Yard denies hotline hacking accusation

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SCOTLAND Yard has insisted its anti-terrorist hotline is secure after claims it was hacked and recordings were posted online.

The hacking group known as Team Poison posted recordings on YouTube which appeared to show them speaking to the hotline, as well as officers discussing operations.

But the Met Police said last night its investigations had shown the recordings were likely to have been made from the receiving handset and had not come from an attack on internal systems.

The leader of the anarchist group boasted it was “easy” to drop “a 24-hour phone bomb” on elite security officers.

Scotland Yard is understood to have been hit with more than 700 calls before an American-sounding caller, using the name Trick, told them they were being “pranked”.

Detectives said “appropriate action would be taken” as a number of recordings were posted on YouTube by Team Poison.

In one of the clips, a man identifying himself as Trick is heard telling an officer: “Knowledge is power... We embarrass governments and f*** the police.”

“Trick” is later heard laughing when a woman comes on to the line to tell him that the phone call was being passed on to the FBI.

In another recording officers appear to be discussing counter-terror operations while Team Poison listens in.

The group has been linked to alleged hacking attempts on Facebook and a personal email account linked to a former staff member of former Prime Minister Tony Blair.

Officers have yet to make an arrest, but Ailsa Beaton, director of information at Scotland Yard, said she was satisfied there was no attack on internal systems, adding: We have researched the allegation that the anti-terrorist hotline had been ‘hacked’ and activists’ claims that they were able to listen unrestricted to confidential communications. We are confident the MPS communication systems have not been breached and remain, as they always have been, secure.

“We are satisfied that any recording would have been made via the receiving handset only and not from an attack on internal systems. The public can remain confident in the ability to communicate in confidence and that the integrity of the anti-terrorist hotline remains in place.”