It's going to be interesting to see who was behind the alleged hacking and who used the information. Rupert Murdoch's News of the World has already denied links but their credibility is not very high. The alleged hacking occurred before Gordon Brown became Prime Minister, during his days as Chancellor of the Exchequer. Either way, this is a very serious charge. The question now is who was profiting from the hacking, which is not yet known or confirmed. The Independent:
Police investigating computer hacking by private investigators commissioned by national newspapers have uncovered evidence that emails sent and received by Gordon Brown during his time as Chancellor were illegally accessed. Mr Brown's private communications, along with emails belonging to a former Labour adviser and lobbyist, Derek Draper, have been identified by Scotland Yard's Operation Tuleta team as potentially hacked material. They are currently looking at evidence from around 20 computers which hold data revealing that hundreds of individuals may have had their private emails hacked. The links discovered from the seized computers suggest that the email investigation could involve as many victims as those involved in the News of the World phone-hacking scandal.