Wednesday 17 January 2018

Paper accused of paying police to track celebrities

Matt Blake in London

THE Metropolitan Police in London will examine allegations that the 'News of the World' paid policemen to track down targets using a method called "pinging", which involves bouncing a person's mobile-phone signal from relay towers to locate their exact whereabouts.

'The New York Times' reported claims from a former showbiz reporter at the paper that corrupt officers helped a member of the news desk to track down a celebrity.

The article claimed that the executive asked only for the person's mobile-phone number and soon returned with an exact location in Scotland.

Oliver Crofton, of the cyber-security consultancy Vigilante Bespoke, said: "The phone company can identify which mast is the closest to the phone, then triangulate your location via the next closest two."

Last week, police launched Operation Elveden after News International emails appeared to show payments from reporters and investigators to serving officers. At least four officers have been identified.

A Met spokesman said: "We will examine all aspects and forms of police corruption deriving from inappropriate relationships with newspapers." (© Independent News Service)

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