Company behind Tory app apologises for major flaw

The company behind the Conservatives' official conference app has "apologised unreservedly" after a major security flaw emerged.
The phone numbers of senior Tory MPs - including former foreign secretary Boris Johnson and Chancellor Philip Hammond - could be accessed by anyone because of the glitch on Saturday.
Several ministers, including those with top-ranking security clearance, reportedly received nuisance calls from the public after the breach.The picture on Environment Secretary Michael Gove's profile was reportedly switched for one of Rupert Murdoch, and his email changed to a fictional address for The Sun newspaper.
Company behind Tory app apologises for major flaw

The data breach affected the official app for the Conservative Party Conference
In a statement, Crowd Comms apologised for the error. Although it was rectified within 30 minutes, the company says it will be referring the matter to the Information Commissioner's Office (ICO).It said: "On Saturday 29 September at around 1.50pm UK time we were made aware that a small number of attendee profiles were fraudulently accessed on the app that we are providing for the Conservative Party Conference."An error meant that a third party in possession of a conference attendee's email address was able, without further authentication, to potentially see data which the attendee had not wished to share - name, email address, phone number, job title and photo."The error was rectified within 30 minutes. It is likely that it affected a very small proportion of attendees and we are working with the Conservative Party to ensure any potentially affected attendees are notified."
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