Government urged to investigate report of Liz Truss phone hack | cyber crime
The government was urged to conduct an urgent investigation after reports emerged that Liz Truss’ phone had been hacked.
The breach was discovered when Truss, then the foreign secretary, was running for the Conservative Party leadership in the summer, but the details were put down by then-Prime Minister Boris Johnson and Cabinet Secretary Simon Case, the Mail reported on Sunday.
The newspaper, citing unnamed sources, said spies suspected of working for Russian President Vladimir Putin had gained access to sensitive information, including discussions about the Ukraine war with foreign officials.
It also alleged that private conversations between Truss and Kwasi Quarting critical of Johnson fell into the hands of hackers, leaving them at risk of extortion.
Opposition parties are calling for an investigation into the alleged attack, which will raise questions about cyber security in the UK, as well as Johnson and Case’s ruling.
Labour’s shadow home secretary, Yvette Cooper, said: “There are critical national security issues raised by an attack like this by a hostile country that our intelligence and security agencies would have taken very seriously.
There are also serious security questions about why and how this information was leaked or released at this time that also need to be investigated urgently.
“It is imperative that all of these security issues are investigated and addressed at the highest level and we need to know that the government understands the seriousness of this matter and the importance of fully protecting our national security.”
Liberal Democrat Foreign Affairs spokeswoman Leila Moran said: “We need an urgent independent investigation to uncover the truth. Was Russia hacking Liz Truss’ phone, was there a news blackout, and if so why?”
“If it turns out that this information was withheld from the public to protect Liz Truss’ attempt to drive, that would be unforgivable.”
A government spokesman said: “We do not comment on security arrangements for individuals.
“The government has robust systems in place to protect against cyberthreats. This includes regular security briefings for ministers, and guidance on protecting their personal data and mitigating cyberthreats.”
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