Report: tabloid's hacker targeted dead soldiers

Associated Press
LONDON (AP) — A published report says that the telephone numbers of relatives of dead military personnel have been found in files amassed by a detective employed by a Sunday tabloid newspaper.

The Daily Telegraph's report in Thursday's edition could not be independently verified, and the newspaper did not identify the source of its information. There was no indication whether any of those telephones had been hacked.

The BBC reported that relatives of some soldiers say they have not been contacted by police, but that a newspaper had asked them about possible hacking.

The News of the World, the newspaper which is the focus of a criminal investigation, issued a statement saying it would be "absolutely appalled and horrified" if there was any truth in the allegation.

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