News Corp.'s U.S. Hacking Problem

How one Murdoch ad firm may have gone too far when it tried to dominate its competition

Photo-Illustration by John Ritter for TIME; MURDOCH: Paul Hackett / REUTERS

There was nothing friendly in the message coming over the fax machine to News Corp. chief financial officer David DeVoe, CEO Rupert Murdoch's right-hand man. On March 3, 2004, famed investor and insurance magnate William Berkley sent the confidential fax to DeVoe. The subject: computer hacking and other allegedly anticompetitive behavior by a News Corp. subsidiary against Floorgraphics, a New Jersey--based in-store-advertising pioneer in which Berkley was a major investor. "We have just discovered evidence that our proprietary and password-protected computer files of past, current and upcoming floor ad programs has been breached by [News Corp. subsidiary] News America [Marketing], as...

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now


Get TIME the way you want it

  • One Week Digital Pass — $4.99
  • Monthly Pay-As-You-Go DIGITAL ACCESS$2.99
  • One Year ALL ACCESSJust $30!   Best Deal!
    Print Magazine + Digital Edition + Subscriber-only Content on

Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!