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Latest Hacking Victim: Former Prime Minister

Gordon Brown's voicemail, financial and medical records targeted

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The Guardian is out with a fresh report on the ongoing News Corp. phone hacking scandal, and this one is absolutely explosive. Journalists from "across News International"—that is, all of News Corp.'s UK newspaper subsidiary, and not just the now-defunct News of the World—"repeatedly targeted" former British Prime Minister Gordon Brown, the paper says, "attempting to access his voicemail and obtaining information from his bank account, his legal file as well as his family's medical records."

This newest information implicates two new News Corp. papers, the Sunday Times and the Sun, in the hacking scandal. Perhaps most damaging, given how it's been more emotional stories that really took the furor over hacking to a new level, the Guardian reports that details from medical records for Brown's then-infant son, who has cystic fibrosis, were obtained by and printed in the Sun. (It's not clear that any hacking or other illegal tactics were used in obtaining those records.) 

On top of that, the Guardian reports, "Abbey National bank found evidence suggesting that [an actor] acting for the Sunday Times on six occasions posed as Brown and gained details from his account."