GO
Loading...

UK firms face investigation over rogue detectives

Friday, 4 Oct 2013 | 8:58 AM ET
-Oxford- | E+ | Getty Images

Nineteen blue-chip British companies who hired corrupt private investigators will be investigated for criminal and civil offences, a U.K. watchdog said on Friday.

Several private individuals, law firms, financial organisations and insurance companies are reported to be among those on a secret list who will be investigated to see whether they hired the rogue detectives and allowed them to unlawfully obtain personal information on up to 125 victims.

(Read more: Rogue detectives' client list to be published on Monday)

The four corrupt private eyes involved in the investigations pleaded guilty to fraud in 2012 and were given prison sentences.

The five legal loopholes hackers are slipping through
CNBC's Scott Cohn reports that though hacking costs the U.S. at least $70 billion a year, many cybercrime laws have not been updated. Hacking America presents five legal loopholes that may give hackers a financial incentive.

Christopher Graham, who leads the Information Commissioner's Office, a data protection watchdog, will appear in front of a government committee next Tuesday to provide further details on the probe.

The inquiry comes amid a row between the committee and the U.K.'s Serious Organised Crime Agency as to whether the names of over 100 companies and individuals who hired the rogue detectives should be made public.

(Read more: Ex-Murdoch Editor Brooks Denies Hacking Charges)

The Home Affairs Committee is still debating whether to publish the names itself, after the police unit failed to meet a seven-day deadline to do so, saying it would be detrimental to ongoing investigations.




—By CNBC's Katy Barnato. Follow CNBC on Twitter: @CNBCWorld

  Price   Change %Change
CSGN
---

Featured

Contact Crime

  • CNBC NEWSLETTERS

    Get the best of CNBC in your inbox

    › Learn More

American Greed

  • "$UDDEN DEATH"/ "HIP HOP HUSTLE" - NCAA basketball coaches are among the victims who get financially slam dunked in a $39 million scam out of Houston. And a wannabe rap star claims he's working with a famous Hollywood star to collect money to produce a movie about his 'gangsta' life. But there is no movie only hip-hop star livin'.

  • With investigators eager to confirm that Joel Salinas is running a $39 million investment fraud, he runs out of options and sets off on a final escape.

  • The $1.5 million raised to produce a movie was a scam. Instead Eric Jagclicic spent investor money on fancy cars, exotic pets, and more.