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Latest political news: Boris Johnson ‘threatened by hostile states’ after phone number left online
Boris Johnson questions the “ nonsense ” of renovating an apartment SNP would “ totally ” agree to join the euro as the price of EU membership Social distancing does not not needed during large events, PM says Coronavirus Latest News: Over 20 million people live in areas of UK without Covid deaths Subscribe to Telegraph for month-long free trial Boris Johnson may have been exposed to hostile actors, criminal gangs and lobbyists, an intelligence expert warned, after it emerged that the prime minister’s cell phone number was available for free online. Last night, the Popbitch gossip blog revealed that Mr Johnson’s issue appeared at the bottom of a press release from his time as junior shadow minister in 2006. The Telegraph’s attempts to the call were greeted with an automated message stating that the phone was “off”, along with an invitation to “Please try again later or send a text”. Lord Ricketts, national security adviser under David Cameron and former chairman of the Joint Intelligence Committee, told the Today program: “If that same cell phone number has been used for 15 or 20 years, hundreds, if not thousands of people need to have access to it and that gives them privileged access to it. “This could pose security risks, he noted, given that hostile actors and criminal gangs with” sophisticated cyber capabilities “can be among those with the details. It also meant that it could be compromised by individuals seeking favors and policy changes. It was “the equivalent of being able to walk into your office while you are prime minister,” he added. Follow the latest updates below.