LONDON (AP) — A British newspaper says it has seen evidence that the phone-hacking scandal rocking the U.K. media establishment extends well beyond journalists to include other industries.
The hacking scandal has rocked Britain with revelations that journalists routinely intercepted voicemails, bribed public officials, and hacked into computers in their search for scoops.
The Independent says that a leaked report from Britain's Serious and Organized Crime Agency — often described as the U.K.'s version of the FBI — shows that authorities were aware of a much wider circle of organizations employing many of the same methods.
The paper said law firms, debt collectors and others also made use of hacking to get an edge over rivals.
SOCA did not immediately return Associated Press messages seeking comment Saturday.