Cops: Thousands of Hacking Victims

One hundred and seventy down, 3,700 to go. Scotland Yard said Tuesday that they’ve contacted fewer than 200 alleged victims of phone hacking by the News of the World, revealing the enormous scope of the investigation. Deputy Assistant Commissioner Sue Akers said there are 11,000 pages of evidence in the Scotland Yard’s possession, with 5,000 landline phones and 4,000 mobile phones. The inquiry, known as Operation Weeting, has been going on for six months and is staffed by 45 full-time detectives. Akers said they aim to contact all the victims, and she asked that media organizations that have any evidence of phone hacking to share that information with police. The investigation could take years to complete.