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3:20pm UK, Thursday April 12, 2012
A conversation on a confidential anti-terrorism hotline at the Metropolitan Police has been illegally recorded and leaked on the internet, police have said.
A Scotland Yard spokesman said: “We are aware of an issue whereby telephone conversations relating to the anti-terror hotline have been recorded.
“Officers are currently looking into the matter and appropriate action will be taken.”
In the recording of the conversation posted on Youtube, two people are heard discussing an earlier alleged attack in which a group calling themselves TeamPoison apparently jammed the hotline by bombarding it with calls from computers.
If we wanted to go ahead and listen to their calls it would be easy for us. we could pretty much do it at any time and any place.
The group told Sky News that they used Skype and a number of proxy servers during the attack.
They claimed they listened into calls on the confidential hotline at any time and described the Met’s security as an “illusion”.
“It took no skill whatsoever, it was pretty much an in-and-out job, it was pretty much simple. They use an old phone system,” a purported member of the group said.
“If we wanted to go ahead and listen to their calls it would be easy for us. we could pretty much do it at any time and any place.”
Sky’s security editor Sam Kiley said the incident would “indicate a pretty catastrophic failure inside what should be the most secure environment in the country”.
“This is the headquarters of the counter-terrorism police in the Metropolitan Police, responsible for counter-terrorism operations right across the country effectively.”