FBI probes News Corp activities in US

New York, July 15 (IANS/EFE) The FBI said Thursday that it is looking into the US activities of Rupert Murdoch's News Corporation amid the scandal over phone-hacking by one of the media giant's British newspapers.

"We are aware of the accusations and the FBI has begun an investigation," a spokesperson at the Bureau's New York field office told EFE.

The spokesperson declined to say whether the probe would focus on allegations that the now-defunct British tabloid at the heart of the scandal, News of the World, had attempted to access the phones of victims of the Sep 11, 2001, terrorist attacks in New York and Washington.

News Corp shut down the Sunday tabloid July 10 as new information showed that the extent of illegal activity, first exposed in 2007, was greater than initially known, involving not only phone-hacking of crime victims and their fami