Jeremy Paxman: Piers Morgan told me how to hack phones

The presenter of Newsnight Jeremy Paxman recently finished giving evidence to the Leveson Inquiry. Among his evidence was the claim that the formerDaily Mirror editor Piers Morgan explained how to hack into people's voicemail during in dinner party in September 2002. He said:

He [Piers Morgan] 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?' 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 messages was was 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: 'You're a fool.'