Many, Many More News of the World Hacking Victims Uncovered

Copies of the last edition of the British tabloid newspaper News of the World are pictured on sale at a shop in south London on July 10, 2011. Britain's News of the World hit newsstands for the last time today after being closed amid the phone-hacking scandal, ending 168 years of scoops and scandal with the headline "Thank You and Goodbye."  AFP PHOTO / CARL COURT (Photo credit should read CARL COURT/AFP/Getty Images)
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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.