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Thursday, April 12, 2012
Conversations between staff on the anti-terrorist phone hotline at Scotland Yard were recorded, in incidents under investigation by the Metropolitan Police.
Hoax calls were made to the hotline which were also recorded, a spokesman said.
The hacking came to light after a video was uploaded to YouTube of a ‘prank’ call to the M16 secret service.
It was posted by a ‘hacktivist’ group called TeaMp0isoN. The leader of the group, who uses the moniker Trick said it was “easy” to do.
“The conversation was tapped into via a private phreaking method, their phone system is old and we found a way to get in via basic but private phreaking techniquel,” he told Press Association via email.
A probe into the incidents is being carried out by the Police Central e-crime unit.
The phone-line remains open and people with suspicions were urged today to not be discouraged from using it.
“Public reporting is an important part of the fight against terrorism and any attempt to disrupt this service will be investigated thoroughly,” said a Metropolitan Police spokesman.