The UK government is facing calls to investigate after an unconfirmed news report claimed former UK Prime Minister Liz Truss’ phone was hacked while she was Foreign Secretary.
The British Mail on Sunday newspaper reported that private messages between Truss and international foreign ministers, including messages about the war in Ukraine, as well as messages with former finance minister Kwasi Kwarteng fell “between foreign hands”.
The newspaper claimed the hack was uncovered during the Conservative Party leadership campaign over the summer, which eventually saw Truss appointed prime minister.
The newspaper also claimed that “agents suspected of working for the Kremlin” were behind the hack, citing unnamed sources.
CNN cannot independently verify the Mail on Sunday’s claims whether it was a hack or who it might have been.
CNN has contacted the Russian Foreign Ministry for comment.
A UK government spokesperson told CNN the government “does not comment on security arrangements for individuals”, but added that it had “robust systems in place to protect against cyber threats”.
The chairman of the government’s select defense committee, Conservative MP Tobias Ellwood, told Sky News on Sunday that Russia is “getting better and better in the face of these cyberattacks and hacks”.
“We are taking the strictest measures to ensure that this does not happen,” he said, adding that “this is something the Intelligence and Security Committee needs to investigate further.”
UK opposition parties have demanded an investigation into the reported allegations.
Labor Party Home Secretary Yvette Cooper said in a statement that the report raises “extremely significant national security concerns…which will have been taken very seriously by our intelligence and intelligence agencies.” security”.
Liberal Democrat foreign affairs spokeswoman Layla Moran also called for an “urgent independent investigation to uncover the truth” in a tweet on Saturday.