MPS Engages Hackers for Garnering e-Mail Passwords of Environmentalists
A letter without a signatory that was sent to Jenny Jones, peer of Green Party said that a secretive division of MPS (Metropolitan Police Service) engaged computer attackers for hacking into the electronic mail passwords belonging to journalists and activists concerned about environmental balance.
Jones handed over the correspondence for a preliminary probe by IPCC (Independent Police Complaints Commission).
Already an IPCC investigation was being done into allegations that a particular MPS unit namely National Domestic Extremism and Disorder Intelligence tore off documents that flouted a direction about preserving files which would be used during an inquiry by a team under a judge about political groups being disciplined.
An IPCC spokesman stated that the Commission had started one independent probe in connection with allegations that related to hacking of personal information. The spokesman further stated that the investigation's scope was still being evaluated; therefore, it wasn't possible to comment.
Suppose the allegations by an apparent whistleblower were to be true then the PC-hacking should mean illegal provided personal e-mails got tapped for reasons not fighting terrorism and major crimes alternatively meeting urgent public demands. It's essential that the Home Secretary approved this kind of monitoring. Bbc.com posted this, March 21, 2017.
There were 10 named campaigners' passwords within the correspondence to prove the allegation as true. The Guardian site indicated that Jones' lawyers from Bindmans talked to 6 campaigners out of whom 5 confirmed their passwords were the same as in the letter, while according to one, the listed e-mail password was almost correct. The lawyers, however, didn't talk to the remaining 4 campaigners.
The letter's author asserts that the hackers targeted many hundred campaigners while authorities would have to forward the most valuable contents of the e-mails.
Curiously, the letter provides detailed information explaining the author as one detective, while supplies ten persons' e-mail passwords who were hit.
One Scotland Yard spokesman substantiated that the authorities were considering the allegations with severity. Inquiry chairman Lord Justice Pitchford stated they favoured a talk with the letter writer, while he personally advised the writer for communicating with the Inquiry that would be kept confidential.
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