By Martin Beckford and Harriet Line For The Daily Mail
Published: 22:02 BST, 30 April 2021 | Updated: 11:40 BST, 1 May 2021
Hostile states and criminal gangs could have accessed Boris Johnson’s mobile number after it was left posted online for years, a former national security adviser warned yesterday.Insurance Loans Mortgage Attorney Credit Lawyer
Lord Ricketts said there was an ‘increased risk’ of eavesdropping if the Prime Minister’s contact details were ‘widely available’.
Mr Johnson’s number was contained at the end of a 2006 press release published by a think-tank when he was the Tories’ higher education spokesman.
Downing Street refused to say whether Mr Johnson would change his number in light of the disclosure, though calls to the number are ‘currently unavailable’
But the press release was only removed from the website yesterday morning.
Numbers for at least two senior members of the Government were also still available on the internet yesterday.
Justice Secretary Robert Buckland and Transport Secretary Grant Shapps had their numbers posted in newspaper stories, though Mr Shapps’s was removed last night.
Lord Ricketts said there was an ‘increased risk’ of eavesdropping if the Prime Minister’s contact details were ‘widely available’
A source close to Mr