Feeds

Labour Party in Web security gaffe

Launches hi-tech crime unit, tells people to email credit card details

  • alert
  • submit to reddit

Reducing security risks from open source software

The yolk was on the Labour Party when it fell fowl on the most basic laws of common sense and Internet security in a jokey piece on its site attacking the Tories "eggstreme" right-wing policies.

An item on New Labour's site called "Tory egg cups expose the Tories' hard-boiled policies" invited supporters to order a range of micky-taking merchandise that depicted Michael Portillo as "uneggonomic" and Anne Widdecombe as "eggscruciating".

But the invitation to buy goods in the article contained seriously cracked security advice. Anybody wanting the tacky trinkets (who wants an eggcup with William Hague is "eggstreme" on it anyway?) was invited to "send an email with all your credit card details to shop@new.labour.org.uk"

This (from a party in government that wants to make Britain the safest place in the world to do ecommerce) is just about the silliest advice we're heard in months.

Considering New Labour Home Secretary Jack Straw launched a multi-million pound Hi-Tech Crime Unit this morning you think it might realise that it's a good idea to protect credit card information sent over the net. To do otherwise is the same as writing your credit card number on a postcard that anyone can see.

As it is, Labour's rotten online security leaves surfers scrambling for safety. It's just as well the kit on sale is so naff... ®

Related Stories

Cybercops are go!

Eight steps to building an HP BladeSystem

More from The Register

next story
BBC goes offline in MASSIVE COCKUP: Stephen Fry partly muzzled
Auntie tight-lipped as major outage rolls on
iPad? More like iFAD: We reveal why Apple fell into IBM's arms
But never fear fanbois, you're still lapping up iPhones, Macs
White? Male? You work in tech? Let us guess ... Twitter? We KNEW it!
Grim diversity numbers dumped alongside Facebook earnings
HP, Microsoft prove it again: Big Business doesn't create jobs
SMEs get lip service - what they need is dinner at the Club
Bose says today IS F*** With Dre Day: Beats sued in patent battle
Music gear giant seeks some of that sweet, sweet Apple pie
Amazon Reveals One Weird Trick: A Loss On Almost $20bn In Sales
Investors really hate it: Share price plunge as growth SLOWS in key AWS division
Dude, you're getting a Dell – with BITCOIN: IT giant slurps cryptocash
1. Buy PC with Bitcoin. 2. Mine more coins. 3. Goto step 1
There's NOTHING on TV in Europe – American video DOMINATES
Even France's mega subsidies don't stop US content onslaught
prev story

Whitepapers

Top three mobile application threats
Prevent sensitive data leakage over insecure channels or stolen mobile devices.
Implementing global e-invoicing with guaranteed legal certainty
Explaining the role local tax compliance plays in successful supply chain management and e-business and how leading global brands are addressing this.
Boost IT visibility and business value
How building a great service catalog relieves pressure points and demonstrates the value of IT service management.
Designing a Defense for Mobile Applications
Learn about the various considerations for defending mobile applications - from the application architecture itself to the myriad testing technologies.
Build a business case: developing custom apps
Learn how to maximize the value of custom applications by accelerating and simplifying their development.