Famous bugging cases throughout history


The high drama around the All Blacks leading up to their Test with Australia in the weekend wasn't about the match.

It was all about bugging, after staffers found a listening device in their hotel room.

Clearly it didn't work, or maybe nobody was listening - the Wallabies got a pantsing.

So just how common is this?

Our Prime Minister says he's been targeted.

The All Blacks were previously spied on in London in 2013 when a journalist snuck into their hotel room and revealed some crucial information from a whiteboard.

None of it's helped though - bugging or not, the All Blacks' dominance goes on.

One of the most famous bugging cases in history was at the height of the Cold War, when listening devices were found at the US embassy in Moscow, buried in the concrete.

There was also the Watergate scandal in the 1970s, when United States President Richard Nixon was forced to resign after it was discovered his administration had installed bugs at the Democratic National Committee's headquarters.