Justice Department prosecutors are reviewing years-old allegations that Rupert Murdoch's News Corp.'s advertising arm repeatedly hacked into the computers of a U.S. competitor to steal business, NBC News reports.
NBC quotes Bill Isaacson, the lawyer for Floorgraphics, a New Jersey-based advertising firm, as saying he was contacted this week by two federal prosecutors and an FBI agent seeking information about claims that the firm's computers were hacked by News America Marketing, the advertising division of News Corp., seven years ago.
Floorgraphics filed a civil lawsuit against News America and the trial lasted for nine days in 2009. News America agreed to buy Floorgraphics' assets for $29.5 million as part of an out-of-court settlement.
The renewed interested in the incident appears to be part of a broader Justice Department probe into News Corp. ordered last week by Attorney General Eric Holder after allegations reporters at the News of the World hacked into telephone voice mail accounts.