Rumours abound that Wayne Rooney has been contacted by Scotland Yard. Rooney then publicly stated

“Scotland Yard detectives came to see me earlier and showed me some documents,” Rooney, 25, said in a message on social networking site Twitter. “Looks like a newspaper have hacked into my phone.” He didn’t identify the newspaper.

He joins the sea of celebrities, sports stars and politicians  who have allegedly had their mobile phones hacked by the News of the World.   Earlier this month, officers from Operation Weeting arrested the News of the World’s chief reporter and former assistant editor on suspicion of conspiring to intercept mobile phone messages; both have been released on police bail pending further enquiries.  Earlier this April, the paper’s parent company, News Corp, publicly apologised to eight victims of phone hacking including the former culture secretary Tessa Jowell and the actress Sienna Miller.
Thanks to Sienna Miller’s dogged tenacity that allegations against the News of the World are back in court and went under Judicial Review. The ruling by Justice Geoffrey Vos, who was appointed   to handle the 14 phone-hacking cases currently going through the courts, means the Metropolitan police will be forced to pass reams of documents seized from Glenn Mulcaire, the private investigator who worked for the News of the World, to lawyers acting for the politicians, celebrities and football figures who are suing the paper. Miss Miller was offered  £100,000 to settle out of court and not pursue the claim further.  Four people, including Miss Miller, have been told that their cases will take precedence in court proceedings; the other three are her stepmother, Kelly Hoppen, the football agent Sky Andrew and the football commentator Andy Gray.
Keeping telephone calls and private data private is a valid concern and is key to maintaining privacy.  High net worth individuals including sports stars, celebrities and chief executives as well as corporate clients need to be protected against blackmailers, organised crime, industrial espionage, malicious journalists and anyone who tries to intercept their private communications.
Those worried about mobile phone security can take basic precautions such as using a handset that only uses third-generation networks which  use much stronger encryption. This is what SecTech UK encourages our clients to undertake and we organise all their communication to be routed through a secure and encrypted VPN (virtual private network.) SecTech UK provides levels of security not available commercially until recently. This not only applies to mobile phones but also laptops, desk top computers, iPads and your iPhone or BlackBerry.
The Guardian estimates that up to 4 000 were potentially victims of News Corp’s alleged corporate wholesale phone-hacking and interception of private telecommunications.

Wayne Rooney is the latest addition to the list. Who’s next?

Watch this space.