WASHINGTON — A phone hacking scandal like the one rocking Britain could happen in the United States, but it would be "quickly exposed," a top US Senator said Wednesday.

"I don't think anyone should believe that these things can't happen here," said Senate Intelligence Committee Chair Dianne Feinstein, a Democrat.

"I think we can't lull ourselves into a form of security that it can't happen (but) I do think they would be quickly exposed here, and I think the Congress would jump all over it," she told AFP.

Her comments came as US media offered unusually detailed coverage of the scandal rocking Britain, with embattled media mogul Rupert Murdoch and his son James splashed on the pages of major newspapers' front pages.

US press fever was likely to heighten with reports that Murdoch -- a media mogul who made his name by operating tabloids with sensational headlines and saucy pictures -- was heading to the United States.

The Australian-born US citizen arrived in Britain on July 10 to deal with the crisis over phone hacking at the News of the World tabloid, several days after he dramatically closed the 168-year-old, scandal-hit title.

Since then the row has spread to all parts of the British establishment, sparking the resignation of two senior police officers and threatening the reputation of Prime Minister David Cameron.