Rep. Bono Mack wants to protect U.S. consumers from phone hacking

With all of the attention around Rupert Murdoch's News Corp. (Nasdaq: NWSA) phone hacking scandal in the UK, it's not surprising that Rep. Mary Bono Mack (R-Calif.) wants to ensure that the same thing won't happen here in the U.S.

Bono has asked both major traditional service providers including AT&T (NYSE: T), Sprint (NYSE: S), Verizon Wireless (NYSE: VZ) and third party application providers like Apple (Nasdaq: AAPL) and Google (Nasdaq: GOOG) what tools they have in place to prevent phone hacking.

A group of journalists from News Corp.'s now-defunct News of the World tabloid admitted they hired private investigators to intercept phone messages of both celebrities and everyday UK residents.

While there haven't been any reports of similar attacks in the U.S., Bono Mack's spokesman Ken Johnson said in a Washington Post article that she would like to find out if U.S. consumers could face similar attacks. "This is to try and get a handle on the situation and get assurances that this is a uniquely UK problem," he said.

Separately, Bono Mack reached out to News Corp. to see if the recent incident affected any U.S. citizens.

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