News Corp: 14,000 executive emails blown open

Allegations have been raised that NDS security head Ray Adams a former commander in the Metropolitan Police paid a hacker to access the smart codes of ONdigital, an ITV-owned rival that later collapsed after mass counterfeiting of TV access cards. The messages, purportedly from an NDS unit hard drive, apparently show the unit discussing a pay-TV rival being "totally hacked" by pirates.

Some 14,400 News Corp emails have been published by an Australian newspaper as a storm grows around Rupert Murdoch's company and a former unit's alleged involvement in hacking the smart codes of pay TV rival ONdigital.

The email cache, published online by the Australian Financial Review, could cause issues for Cisco, the networking company that bought NDS, once a News Corp subsidiary, for 3.2 billion two weeks ago.