Hoaxer posing as GCHQ boss pranks British Prime Ministor by claiming to be GCHQ’s chief spy. The hoaxer was put through from the switchboard to UK Prime Minister David Cameron’s phone on Sunday.
The caller pretended to be Robert Hannigan, the director of the government’s signal intelligence agency. A few days ago.
A government spokeswoman said.
“In the first instance, a call was made to GCHQ which resulted in the disclosure of a mobile phone number for the director. 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 said both GCHQ and Downing Street were reviewing procedures, adding that government would learn lessons from the incident and all government departments are now on alert for similar calls.
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