Saturday 25 February 2017

Teenage tricks that tore tabloid apart

A practice used to snoop on boyfriends as a teen is the very same one to destroy a newspaper, writes Niamh Horan

I have a vivid memory from my late teens, and long before I got into journalism, of lounging in my living room with a group of girlfriends when one of them casually talked about hacking into her boyfriend's mobile phone.

"What?" I said, laughing. "How do you do that?"

What followed was a crash course in electronic snooping that would open our little coven to a world where personal information about our past, present and potentially future boyfriends could be accessed without them ever knowing.

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