subsidiary of Murdoch's News Corporation. The charges stem from 1997 when NDS is accused of cracking the encryption of rival NagraStar, which makes access cards and systems for EchoStar's Dish Network and other pay-TV services. Further, it's alleged NDS then hired hackers to manufacture and distribute counterfeit NagraStar cards to pirates to steal Dish Network's programming for free.

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Murdoch has a reputation for ruthlessness, which Newsweek has shown in their report on Murdoch launching an old-fashioned newspaper war against the New York Times.