Many, Many More News of the World Hacking Victims Uncovered

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Rupert Murdoch's News of the World may be long dead, but the shuttered paper will never stop haunting News Corp. Yesterday, the Guardian revealed that Scotland Yard may have identified as many as 600 new victims of the tabloid's infamous phone hacking program from studying phone logs belonging to a suspect-turned-snitch (or "supergrass," as the British say.) This trove of incriminating information is also believed to be linked to last month's arrests of six other former News of the World employees, which prompted Scotland Yard to postpone the close of its hacking investigation from this year to sometime in 2015. The timing couldn't be worse for Murdoch, who's busy spinning off News Corp.'s money-losing publishing arm, and good pal Prime Minister David Cameron, whose attempts to soften new press regulations may get out-voted in a parliamentary debate tomorrow.