Sex Writer Says Murdoch Reporter Hacked Her Computer

It's not just murder victims and government officials who have been hacked by Rupert Murdoch's minions. A once-pseudonymous sex writer claims a writer for the Murdoch-owned Sunday Times installed a trojan on her computer in an effort to out her.

Brooke Magnanti blogged about her secret life as a call girl, then published a runaway best-seller about it in 2005 under the name Belle de Jour. On the day her book came out, she claims she got an email from a reporter from the Sunday Times:

So on the day of the book's release in the UK, I logged on to a public library computer in Clearwater, Florida, and had a look at that old account. There was a new message from someone I didn't recognise. I opened it.

The message was from a journo at the Sunday Times. It was short Come on Belle, not even a little hint? There was an attachment. The attachment started downloading automatically (then if I remember correctly, came up with a "failed to download" message).

My heart sank - my suspicion was that there had been a program attached to the message, some sort of trojan, presumably trying to get information from my computer.

She says the journalist somehow knew she was in Florida, even though she never replied. Now, another formerly anonymous sex writer, Zoe Margolis, is suggesting on Twitter that journalists hacked her computer too. Who knows, really, if this was a hack. But at this point journalists at Murdoch's papers are accused of hacking basically every other person in England, so we'll just assume it's true.

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