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Scottish Parliament: Prisons (Support for Vulnerable People) (15 Sep 2021)

Russell Findlay: Thanks to ITV News, we know that supposedly tamper-proof mobile phones have been hacked and have been used to deal drugs. Organised criminals are targeting vulnerable inmates for the use of their phones. We also know that many of the drugs that come into prison are impregnated in letters.

Scottish Parliament: Covid-19 (Safety of Prison Officers and Prisoners) (15 Sep 2021)

Tess White: It has emerged that hundreds of seemingly tamper-proof mobile phones that were given to prisoners during the pandemic have been hacked and are being used to facilitate drug deals. What immediate action is being taken to discipline the perpetrators and to prevent such criminal activity on the prison estate?

Northern Ireland Assembly: Private Members' Business: Defamation Bill: Second Stage (14 Sep 2021)

Peter Weir: ...motivation behind the 2013 Act. If I am being cynical, the Act came in at the time of the coalition Government when there was considerable pressure on the press, particularly because of the phone-hacking scandal, and there could have been high levels of additional regulation of the press. Perhaps there is a little bit of cynical belief that that was an attempt by the Government — a quid...

Elections Bill (7 Sep 2021)

Anthony Browne: ...a hidden crime. Reported cases are low, but we do not know the actual rate. The truth is that, without safeguards, bad practice drives out good practice, or it can do. Like MPs’ expenses or phone hacking by journalists, if people do bad things and others see them get away with it unpunished, those people will think they can also do it. I worked for the Prime Minister when he was Mayor of...

Written Answers — Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office: Electronic Surveillance: Mobile Phones (30 Jul 2021)

Lord Alton of Liverpool: To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the reported targeting of human rights activists, journalists and lawyers across the world by governments using hacking software sold by NSO Group; and what steps, if any, they plan to take to protect those affected by such targeting.

Summer Adjournment (22 Jul 2021)

Fiona Bruce: ...and long term instability… The village was attacked again last night, more homes burnt down and a third church set on fire. No government security forces to protect the village. Several people hacked to death and bodies burnt.” In response, I cannot improve on the well-chosen words of the Bishop of Truro: “So, what is happening in the Middle Belt?... I would argue strongly...

Spyware - Question (21 Jul 2021)

Lord Clement-Jones: My Lords, the leaked target list of 50,000 people includes UK politicians and journalists. Clearly, all our mobile devices are at risk of being hacked—a huge danger to press freedom and democracy. What is the NCSC doing to counter this, particularly since the whole Civil Service has now moved over to the iPhone? Why has the Home Office given the NSO Group a marketing platform at events such...

Cyber-attack: Microsoft (20 Jul 2021)

Iain Duncan Smith: ...firm when they know very well what they are up to? Why is it that the US Justice Department, also with this, brought federal criminal charges against four named MSS officers over their role in the hacking of the American targets, yet no such charges have been brought against operatives here? The integrated review said clearly that Russia was a threat to the UK, but China was merely a...

Written Answers — Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport: Cybercrime (20 Jul 2021)

Chi Onwurah: ...Media and Sport, if he will bring forward legislative proposals in the forthcoming Product Security and Telecommunications Infrastructure Bill to protect smart homes from the risk of scanning and hacking attempts.

Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office: Hong Kong: National Security Law (20 Jul 2021)

Lisa Nandy: While the Foreign Secretary continues to duck the question, the Chinese Government have raised the stakes. Yesterday, he admitted that China was responsible for the Microsoft Exchange hack, which saw businesses’ data stolen and hackers demanding millions of pounds in ransom. He said that the Chinese Government “can expect to be held to account”. He might want to have a word with the...

Business of the House (15 Jul 2021)

Jacob Rees-Mogg: ...on social media in a way that they would not behave if they were named, and it is fascinating how many people, when something embarrassing has gone up, insist that their social media account was hacked to try to pretend that it was not them. As soon as people get found out, they immediately try and get away from responsibility for it, so I think anonymity is a problem, but there are...

Environment Bill - Committee (6th Day): Amendment 205A (7 Jul 2021)

Baroness Bennett of Manor Castle: ...them before the break. However, I am not quite as convinced as the noble Lord about the ease of plant reintroduction. I think about tree planting on the edge of the moors outside Sheffield, hacking through thigh-high bracken and its accompanying roots. I have not yet been back to see how those new trees are, but we are talking about animals here and these amendments, particularly...

UK Government Union Capability - Motion to Take Note (1 Jul 2021)

Lord Bruce of Bennachie: ...Cabinet Minister for the union, supported by a Cabinet committee and a Permanent Secretary. Although the noble Lord did not say so, the Prime Minister appointing himself to that role does not hack it. Not only is he personally and politically unsuited but, more fundamentally, he as Prime Minister has far too many other responsibilities to deliver on it. However, the appointment of Sue Gray...

Security of Ministers’ Offices and Communications (28 Jun 2021)

Angela Rayner: ...emails as evidence for the public inquiry into the Government’s mishandling of the covid pandemic? Our country faces daily threats from hostile foreign states that have already, for example, hacked the private email account of the right hon. Member for North Somerset (Dr Fox). What advice have the Government taken on the security of Ministers’ private email accounts? What does it say...

Use of Patient Data (24 Jun 2021)

David Davis: Thank you, Mr Deputy Speaker. I take it you do not want me to start from the beginning again. That might test people’s patience a little. As I was saying, if the giants of data security can be hacked, what chance the NHS? Big databases and big systems are intrinsically vulnerable. In 2017, a ransomware attack brought parts of the NHS to its knees. Trusts were forced to turn away patients,...

Ethiopia (14 Jun 2021)

Stephen Doughty: ..., but the war and famine of the 1980s are seared into the memories of the British people and the world, so it is especially heartbreaking to see the current famine and to see civilians being hacked to death, rape, the destruction of food and health capacity, tens of thousands displaced and hundreds of thousands cut off from assistance. We must now speak forcefully and frankly, and most...

Criminal Trials: Intercept Evidence - Question (9 Jun 2021)

Lord Beith: My Lords, hundreds of arrests have been made because of the French police’s hacking of the EncroChat system used by criminal gangs, and more as a result of criminal use of the ANOM communication system, which was secretly controlled by the FBI. A recent Court of Appeal judgment means that much of this material could be used in evidence in UK courts. Does that not make the conclusion of the...

Delivery Charges in Highlands and Islands (8 Jun 2021)

Jamie Stone: ...the problem. What are we going to do to punish repeat offenders who do not comply with the standards laid out by the Advertising Standards Authority? In all truth, a strongly worded letter will not hack it. Businesses, whether big online retailers or local couriers, should be keen to be transparent with customers about delivery charges and, where possible, enforce a flat-rate fee that does...

Written Answers — Ministry of Defence: Disinformation and Hacking: Security (2 Jun 2021)

Gareth Davies: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what steps his Department is taking to upgrade British cyber security capabilities in response to misinformation and wide-scale hacking by malign state sponsored entities.

Public Service Broadcasting (Communications and Digital Committee Report) - Motion to Take Note (27 May 2021)

Lord Wallace of Saltaire: ...Bashir affair has shaken the BBC’s reputation and clearly requires lessons to be learned, but we should also recognise that it pales in comparison with the behaviour of News Corporation in phone hacking and corrupt payments over several years. That has not stopped News Corporation attacking the BBC. I am bored stiff with the stream of negative stories that the Times publishes to...


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