London - A November 2009 spoof news story that 'Maddie cellphone starts bleeping from China' may have triggered attempts to hack into her mobile, QM NewsCorpse sources learned tonight.
Madeleine McCann's May 2007 disappearance remains unsolved despite massive media publicity and fundraising campaigns to find her.
Late this evening the spotlight suddenly shifted back to the missing Rothley child amid a raft of reports speculating on Red Top hackers' bugging activities of another abducted girl, 13 year-old Milly Dowler.
The teenager's killer, Levi Bellfield, was sentenced to life last week in a blaze of pro-Dowler Family publicity detailing the horror of their courtroom experience.
Tonight came the shocking revelation that journos from the same Sunday paper had hacked into Milly's cell phone messaging system during the early days of her abduction.
The ensuing media fallout hit newsgathering sources like a deadly tsunami this evening following an uneasy calm amid earlier reports about another mobile hacking case.
This claimed that Colin Stagg, the Londoner falsely - and maliciously - targeted by a police honeytrap to out him as Rachel Nickell's murderer, had also had his cell phone messages intercepted by News of the Screws hacks.
"All that remains is for Barry George Bush, the man who didn't kill Jill Dando, to be named as yet another Red Top hacking target," a media lawyer said this evening.