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

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.

Owen Smith

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Let’s take a closer look.

Owen Smith

That whiteboard looks interesting…

Owen Smith

Surely they wouldn’t..?

Owen Smith

They did!

Owen Smith

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.

Graham Cluley is an award-winning keynote speaker who has given presentations around the world about cybersecurity, hackers, and online privacy. A veteran of the computer security industry since the early 1990s, he wrote the first ever version of Dr Solomon's Anti-Virus Toolkit for Windows, makes regular media appearances, and is the co-host of the popular "Smashing Security" podcast. Follow him on Twitter, Mastodon, Threads, Bluesky, or drop him an email.

2 comments on “Owen Smith forgets to wipe his whiteboard, and reveals his password”

  1. Barry Neilsen

    Er .. Owen Smith or Jones? Second paragraph :)

    1. Graham CluleyGraham Cluley · in reply to Barry Neilsen

      Thanks Barry. I'll ow(e)n up to that mess-up. I seem to have a mental block that keeps mixing up Owen Smith, Owen Jones and Owen Wilson in my head.

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