Feeds

Smear site leads back to Commons

Who'd a thunk it?

Intelligent flash storage arrays

The website supposedly set up to smear the Tory Party in the run-up to a general election was registered to a House of Commons address.

A cunning someone used the name Olly Cromwell and opted to keep their address private. But The Times reckons a Commons contact address was used when theredrag.co.uk was registered last November. The site currently hosts a holding page from WordPress.

A Nominet Whois search reveals Mr Cromwell is the named registrant and that the address, as a non-trading individual, has been kept private. The site was bought via agency Easily.co.uk.

The only Cromwell currently resident at the Commons is a large bronze statue of the erstwhile Lord Protector, thought perhaps this lump of tin is about as active and tech aware as the average Labour MP.

Several individuals have already denied any involvement - including blogging minister Tom Watson, who was rumoured to be CC'd in the emails between Derek Draper and Damian McBride. The storm might also have gained a few clicks for Draper's failing PravdaBlog LabourList but for now the name, and address, of the actual registrant remain a mystery.

But what we really want to know is how did the emails get out in the first place? Cunning cyber-espionage or just another idiot sending messages to the wrong recipient? How did Guido Fawkes get the mails?

Only a true cynic would suggest that all that has been achieved is far wider reporting of some ludicrous rumours and the resignation of a smear-doctor for smearing. ®

Internet Security Threat Report 2014

More from The Register

next story
The 'fun-nification' of computer education – good idea?
Compulsory code schools, luvvies love it, but what about Maths and Physics?
Facebook, Apple: LADIES! Why not FREEZE your EGGS? It's on the company!
No biological clockwatching when you work in Silicon Valley
Lords take revenge on REVENGE PORN publishers
Jilted Johns and Jennies with busy fingers face two years inside
Yes, yes, Steve Jobs. Look what I'VE done for you lately – Tim Cook
New iPhone biz baron points to Apple's (his) greatest successes
Happiness economics is bollocks. Oh, UK.gov just adopted it? Er ...
Opportunity doesn't knock; it costs us instead
Ex-US Navy fighter pilot MIT prof: Drones beat humans - I should know
'Missy' Cummings on UAVs, smartcars and dying from boredom
Sysadmin with EBOLA? Gartner's issued advice to debug your biz
Start hoarding cleaning supplies, analyst firm says, and assume your team will scatter
Edward who? GCHQ boss dodges Snowden topic during last speech
UK spies would rather 'walk' than do 'mass surveillance'
prev story

Whitepapers

Forging a new future with identity relationship management
Learn about ForgeRock's next generation IRM platform and how it is designed to empower CEOS's and enterprises to engage with consumers.
Why and how to choose the right cloud vendor
The benefits of cloud-based storage in your processes. Eliminate onsite, disk-based backup and archiving in favor of cloud-based data protection.
Three 1TB solid state scorchers up for grabs
Big SSDs can be expensive but think big and think free because you could be the lucky winner of one of three 1TB Samsung SSD 840 EVO drives that we’re giving away worth over £300 apiece.
Reg Reader Research: SaaS based Email and Office Productivity Tools
Read this Reg reader report which provides advice and guidance for SMBs towards the use of SaaS based email and Office productivity tools.
Security for virtualized datacentres
Legacy security solutions are inefficient due to the architectural differences between physical and virtual environments.