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News Corp chief Rupert Murdoch arrives at his home in Westminster, London - AFP.
Britain's phone hacking scandal spiralled on Monday amid reports that former premier Gordon Brown and the royals were targeted, as the government dealt a blow to Rupert Murdoch's bid for pay-TV giant BSkyB.
In a story taking new twists and turns by the hour and shaking the entire establishment, Brown was told by police that he may have been targeted by The Sunday Times and The Sun, both stablemates of Murdoch's doomed News of the World tabloid.
"Gordon Brown has now been informed of the scale of intrusion into his family's life," a spokesman for the former leader said Monday.
"The family has been shocked by the level of criminality and the unethical means by which personal details have been obtained. The matter is in police hands," he added.
Police told Brown that private investigator Glenn Mulcaire, who was working for News International, hacked his phone and accessed his personal bank account when he was finance minister.
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