- 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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Examples from the Web for phone hacking
When Rupert Murdoch flew into London as the phone-hacking allegations exploded in 2011, he was asked for his top priority.Rupert Murdoch’s Trouble Has Only Just Begun
Nico Hines, Peter Jukes
June 26, 2014
Since the phone-hacking scandal that shuttered the News of the World broke, there have been more than 100 related arrests.Murdoch Journalists Thrown Under the Bus in Phone-Hacking Scandal
February 15, 2013
Coulson faces perjury charges relating to a phone-hacking trial in Scotland.Rebekah Brooks and Andy Coulson Face Bribery Charges
November 20, 2012
Watson was one of the leading members of the select committee that began looking at the phone-hacking allegations in 2009.
Back in 2009, Crone told Parliament that the phone-hacking allegations concerned only one rogue reporter and a private detective.