The final tally of victims in News International's hacking scandal looks like it will eventually reach 5,800, according to the Guardian. Which may explain why News Corp. has set up a dedicated web site for victims to apply for an out-of-court settlement. Think of it as a MySpace for targets of Rupert Murdoch's criminal surveillance operation.
The program, which News Corp. is touting as a "speedy, cost-effective alternative to litigation" for people whose voicemails were snooped by News of the World reporters, will be run by a retired British judge. You can go here to apply. Interestingly, the rules of the "scheme," as News Corp. repeatedly refers to it, limit its availability to victims of NOTW reporters. I eagerly await the debut of similar sites covering the Sun and News International's other papers.
[Photo of Rupert Murdoch via AP]