A criminal gang with links to the city has targeted more than 100 personalities, including the BBC’s Chris Mason


London becomes ‘world’s hacking hub’ in ‘hack-for-hire’ scandal: A criminal gang linked to the city ‘has targeted more than 100 personalities, including the BBC’s Chris Mason, former Chancellor Philip Hammond and head of football Michel Platini”

  • So-called ‘hack-for-hire’ network allegedly targeted Chris Mason in May
  • Philip Hammond reportedly targeted after Sergei Skripal poisoned in 2018
  • Allegations have been made by the Bureau of Investigative Journalism and the Sunday Times
  • David Davis said it showed London had become “the global center for piracy”

More than 100 personalities, including the BBC’s Chris Mason, former Chancellor Philip Hammond and football chief Michel Platini, have been targeted by a criminal gang with alleged links to the City of London, according to a bombshell report yesterday evening.

The so-called ‘hack-for-hire’ network allegedly hacked into the private email accounts of a range of British politicians, government officials, journalists and businesspeople, according to a joint investigation by the Bureau of Investigative Journalism and the Sunday Times. .

Mr Mason was reportedly targeted in May, just three weeks after he was announced as the Corporation’s political editor.

Meanwhile, Mr Hammond was allegedly targeted after Sergei Skripal and his daughter were poisoned with a Novichok nerve agent by Russian agents in Salisbury in 2018, the organizations have claimed.

Meanwhile, Mr Hammond was allegedly targeted after Sergei Skripal and his daughter were poisoned with a Novichok nerve agent by Russian agents in Salisbury in 2018, the organizations have claimed.

Mr Mason was reportedly targeted in May, just three weeks after he was announced as the Corporation’s political editor. Meanwhile, Mr Hammond was allegedly targeted after Sergei Skripal and his daughter were poisoned with a Novichok nerve agent by Russian agents in Salisbury in 2018, the organizations have claimed.

Former European football boss Michel Platini is said to have been hacked just before he is about to speak to French police about corruption allegations linked to the World Cup in Qatar

Former European football boss Michel Platini is said to have been hacked just before he is about to speak to French police about corruption allegations linked to the World Cup in Qatar

Former European football boss Michel Platini was reportedly hacked just before he went to French police over corruption allegations linked to the World Cup in Qatar.

Elsewhere, Swiss President Ignazio Cassis is said to have been hacked after meeting Boris Johnson and Liz Truss to discuss Russian sanctions.

And Ms Truss’s chief of staff, Mark Fullbrook, is believed to be another high-profile victim, while emails from Formula 1 motor racing bosses Ruth Buscombe and Otmar Szafnauer were also said to have been hacked.

Elsewhere, Swiss President Ignazio Cassis is said to have been hacked after meeting Boris Johnson and Liz Truss to discuss Russian sanctions

Elsewhere, Swiss President Ignazio Cassis is said to have been hacked after meeting Boris Johnson and Liz Truss to discuss Russian sanctions

And Ms Truss's chief of staff, Mark Fullbrook, is said to be another high-profile victim.

And Ms Truss’s chief of staff, Mark Fullbrook, is said to be another high-profile victim.

Former Conservative cabinet minister David Davis has dubbed London “the global center of piracy”.

He told The Sunday Times: ‘It paints a grim picture of a criminal hacking ring that threatens justice and privacy here in the UK and around the world.’

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