UK Boris Johnson mobile number out for public since 15 years raises mobile security concerns

Sometimes political leaders do something different to capture the attention of their voters and that’s what UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson seems to have done a few years ago. And those gestures are apparently haunting him now as per the claims made by a Britain’s Media resource Downing Street.

Going forward with the details, in the year 2006 posted the personal mobile number of Mr. Johnson for the public to contact him in connection with some political issues.

And that number has shown its presence online in the press release since then triggering a big mobile security scare among the public and the political administrators.

Labor Party claims that the free availability of the contact number of the Honorable Prime Minister not only triggers a security scare but also makes the chances of lobbying and risks of blackmail ripe.

At the time of the free publication of the phone number, Mr. Johnson was holding a post of a freelance higher education minister and the member of a parliament for Henley. Although he became a mayor of London almost 2 years later, his contact number remained the same, making him eligible for various cyber attacks vectors such as eavesdropping & phishing.

A few months ago, as the contact number was freely available, some hackers somehow infiltrated into the device and siphoned the conversation of Mr. Johnson with James Dyson, the owner of Dyson Vacuum Cleaners; where both were seen discussing issues over tax rules.

Although, Dyson later claimed to have made the conversation with Mr. Boris Johnson over ventilator sale for the National Health Service (NHS) at the peak of the pandemic, media reports claimed otherwise that became sensational when the Daily Telegraph published a report in April regarding Simon Case, the head of civil service.

After learning the fact that Mr. Johnson’s phone number was triggering many troubles, the 10 Downing Street advised some of the senior officials to urge the Prime Minister to change his number.

Peter Ricketts, the security advisor of National Security Service, took a note of the issue and stated that same number presence with Mr. Johnson can give rise to issues such as eavesdropping by hostile states that can transform into major issues some day.

Naveen Goud
Naveen Goud is a writer at Cybersecurity Insiders covering topics such as Mergers & Acquisitions, Startups, Cyber Attacks, Cloud Security and Mobile Security

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