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Liz Truss May Have a New Problem: Did Russia Hack Her Phone?

Liz Truss
06/09/2022. London, United Kingdom. Prime Minister Liz Truss Arrives in Downing Street. 10 Downing Street. Newly elected Prime Minister, Liz Truss arrives at No.10 Downing Street after an audience with Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II in Balmoral, Scotland. Picture by Simon Dawson / No 10 Downing Street

A report by the United Kingdom’s Daily Mail On Sunday newspaper claimed that former Foreign Secretary and Prime Minister Liz Truss’ private cell phone was hacked by foreign agents “suspected of working for the Kremlin” and that the hack was discovered during the Conservative Party leadership campaign that took place through the summer. 

According to the newspaper, foreign agents were able to intercept messages sent by the soon-to-be prime minister about the war in Ukraine. Private messages between her and former Chancellor Kwasi Kwarteng were also allegedly intercepted. 

While the British government has not officially confirmed the hack, the chair of the British government’s Defense Select Committee Tobias Ellwood told British media on Sunday that Russia is “getting better and better” at hacking and cyber-attacks.

“We take the most stringent measures to make sure it doesn’t happen,” Ellwood told Sky News, adding that an investigation by the intelligence and security committee is being prepared. 

It should be noted 19FortyFive cannot verify the claims in the Daily Mail at present.

“It’s Done”

Among the most serious claims following the reported hack came from Kim Dotcom (which we also cannot confirm), the German-Finnish entrepreneur and activist who founded Megaupload, an online file hosting service that was shut down by the U.S. government following accusations of criminal copyright infringements, wire fraud, and money laundering. 

In a tweet published on Sunday, Dotcom claimed that the Russians know the British government had a hand in the Nord Stream explosions because of a message sent by Truss from her personal iPhone to U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken.

“How do the Russians know that the UK blew up the North Stream pipelines in partnership with the US? Because @trussliz used her iPhone to send a message to @SecBlinken saying ‘It’s done’ a minute after the pipeline blew up and before anybody else knew?” Dotcom wrote, adding, “iCloud access rocks!”

iCloud is an online service used by iPhone and Apple Mac users that allows messages, files, photographs, and contacts to be saved online and accessed by authorized computers and devices.

Dotcom added that China and Russia have “sophisticated cyber units” that allow them to gain backdoor access to Big Tech databases, suggesting that users’ data may not be as secure as they think.

“The funny thing is Govt officials with top security clearance still prefer using iPhones over their NSA & GCHQ issued encrypted sh*t-phones,” Dotcom added.

The British government has not confirmed Dotcom’s claims, nor has Russia explicitly stated that the text message exists or was intercepted by hackers.

19FortyFive cannot independently verify Dotcom’s claims.

Jack Buckby is a British author, counter-extremism researcher, and journalist based in New York. Reporting on the U.K., Europe, and the U.S., he works to analyze and understand left-wing and right-wing radicalization, and reports on Western governments’ approaches to the pressing issues of today. His books and research papers explore these themes and propose pragmatic solutions to our increasingly polarized society.

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Jack Buckby is 19FortyFive's Breaking News Editor. He is a British author, counter-extremism researcher, and journalist based in New York. Reporting on the U.K., Europe, and the U.S., he works to analyze and understand left-wing and right-wing radicalization, and reports on Western governments’ approaches to the pressing issues of today. His books and research papers explore these themes and propose pragmatic solutions to our increasingly polarized society.

16 Comments

16 Comments

  1. Big Crow

    October 31, 2022 at 9:55 am

    “They had the best selection, they were poisoned with protection, there was nothing that they needed, nothing left to find” and yet still they screwed up. Neil Young, Thrasher.

  2. Htos1av

    October 31, 2022 at 9:58 am

    That’s nothing, watched the real time ops with the monkey…

  3. BKMart

    October 31, 2022 at 10:24 am

    The west has become what millions fought and died against in WW II. My my how the worm doth turn…

  4. OIF Combat Vet

    October 31, 2022 at 10:46 am

    Well there you have it…England doing the Biden regime’s biding isn’t really all that imaginable. The elite that have created this problem in Ukraine aren’t going to freeze this winter. I hope one day there will be Nuremberg like trials for the elite.

  5. NJLamer

    October 31, 2022 at 11:14 am

    China and Russia have an easy Intelligence Gathering Technique. i cloud and Google. They share all sensitive information with anybody who wants it.. As long as you pay. And thanks to the Democrat Socialist Party running America at the moment, They’ve been give free access….

  6. Joe

    October 31, 2022 at 11:21 am

    How can some nations, be so stupid and reckless Nuclear armagddon could be on the horizen. U tell your enemy,we blew up the pipe line.brilliant

  7. Morton

    October 31, 2022 at 11:45 am

    Current leaders are daft and unimaginative in their communications. I recall with great nostalgia earlier messaging such as “The Eagle Has Landed.”

  8. S

    October 31, 2022 at 1:20 pm

    Blowing up the pipeline is an act of war.

    • ROB

      October 31, 2022 at 4:21 pm

      russia owns it they can blow it up if they want to.

      • Bob

        November 1, 2022 at 1:39 pm

        “Russia uses gas as a weapon! Stop it!”

        “Russia blew up its own weapons”.

        brilliant

  9. ROB

    October 31, 2022 at 2:39 pm

    if the russkies controlled her phone you can’t trust the claims. it’s done, why make that call when in minutes it would be known to all because of reports?

  10. chris

    October 31, 2022 at 5:38 pm

    I don’t believe access to iCloud will give someone text messages unless you added iCloud to a new device, and even then the person would have to have iMessages synced to iCloud, which is not the default. Anything is possible though.

    • Carl

      November 1, 2022 at 5:53 pm

      All pictures show her using an Android phone. This is bogus.

  11. Selen

    November 1, 2022 at 12:13 pm

    Oh, I’m not surprised at anything anymore, after the Russian pranksters Vovan and Lexus got through by video link and had conversations with the British Defense Minister – Ben Wallace, with the Interior Minister – Priti Patel, as well as many other world “elites”.
    They all told a lot of interesting things on camera. If you haven’t seen it, Google it, have fun.

  12. ossi

    November 1, 2022 at 6:49 pm

    Israeli firm NSO has probably sold Pegasus to the Russians and this may have been used to hack into Truss’s phone.
    More background from this interesting podcast https://darknetdiaries.com/episode/100/

  13. Coalclinker

    November 28, 2022 at 4:46 pm

    This is old news. If anyone read press anywhere except that of the America Presstitutes, the notion that the twit Ms.Truss got hacked was everywhere.

    Lol, this is not unlike when Victoria Nulan got hacked and her phone call recorded,then released, back in 2014 where she talked about America’s sponsored Maidan coup.

    If you can still find Nulan’s call, listen to it. You may then understand how the U.S.A. set into motion a whole host of problems that could even lead to a global thermonuclear war in the not too distant future.

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