The Conservative party was left red faced after hackers exploited a loophole on its 'Cash Gordon' website, redirecting users to pornographic websites. The party was eventually to take the web site down for a fix. It's back up now, you'll be pleased to learn.
According to insecurity experts, the developers who created the website, forgot to add basic security measures, thereby allowing hackers to use the party's extensive web campaign against it.
The web site, 'Cash Gordon', was launched by the Conservatives in order, they said, to highlight links between Unite, the trade union behind the British Airways strike, and the Labour Party. Unite donated £11 million to the Party, which is supposed to be a 'Labour' party after all, and therefore rightly has links to the Trade Union movement.
The Conservative party intended to stir things up between Labour and Unite by using social media tools like Twitter, allowing users to post Tweets which contained '#cashgordon' in every message posted.
However, hackers exploited this loophole by adding their own web codes along with the hash tag, redirecting users to pornographic websites whenever they clicked on the link.
The Guardian produced a great timeline of the palaver, which is worth a butcher's here.