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Piers Morgan named in UK Hacking Scandal


Piers Morgan described to Jeremy Paxman how to hack into a mobile phone at a lunch held at the headquarters of the Daily Mirror publisher, the BBC presenter has told the Leveson inquiry.

Paxman said that Morgan also turned to him at the lunch and explained how phone hacking worked.

"He then turned to me and said 'Have you got a mobile phone?', I said 'Yes', and he said 'Have you got a security setting on the message bit of it'," he added. "I don't think it was called voicemail in those days, I didn't know what he was talking about. He then explained that the way to get access to people's message was to go to the factory default setting and press either 0000 or 1234 and that if you didn't put on your own code … his words: 'your're a fool'."

Edit: updated with a different "source"

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i was made aware of the 0000

thing years and years ago and know for a fact an acquaintance of mine used to 'hack' people's phones this way. So much so that another acquaintance turned off voice messages completely. It wasn't common knowledge but a lot of people knew about it.

Incidentally, if Piers does appear it'll be the biggest audience he's had for years.