- 30 April، 2021
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The British government has been trying to downplay the national security risk exposures after it was reported that Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s cellphone number was openly available on the internet for the last 15 years.
In total contrast with the assessments of many security experts, the government continued to deny there was a security lapse. Home Office minister Victoria Atkins insisted that the prime minister “knows his responsibilities when it comes to national security.” and she criticized media for revealing the fact that the number was in the public domain.
“If the number was widely available, it could be used for eavesdropping by hostile nations and possibly other non-state actors as well, like sophisticated criminal gangs.”
Lord Peter Ricketts, former National Security Adviser to PM David Cameron.
A senior National Cyber-Survivability Expert at the MLi Group, the parent company of Survivability News, went further by saying: “It is an inescapable reality that the British Government’s secrets and its national security may have been seriously and continuously compromised over the years”.
But the government spin kept coming.
Treasury chief Rishi Sunak said that “as far as I’m aware, all security protocols have been followed.” Sunak also added, “Part of what makes the prime minister special is that he is an incredibly approachable individual.”
“The UK national security risk became serious when Boris Johnson became Foreign Minister in Theresa May’s government in 2016, but this risk increased significantly when he then became Prime Minister, and continued using this exposed mobile number.”
Khaled Fattal, MLi Group Executive Chairman & Creator of the Cyber-Survivability National & Corporate Strategies and Models.
Flawed UK National Security Strategy
A senior MLi Group Geo-Political expert said, “Extremist and special interest groups, domestic and foreign, as well as foreign nations and their security agencies may have already tried and succeeded in exploiting this ‘vulnerability’ for 15 years. But this escalated into a serious national security risk since Boris rose to prominence when he became Foreign Secretary in 2016, and then PM in 2019 because this ‘risk exposure’ was never corrected.”
Governments all over the world continue to follow flawed national cyber security policies and protocol that permit senior officials unhindered use of their private mobile numbers and phones after getting into office. Mandatory Protocols developed by MLi Group which form part of its National Cyber-Survivability Strategies would require officials to hand over their numbers and devices.
The MLi Group expert added, “this is not the time for political correctness when dealing with such failings and highly sophisticated threat actors. What do you think the Russian or Chinese security agencies or groups would do if they were aware of the availability of this private mobile number of PM Johnson? What about the ISIS Cyber Caliphate or its lone wolves? I cringe to think what and how they may have already compromised that number and the information they may have learnt over the years to the detriment of the British people.”
A Missing Critical Protocol
While Boris has a lot to answer for, a huge responsibility lies in a major flaw that exists in the the UK’s National Cyber Security Strategy, Protocols, and their implementations.
A critical protocol is missing which would require top government officials to hand over their private number(s) and phone(s) to the appropriate National Security Agency for custodianship. This 1st step would be so that they are replaced with new but secure number(s) and phone(s).
Such protocol is a mandatory process in any MLi Group National Cyber-Survivability Strategy with a Legislative Road Map being adopted, implemented, and monitored
“Handing over a private number and phone to be replaced by a new ones would have been a ‘mandatory protocol’ had the UK adopted and been implementing an MLi Group Cyber-Survivability Strategy with a Legislative Road Map.”
MLi Group National Cyber-Survivability & Legislative Expert.
Worth noting, Downing Street did not deny reports earlier this month that Cabinet Secretary Simon Case advised Mr Johnson to change his long-held phone number because of concerns over how many people had his direct contact details.
Lessons Seldom Learnt
This event should serve as a wake up call to many government leaders around the world, especially those in emerging economies. Many of them continue following western national and corporate cyber security, resiliency and continuity strategies, such as the UK one,. It is often touted as “gospel” and sold as “best of class” but which continues to fail to defend the nation state and protect its citizens on unpreceded and embarrassing scales. But it gets worse.
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