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Rupert Murdoch: History Repeats Itself

Unless you’re shacked up in a cave somewhere, you already know about the phone hacking scandal sweeping Britain involving media mogul Rupert Murdoch.

Tomorrow, Tuesday July 19th, 2011, at 9:30am EST, Rupert Murdoch, his son James Murdoch, and former News International chief executive Rebekah Brooks, will be questioned by UK Congress over their involvement in the sure to be far reaching and tremendously complicated, hacking scandal.

The turpitude has all the ingredients of a well scripted murder mystery. Why murder? Well, because there is even a little of that involved also.

Sean Hoare, a former News of the World employee, was the primary whistleblower on the hacking scandal. Sean reportedly feared for his life over the past year and as of today, is now dead. He was discovered in his home in Watford, Hertfordshire.

The media is already laying the foundation for this death being nothing but a “coincidence” but I myself am not too sure on that and here’s why.

I’d like to take you back to the year 1998.

NDS, a News Corp. subsidiary, was the security company responsible for protecting the smartcard technology of DirecTV. By this time in 1998, DTV had already become hacked completely whereas people all over the world had access to all 300+ channels including PPV….FOR FREE!

Determined to “fix” the issue of hacking on their network, NDS (News Datacom), owned by one Keith “Rupert” Murdoch, set out on a headhunting mission to find talent in the field of smart card encryption technology.

india crowd demographics q 16638 300x192 Rupert Murdoch: History Repeats Itself was a promising and extremely talented German researcher in the field of smart card technology. His exploits quickly became legendary throughout the computer world and this in turn placed “Tron”, as he was known in the computer underground, squarely on the radar of NDS.

In October of 1998, a few weeks after meeting with NDS officials, Floricic was found dead, hanging from a tree in a Berlin park.

Although the death was ruled a suicide by authorities the rest of the hacker underground, even to this day, believe it was a case of cold blooded murder.

You know what they say about crime right? Follow the money.

Well a spring chicken hack on the DTV smart cards could have been worth over $5 million dollars. Is that not motivation?

A few years later in 2003, Echostar and Nagravision, competitors to DirecTV in the digital satellite market, filed what was at the time, the largest lawsuit by bluechip companies the US courts had ever seen. Valued at over a billion dollars, the case was later all but shoved under the carpet with a ruling in favor of Echostar and Nagravision for $45.69 in damages.

$45 bucks from $1,000,000,000.00 – this was lunacy.

Now here we sit, some 8 years later and once again we have a dead hacker, a conspiracy involving Rupert Murdoch and a potentially billion dollar lawsuit with more arms than an Indian passenger train.

My question is…how many more hackers have to die before we open our eyes to what/who is really pulling the strings.

HINT: it’s not the law courts or Congress anymore either.

Referenced articles:

http://reporter.blogs.com/thresq/2008/10/echostar-demand.html

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/3078551/ns/technology_and_science-tech_and_gadgets/t/where-piracy-profits-converge/

http://www.donhalbert.com/a-history-lesson-in-satellite-piracy-by-vista/

http://edition.cnn.com/2011/WORLD/europe/07/18/uk.phone.hacking.hoare/index.html?hpt=hp_t1

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