This is just the latest in a long string of phone hacks by these sleazeballs.
Hacking the Phone of a Murdered Schoolgirl: Murdoch's British Tabloid Accused of New Low - Global Spin - TIME.com
They moralize endlessly but Britain's tabloid newspapers are notoriously relaxed when it comes to their moral code. Even so, claims that Glenn Mulcaire, a private investigator employed by the News of the World, hacked into the voicemails of a murdered 13-year-old schoolgirl called Milly Dowler—and actually deleted some messages to make space for new callers, accidentally giving her family false hope she may be alive—has caused widespread revulsion and may finally force a full investigation into the dark practices in British newsrooms.
Such an investigation is long overdue. As advertising revenues and circulations have fallen, the mass-market tabloids—the so-called red-tops—and some of their supposedly upmarket competitors have shown an increasing disregard for journalistic good practice. In some cases, journalists and freelance investigators breached the law. And the authorities that should have reined them in turned a blind eye. Politicians did so because they sought the favor and feared the enmity of the popular press. The police did so because they failed to take the crimes seriously (like many members of the British public, they had little sympathy for wealthy celebrities and pampered politicians bleating about violations of their privacy); police resources were stretched; and some police were in the pay of the newspapers. In 2003, a committee of MPs looking into media intrusion interviewed the editors of the two British tabloids owned by Rupert Murdoch, the Sun and the News of the World. “We have paid police for information in the past,” said Rebekah Wade, the Sun editor. “As I said, we have always operated within the code and within the law,” countered the NOTW editor, Andy Coulson.