Media watchdog Ofcom is set to investigate claims that a News Corp subsidiary ‘helped to hasten the demise’of one of its British pay-TV rivals.
The Independent reports today that the regulator would consider “all relevant evidence” after being asked to look into allegations by the BBC’s Panorama that ‘NDS, a London-based News Corp company specialising in satellite television technology, leaked codes that could have been used to create counterfeit smart cards for the now defunct ITV Digital”.
Today’s report said:
NDS, which is being sold to computing giant Cisco for $5bn, has flatly denied the Panorama claims, describing them as “simply not true”. It said: “It is wrong to claim NDS has ever been in possession of any codes for the purpose of promoting hacking or piracy.”
At the heart of the latest claims, which focus on the strenuous and expensive efforts of pay-TV companies to maintain the integrity of their encryption systems in a ruthless world of pirates, lies an elite strata of “super-hackers” whose genius was to be able to penetrate security codes which their manufacturers claim to be unbreakable.