Owen Smith forgets to wipe his whiteboard, and reveals his password

Twitter snap reveals more than it planned of British politician’s campaign secrets.

Graham Cluley
@gcluley

British politician Owen Smith is standing as a candidate for leader of the opposition Labour party against the present incumbent, Jeremy Corbyn.

Here’s a picture of Owen Smith in action at a phone canvassing session, as shared on Twitter by one of his campaign staff.

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Let’s take a closer look.

That whiteboard looks interesting…

Surely they wouldn’t..?

They did!

It seems that the login details for Owen Smith’s phone bank have been shared publicly on Twitter, including the web address, client id, username and password:

Username: 1066
Password: Survation

“Survation” is (coincidentally?) the name of a UK polling agency. 1066, as every schoolboy knows, is when the Battle of Hastings occurred and Blighty got invaded by a bunch of guys called Norman.

A spokesman told BuzzFeed that the login details were changed as soon as they were made aware of the disclosure, and that there had been “no data breach and the login details were not used by any unauthorised users.”

Moral of the story? As Sky News, the Super Bowl, World Cup security centre, railway control centre, hacked French TV station and others have learnt in the past – don’t write your password anywhere that a photographer or TV crew might point their camera.

More than that, “Survation” is a rubbish password. Get yourself a decent password manager Owen, and that will generate passwords that are more complex and hard to crack in future.

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Graham Cluley is a veteran of the anti-virus industry having worked for a number of security companies since the early 1990s when he wrote the first ever version of Dr Solomon's Anti-Virus Toolkit for Windows. Now an independent security analyst, he regularly makes media appearances and is an international public speaker on the topic of computer security, hackers, and online privacy. Follow him on Twitter at @gcluley, or drop him an email.

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