Exclusive: panicked email exposes massive parliamentary IT security flaw

The SKWAWKBOX

As the media has covered in the last couple of days, Tory MP Nadine Dorries’ attempt to defend Damian Green over his alleged viewing of pornography on his parliamentary computer led to her rash admission that she routinely lets her staff use her credentials to log onto her own parliamentary computer – and that she often has to ask them to remind her what her password is:

dorries 1dorries 2This revelation sparked social media astonishment on the part of IT professionals:

it response.pngIt seems that the IT managers of Parliament’s Digital Service were equally appalled, as demonstrated by a email it sent to all parliamentary personnel this afternoon. The email’s drips with the exasperation of someone who works hard to achieve an objective only to see it all undone by idiocy, along with a tone of suppressed panic:

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No matter how many technical systems we put in place, we also rely on…

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