A hoax caller claiming to be GCHQ’s director Robert Hannigan managed to get through to David Cameron’s personal mobile phone yesterday.
Downing Street say the call was ‘brief’ and ended suddenly when Mr Cameron realised it was a hoax.
After the hoax calls, the unknown man then called The Sun and claimed he was high on cocaine.
He said to the newspaper:
I am off my face on booze and cocaine. I had some spliffs too.
What’s really funny is that GCHQ believed the word of someone so mashed they can hardly string a sentence together.Advertisement
Earlier that day he had managed to get Robert Hannigan’s phone number from the intelligence agency’s line, before retrieving the Prime Minister’s digits and calling him.
A government spokeswoman said the following:
Following two hoax calls to government departments today, a notice has gone out to all departments to be on the alert for such calls. In the first instance, a call was made to GCHQ which resulted in the disclosure of a mobile phone number for the director.Advertisement
The mobile number provided is never used for calls involving classified information. In the second instance, a hoax caller claiming to be the GCHQ director was connected to the prime minister. The prime minister ended the call when it became clear it was a hoax. In neither instance was sensitive information disclosed.
Both GCHQ and Number 10 take security seriously and both are currently reviewing procedures following these hoax calls to ensure that the government learns any lessons from this incident.
[via Buzzfeed News]