David Cameron has described receiving a call from a hoaxer amid an investigation into how Downing Street security was breached.
The UK Prime Minister said he was out walking with his family yesterday when the call came through on his BlackBerry, just hours after a similar trick was played on GCHQ chief Robert Hannigan.
However, Mr Cameron said he quickly hung up after the man on the end of the line admitted: “It’s a hoax.”
“These things do happen from time to time. It’s right when they do we properly look at security,” Mr Cameron said after delivering a speech in Hampshire.
“What happened on this occasion – and it’s the only occasion it’s happened in this way to me – having had a day trip to Saudi Arabia, I was taking my family for a nice walk, I had Florence on my back to add to the exercise regime.
“My BlackBerry went in my pocket, it happened to be a conference call, a voice came through I didn’t recognise. This voice said he was sorry to wake me up, which I felt was strange as it was 11am. I rapidly asked ’Who is it?’ and the voice said ’It’s a hoax call’, so I pushed the red button on the BlackBerry.
“No harm was done, no national security was breached. It’s right we put into place systems to weed out hoax calls.”