Ray Adams is the man in the latest Murdoch scandal

By Michael Collins

Ray Adams is a name you will hear more frequently as the latest and perhaps most fatal Murdoch – News Corp. scandal emerges.

When Murdoch was setting up his BSKYB cable network in England, he had some serious competition. ITV had a digital service called ITV Digital. The British broadcaster was prepared to go head to head with Murdoch’s network. As the services rolled out, ITV Digital became subject to furious hacker attacks. The hackers broke the ITV encryption code and distributed it widely allowing so many people to get free ITV service, the venture failed, largely due to the piracy of its service, and Murdoch had a clean road to mega profits with BSKYB.

The BBC’s Panorama television show broke a story (not yet available in the United States) accusing a Murdoch owned firm, NDS, of hiring hackers to break the ITV code, thus sabotaging the Murdoch competitor. The rest is history and huge profits. BSKYB is the dominant British cable network. It’s spreading throughout Europe.

During the time ITV was hacked out of existence, Ray Adams was the head of operational security for NDS. The firm hired hackers to anticipate and check security problems with its own encryption system. But there’s more. Reports from Great Britain and Australia document NDS using hackers to target rivals. Australia’s Financial Review just broke a well document story outlining the same pattern of hacking behavior by NDS in behalf of Murdoch cable operations there. The publication documented the story with 10,000 emails it received from, you guessed it, the computer of Ray Adams.

Of special note, Adams was a commander of criminal intelligence for the London Metropolitan Police before leaving to join the Murdoch controlled NDS in 1998. The Metropolitan Police was heavily involved in the phone hacking scandal after Adams left. They flubbed the initial investigations and the police were known to give Murdoch reporters special information on a pay for play basis.

This is very serious for Murdoch. The BBC charges seem well founded, so much so that the Financial Times has covered the story as though it were fact. If the charges are proven in a court of law, the consequences are staggering. News Corp will lose any interest remaining in BSKYB, a huge financial hit. The British government is reviewing the ”fitness” of News Corp. to own an interest in cable television as you read this. Illegal hacking to drive ITV out of business would make Murdoch’s News Corp. unfit. News Corp. would be liable for ITV’s losses, which would run in the billions of dollars. These are crimes and a number of people could end up in jail with heavy fines for corporate entities, Murdoch’s entities.

The 10,000 Adams emails are out there for public review. The emails as reported establish the Australian charges and supports those in Great Britain.

If you hear about Ray Adams turning and cooperating with the police, that’s the end of Murdoch and a heavy blow to News Corp. He’s not the entire case but he could make it happen in a hurry if he makes a deal.


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4 responses to “Ray Adams is the man in the latest Murdoch scandal

  1. And this will hopefully pave the way for hundreds of other ‘conscience-weary’ insiders from the tsunami of greed-driven crime from the now raped and bloody first decade of the new millenium. If News Corp falls, lots of other elitist trash may burn along with Murdoch and his vanishing bread of vipers and theives. Good ridance, it’s way passed time for the reckoning of these foul-minded gouls who stoop to the lowest, and then find even lower reaches to scrape profits from, at whatever cost. Karma rules!

    • I agree! Payback is a stark reality. Murdoch must be huddled in a corner crying ‘A horse, a horse…’ But there will be no relief for him or his legacy. This latest activity is a major league crime with real world outcomes. If ITV can prove it’s case on this, the damages will be exponential. Punish the lawless ones with the law. Couldn’t happen to a nicer guy!

  2. these comments sound idealistic
    murdoch is not that big a player
    just a tool of seriously bigger players
    who will remain unscathed
    who and how they profit by this mess is far more valuable information

    if nothing else rothschilds will consolidate power here
    and weatlh

    • One reason he’s in trouble, I suspect, is that he got a little too far off of the reservation, seemed uncontrollable to those you reference.. Those above Murdoch were not in unison on invading Iran. Murdoch was adamant. There were huge financial stakes, hence, it’s adios Rupert. While consolidating power is likely, the problem for those in charge is simple – a precedent is set, the people see that the seemingly invincible Murdoch can be brought down. It is an invitation to challenge authority. The Wizard doesn’t like it when people look behind the curtain.

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