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January 3, 2012

News Corps Hacking: 9/11 families and survivors may have been targets

Following Great Britain's phone-hacking scandal involving News of the World, numerous 9/11 families and survivors contacted the U.S. Justice Department to learn whether their phones and/or those of their deceased loved ones had been hacked following the 9/11 terrorist attacks. According to an article featured by The New York Times, families represented by Motley Rice LLC are still awaiting basic answers.

Rupert Murdoch's News Corporation allegedly hired private investigators whose purpose was to hack or obtain private information of targeted individuals for tabloid purposes. In August 2011, 9/11 families asked that the Justice Department work with Scotland Yard to determine whether they had been targets of the illegal hacking and if any of the families' personal information was discovered in the investigation.

Many 9/11 families and survivors have reported on-going suspicions that their private information was illegally accessed. The Justice Department has stated that the investigation is ongoing.

"If there was no hacking, it is wildly coincidental that so many people describe similar experiences," said Motley Rice human rights lawyer Jodi Westbrook Flowers, who represents 9/11 victims and families.

Read the full article on 9/11 phone-hacking claims The New York Times.

Learn more about the In re Terrorist Attacks litigation that Motley Rice human rights attorneys filed on behalf of more than 6,500 survivors, family members and victims of the 9/11 attacks against the alleged financiers and material supporters of the terrorist organization al Qaeda.