Liz Truss' personal phone was hacked by Kremlin agents

30 October 2022, 05:22 PM
Liz Truss’ (Photo:REUTERS/Henry Nicholls)

Liz Truss’ (Photo:REUTERS/Henry Nicholls)

Former UK Prime Minister Liz Truss’ personal phone was hacked by Kremlin agents while she served as the Head of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, UK tabloid The Mail on Sunday revealed on Oct. 30.

According to The Mail, experts are afraid that top-secret negotiations with senior international foreign ministers and other key partners, as well as private messages, may have been leaked. These messages may include highly sensitive discussions about the war in Ukraine, including details on weapons supply.

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Liz Truss was forced to change the mobile number she had used for over a decade shortly before becoming Prime Minister, The Mail wrote, and up to a year’s worth of messages could have been stolen.

It noted the hack was discovered in the summer, when Truss still was Foreign Secretary and Boris Johnson was Prime Minister. Supposedly, Boris Johnson and the Cabinet Secretary, Simon Case, suppressed details of the hack at the time.

Opposition parties have urged the British government to launch an urgent investigation, UK newspaper The Guardian reported.

“It is essential that all of these security issues are investigated and addressed at the very highest level and we need to know that the government recognizes the gravity of this and the importance of fully protecting our national security,” Shadow Home Secretary Yvette Cooper said.

“There are also serious security questions around why and how this information has been leaked or released right now, which must also be urgently investigated.”

Spokesperson for foreign affairs for the Liberal Democrat party, Layla Moran echoed calls for an urgent investigation.

A government spokesperson told journalists the government has robust systems to protect itself against cyber threats, including regular security briefings for ministers, and advice on protecting their personal data and mitigating cyber threats.

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