London police are investigating an alleged email-hacking case involving former British Prime Minister Gordon Brown’s by British newspapers while he served as chancellor under Tony Blair, according to an Independent report.
The news comes on the heels of other investigations involving illegal activity by newspapers held throughout 2011, including computer and phone hacking, as well as police bribery.
Police are looking into the possibility that private emails sent and received by Brown were illegally obtained by private investigators that were hired by newspapers, but no additional information about the case has yet surfaced.
Data from about 20 computers are being investigated in the email hacking case and could reveal emails from hundreds of people had been illegally obtained, including Brown, the report said. There could be as many computer-hacked victims as those involved in the infamous phone-hacking case exposed in summer 2011.
The phone-hacking scandal surrounded the now-defunct British tabloid News of the World, which shut down in July 2011 amid a series of phone-hacking scandals involving high-profile celebrities, including members of the Royal Family.
However, the Independent did not name News of the World to behind the email hackings.