phone hacking


  1. an act or instance of gaining access to a phone's voicemail, email, text messages, etc., without authorization from the phone's owner.

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Other Words From

  • phone hacker noun

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Word History and Origins

Origin of phone hacking1

First recorded in 1980–85

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Example Sentences

These companies include Israel’s Cellebrite, which develops phone hacking and forensics tools, and which sells around the world to countries including the US, Russia, and China.

Once Rebekah Brooks had been cleared of phone hacking charges, Watson suggested that she could help lead the charge.

When Rupert Murdoch flew into London as the phone-hacking allegations exploded in 2011, he was asked for his top priority.

The phone hacking scandal first came to light as a result of royal phone hacking.

The jury at the phone hacking trial in London hears that Princess Diana sought allies to ‘take on’ Prince Charles in the media.

Meanwhile, the jury also heard a tap recording that Clive Goodman made after he was arrested for phone hacking in 2006.


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