Jude Law (photo: Indian Nomad)

An alleged 2003 News of the World phone hack of actor Jude Law and his personal assistant Ben Jackson while the duo were in New York is the first specific case of Rupert Murdoch’s law-breaking reporters operating in America.

Because the mobile phones were operating on American networks, United States law applies. Hacking into phones is a violation of Federal law and could also involve civil suits. Both Jude Law and Ben Jackson have retained counsel.

The FBI has already announced it is opening a preliminary investigation into claims that allegations that the scandal-ridden scandal mongers tried to hack into the phones of victims of the September 11 attacks.

The Telegraph reports a source close to the actor and Jackson said:

The allegation that they may have been hacked while on private visit in the United States is of great concern to them both.

It should also be of great concern to politicians, citizens, and to Fox News whose media commentators admitted last week that they wouldn’t touch the News Corp hacking debacle

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Lisa Derrick

Lisa Derrick

Los Angeles native, attended UC Berkeley and Loyola Marymount University before punk rock and logophilia overtook her life. Worked as nightclub columnist, pop culture journalist and was a Hollywood housewife before writing for and editing Sacred History Magazine. Then she discovered the thrill of politics. She also appears frequently on the Dave Fanning Show, one of Ireland's most popular radio broadcasts.