Monday, 26 January 2015

Hoax call to David Cameron sparks security review at Downing Street

Hoax call to David Cameron sparks security review at Downing Street Security procedures at Downing Street are to be reviewed after a hoax caller got through to David Cameron.

The Prime Minister was contacted by someone claiming to be the director of GCHQ.

Mr Cameron ended the call when it became clear it was a hoax and no sensitive information was disclosed, Downing Street said.

Security procedures are being reviewed at both No 10 and GCHQ, where a mobile phone number for director Robert Hannigan was disclosed to the caller.


A Government spokeswoman said: ‘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.

‘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.’

The spokeswoman added: ‘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.’

The call to the Prime Minister was made to an official mobile but the conversation was understood to have been ‘quite brief’ before the hoax was discovered.
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