Everybody’s favorite octogenarian media tycoon is at it again. This time, Rupert Murdoch is accused of hiring hackers to crack a pay-TV rival’s encryption system and then post the hack on the internet in order to financially cripple them. It worked: they’re now bust…
The BBC reports that Murdoch enlisted Lee Gibling to hack the smart cards used by pay-TV rival ITV Digital in their set-top boxes. Then, the details were leaked across the Internet so users of the ITV service could avoid paying their monthly subscription fees.
Like much of the news created in Murdoch’s wake, this story has been well-hidden until now—in fact, the practice saw ITV’s pay-TV company go bust in 2002. ITV Digital’s former chief technical officer, Simon Dore, told the the BBC that the hacking was: