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British politician gives worst excuse ever for colleague’s porn stash

British politician defends her 'shared password' tweet.


Tess Cagle


Published Dec 4, 2017   Updated May 22, 2021, 9:11 am CDT

Members of Parliament in the United Kingdom said sharing passwords with their staff—including interns in exchange programs—is common practice. The casual admittance of the practice has many U.K. citizens concerned about cybersecurity.

Nadine Dorries, a member of Parliament from Bedfordshire, first announced she shares her passwords with her staff on Saturday in an effort to defend First Secretary of State Damian Green, who has been accused of having porn on his computer. He denies watching or downloading porn, according to the BBC.

“My staff log onto my computer on my desk with my login everyday,” she tweeted. “Including interns on exchange programmes. For the officer on @BBCNews just now to claim that the computer on Greens desk was accessed and therefore it was Green is utterly preposterous.”

After many users on Twitter responded to Dorries’ tweet with concern about Parliament’s cybersecurity policies, she defended her initial tweet and said it’s OK that her staff can access her private computer because she doesn’t receive government documents.

Dorries wasn’t the only member of Parliament to admit that staff uses the same login credentials as the bosses. Even former staff members confirmed it.

Dorries and her colleagues seem unaware that it’s possible for staffers to have their own login information to access a computer and also still have the ability to log in to the same email. Some individuals on Twitter pointed out that sharing computer login information with staff might be breaking House of Commons IT policies. Others shared tips for best practices.

Looks like British politicians could learn a thing or two about cybersecurity.

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*First Published: Dec 4, 2017, 9:46 am CST