Times journalist was disciplined for computer hacking

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A Times journalist was disciplined in 2009 for involvement in ‘computer hacking”, the Leveson Inquiry has been told.

News International interim director of legal affairs Simon Toms said in written evidence to the inquiry: ‘I am not aware that any NI title has ever used or commissioned anyone who used ‘computer hacking’ in order to source stories.

‘I have been made aware of one instance on The Times in 2009 which I understand may have involved a journalist attempting to access information in this way.

‘However, I also understand that this was an act of the journalist and was not authorised by TNL. As such, I understand it resulted in the journalist concerned being disciplined.”

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