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Rep. Lance Gooden (R-TX.) appeared to reveal his incredibly poor phone passcode on Wednesday during a hearing in the nation’s capital.
As Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg discussed privacy and security in front of the House Financial Services Committee, a camera caught Gooden unlocking his smartphone.
What's your passcode, Congressman? pic.twitter.com/DOcN5DkM5o— Zack Whittaker (@zackwhittaker) October 24, 2019
Gooden appeared to enter “777777,” hardly an uncrackable code for today’s sophisticated hacking tools.
Video of the incident quickly went viral, racking up millions of views and earning a spot on Reddit’s front page.
“Just another thing @kanyewest and I have in common,” Gooden tweeted.
Gooden also tried to defend himself by arguing that a passcode is more secure than Face ID.
Just following your advice, dude.https://t.co/NtQIwPb0va— Lance Gooden (@Lancegooden) October 24, 2019
But that is only true if you actually have a good passcode. And 777777 ain’t it.
Perhaps a sitting member of Congress exposing their terrible password while one of the most powerful tech overlords is being grilled over security just feet away is par for the course in 2019.
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Mikael Thalen is a tech and security reporter based in Seattle, covering social media, data breaches, hackers, and more.