LONDON – National security concerns have been raised after reports surfaced in the media that British Prime Minister Boris John Onson’s personal cell phone number had been publicly available online for the past 15 years.
The contact number mentioned in the 2006 news release “seems to be the Prime Minister’s number,” the BBC reported on Friday, citing the Prime Minister.
A spokesman for the Washington Onson Downing Street office told The Washington Post: “That is not what we are commenting on.”
Even before the revelation, John Onson was criticized for “being texted by the government” – how easily he was allowed to be reached by lobbyists or business leaders. In recent days, he was being investigated with billionaire James Ames Dyson for a textbook that became famous for vacuum cleaners, which referred to the special facilities of workers to make air conditioners.
Outgoing e-mails are at the center of a separate dispute over the financing of a luxury renovation of the Prime Minister’s apartment at 11 Downing Street.
Security experts on Friday said that if John Onson’s personal number were even more easily accessible than previously thought, he could be at greater risk.
“If his cell phone number was so accessible, you can not rule out the possibility that people who do not really want to have his number, such as hostile states or criminal gangs with complex cyber capabilities, may have it.” Former British National Security Adviser Peter Ricketts told the BBC.
“I know modern systems like WhatsApp are completely encrypted. “However, I think it would be worrying if a hostile state with difficult capabilities had a cell phone number,” he added.
British politicians are given official working telephones, but they are also allowed to keep their personal telephones. And although government ministers have to announce face-to-face meetings with outside groups, they do not have to declare phone calls, text messages or emails.
Transparency groups note that the discrepancy has become obsolete and has become a problem, especially given the prevalence of WhatsApp հարթ other messaging platforms in British politics.
Tim Durrant, deputy director of the Government Institute’s Independent Research Center, said conversations that usually take place in Westminster “tea rooms” during the epidemic now take place via WhatsApp և Signal. “Although some of them are ‘informal conversations’, messaging platforms can be ‘used for lobbying’ and decision-making,” he said.
“If we are talking about state business, it should be recognized,” he said.
The availability of John Onson’s issue was first reported by the British gossip site under the headline “Hoping Boris will not be picked up”.
The website wrote: “It’s not that the Prime Minister ‘s personal phone number could just appear on the Internet, right? “It would be quite insane to put it in the old press release that he was compiling freely while he was a member of parliament for Henley and the shadow minister for higher education.”
The episode was somewhat reminiscent of a case where Dutch hackers hacked into President Donald Trump’s Twitter account by guessing the password: maga2020!
Some on social media say they are amazed at how easy Google Johnson’s number is. «Blimey. “It literally took me 20 seconds to find it,” wrote one Twitter user.
Rachel Hopkins, a Labor lawmaker who voiced concern over John Onson’s accession to the House of Representatives earlier in the week, tweeted that using Onson’s personal phone “has obvious security-lobbying implications, but also the risk of blackmail.”
In 2006, Son Onson was a Member of Parliament for the Conservative Party as a Higher Education Center. He continued as mayor of London for two terms before returning to Westminster.
When a Washington Post reporter called the number on Friday morning, it looked like it was off.