We knew about this, oh yes we did

Former hacktivists have reacted with bafflement after the Conservative MP Kemi Badenoch admitted that she hacked Harriet Harman’s website in 2008.

Badenoch confessed to the hack, which carried a jail sentence of up to five years at the time she acted, in response to a question about the “naughtiest” thing she had done.

Badenoch gained access to Harman’s website by guessing the credentials (she later gave an anonymous interview revealing that Harman’s username and password were “harriet” and “harman”), and posted a hoax blogpost claiming the then Labour minister for women and equality was supporting Boris Johnson in the London mayoral race.

We knew about it at the time. “We” being those who knew about it of course, a somewhat select group to be sure.

10 comments on “We knew about this, oh yes we did

  1. If guessing a dim person’s password is “hacking”, I’m a guitar hero.

    Real hackers dress in black leather and sit in darkened rooms, furiously pounding the keyboard while techno music plays in the background.

    Johnny Lee Miller wept.

  2. Remember this the next time a politician hysterically blames the Russians for ‘hacking’ their accounts.

  3. It’s lovely to watch the lefties frothing at the mouth. Just accessing someone’s account without permission is fairly trivial. The penalties seem harsh but I wonder if any judge would actually apply the máxima. On the other hand, if she played around while online or did any damage then the bellowing hordes might have a point.

  4. The penalties are harsh? For a s1 CMA offence. wait one – checking sentencing guidelines.

    Hah, no guidance. Bugger. Max sentence is 12 months in Mags, 2 years in front of the Beak.

  5. @Solid Steve 2

    Real hackers dress in black leather and sit in darkened rooms, furiously pounding the keyboard while techno Goth, Rock & Metal music plays in the background.

    FTFY

  6. “Badenoch gained access to Harman’s website by guessing the credentials (she later gave an anonymous interview revealing that Harman’s username and password were “harriet” and “harman”)”

    That’s the equivalent of leaving your front door key on a piece of string through the letter box or under the plant pot next to the door, and then complaining that someone has entered and helped themselves to a cup of tea. You’d get no sympathy from the police, if they deigned to answer your call of complaint.

    People in public office who do that should be barred from holding holding public office for life, as a minimum.

  7. Harriet Harman should be barred from public life, full stop.

    Or at least hounded from it, by the sound of a ravening mob.

  8. ‘Badenoch confessed to the hack, which carried a jail sentence of up to five years at the time she acted, in response to a question about the “naughtiest” thing she had done.’

    At the time.

    A rather useless phrase.

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