The campaign team for Owen Smith, the MP challenging Jeremy Corbyn for the leadership of the Labour Party, invoked ridicule after on Sunday (4 September) after it shared an image featuring a whiteboard which held sensitive log in information.
The image, posted during a supposed strategy briefing, featured the login details to Smith’s phone bank system, with the password ‘Survation’ - also the name of a UK research agency.
The details were immediately noticed by some of Smith’s Twitter followers (he has more than 16,000), with political blogger James Brown grabbing a still and annotating the details.
— James Brown (@Politicub) September 6, 2016
The Smith campaign told Buzzfeed: “The details were changed as soon as we were made aware of them being inadvertently posted on Twitter and the tweet was then immediately deleted,” adding that there had been no data breach resulting from the leak.
Smith’s Labour party rival Jeremy Corbyn – who maintains a substantial lead in the polls, also suffered a data breach after his Twitter account was hacked earlier this year during which prime minister David Cameron was branded a "pie".