City of London executives may have been phone-hacking targets, it emerged today.
According to City AM, public relations firm Citigate Dewe Rogerson was reportedly told by the Metropolitan Police that three of its executives may have been targeted by hackers between 2005 and 2006.
The free daily paper reported that the company was contacted by officers from Operation Weeting. It is thought to be the first reported incident of hacking being used to access information on corporate deals.
A spokesman told the paper: “We were told by our mobile provider around 18 months ago that police were investigating allegations that between 2005-2006 attempts by unauthorised parties may have been made to hack into three of our company mobile phones.
“We sought further details from the police but there has been no recent follow-up by them. And we do not believe this inquiry is ongoing.
“When we received the original letter we of course reviewed all our procedures but all our staff are in any event very disciplined about the use of mobile phones.”