Em­bar­rass­ment for May as party meet hit by se­cu­rity glitch

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BIRM­ING­HAM: Bri­tish Prime Min­is­ter Theresa May’s Con­ser­va­tives suf­fered an em­bar­rass­ing se­cu­rity glitch on Satur­day, ex­pos­ing the per­sonal con­tact de­tails of se­nior gov­ern­ment min­is­ters AND other LEAD­ING ig­ures on the app for their an­nual party con­fer­ence.

Dawn Fos­ter, a colum­nist with the Guardian news­pa­per, dis­cov­ered that A law In THE Con­ser­va­tive CON­FER­ENCE app al­lowed peo­ple to log in as any­one at­tend­ing, as it sim­ply re­quired an email ad­dress to be en­tered.

It meant the mo­bile phone num­bers of all those at­tend­ing the four-day event - jour­nal­ists, party mem­bers and law­mak­ers, in­clud­ing se­nior gov­ern­ment min­is­ters - could be ac­cessed.

On Twit­ter, Fos­ter showed how she had been able to log into the sys­tem as for­mer for­eign sec­re­tary Boris John­son.

“It’s let me lo­gin as Boris John­son, and just straight up given me all the de­tails used for his reg­is­tra­tion,” she wrote.

“I’m the most tech il­lit­er­ate per­son alive, and I’ve done this, imag­ine there are plenty more se­cu­rity bugs.”

There was no im­me­di­ate re­sponse from the Con­ser­va­tive Party. Me­dia said the loop­hole in the app was closed af­ter it had been pointed out to the party but not be­fore the de­tails of some politi­cians had been ac­cessed and in some in­stances changed.

A jour­nal­ist from the Buz­zfeed web­site said at least two cab­i­net min­is­ters had re­ceived prank calls from the pub­lic as a con­se­quence.

Last year, May’s ma­jor con­fer­ence speech de­scended into chaos af­ter she SUF­FERED A COUGH­ING it, A prankster gained ac­cess to the stage to hand her the form given to sacked em­ploy­ees, and some let­ters of her party’s slo­gans dropped to the ground from a sign on the stage be­hind her as she spoke.

“I think peo­ple will see a re­ally im­pres­sive con­fer­ence all round this year,” Con­ser­va­tive Party Chair­man Bran­don Lewis told Sky News be­fore news of the se­cu­rity breach was re­vealed.

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