Feeds

UK policeman arrested over phone tap claims

Watching the Detectives

  • alert
  • submit to reddit

Beginner's guide to SSL certificates

Six men - including a serving Metropolitan Police officer - have been arrested today concerning the alleged illegal interception of private phone calls carried out for clients of a central London detective agency.

The Met police's Anti-Corruption Command arrested the men this morning following a tip-off by BT earlier this year.

The serving police constable is aged 37 and is based within the borough of Hackney. Another man - an ex-Met police constable - is aged 30 and from Kettering in Northamptonshire.

A 57-year-old man from Highgate, a 33-year-old man from Battersea, a 29-year-old man from Sittingbourne in Kent and a 56-year-old man from Friern Barnet were also arrested.

They are all currently in custody at a North London police station where they will be interviewed. A number of residential and business addresses are currently being searched as part of the investigation into the alleged phone tapping. DCS Steve Gwilliam who runs the Anti-Corruption Command said: "Where serving police officers are suspected of being involved in any type of corruption, we will not hesitate to make arrests. Anyone who betrays the honesty and integrity of their police colleagues by committing crimes can expect for themselves and those who commit crimes with them to be dealt with firmly by the Metropolitan Police."

The Met also thanked BT for the company's help in the investigation so far.

A spokesman for the telco said: "BT alerted police in the interests of its customers and the integrity of its network following the discovery of a number of illegal intercepts." ®

Related stories

BT suspends techie over Angus Deayton phone tap claim
UK police arrest Cisco source code suspect
Suspected GPS stalker cuffed
Police cuff 'international computer piracy gang'

Protecting users from Firesheep and other Sidejacking attacks with SSL

More from The Register

next story
Spies would need SUPER POWERS to tap undersea cables
Why mess with armoured 10kV cables when land-based, and legal, snoop tools are easier?
Early result from Scots indyref vote? NAW, Jimmy - it's a SCAM
Anyone claiming to know before tomorrow is telling porkies
Jihadi terrorists DIDN'T encrypt their comms 'cos of Snowden leaks
Intel bods' analysis concludes 'no significant change' after whistle was blown
Israeli spies rebel over mass-snooping on innocent Palestinians
'Disciplinary treatment will be sharp and clear' vow spy-chiefs
Hackers pop Brazil newspaper to root home routers
Step One: try default passwords. Step Two: Repeat Step One until success
China hacked US Army transport orgs TWENTY TIMES in ONE YEAR
FBI et al knew of nine hacks - but didn't tell TRANSCOM
Microsoft to patch ASP.NET mess even if you don't
We know what's good for you, because we made the mess says Redmond
NORKS ban Wi-Fi and satellite internet at embassies
Crackdown on tardy diplomatic sysadmins providing accidental unfiltered internet access
prev story

Whitepapers

Providing a secure and efficient Helpdesk
A single remote control platform for user support is be key to providing an efficient helpdesk. Retain full control over the way in which screen and keystroke data is transmitted.
WIN a very cool portable ZX Spectrum
Win a one-off portable Spectrum built by legendary hardware hacker Ben Heck
Saudi Petroleum chooses Tegile storage solution
A storage solution that addresses company growth and performance for business-critical applications of caseware archive and search along with other key operational systems.
Protecting users from Firesheep and other Sidejacking attacks with SSL
Discussing the vulnerabilities inherent in Wi-Fi networks, and how using TLS/SSL for your entire site will assure security.
Security for virtualized datacentres
Legacy security solutions are inefficient due to the architectural differences between physical and virtual environments.