Anna was all over people being silly with their passwords yesterday, in the serious context of phone hacking at the News of the World.
But do you remember *this* episode?
Like accidentally reformatting your hard disk, or rolling your car into a canal, it’s the sort of thing you only do once – we hope.
It has to be said that Harriet Harman reached the right answer in the end.
More seriously, it also highlights that it not really the ‘hacking’ that is the problem; I’d say that if a password is set to 1234 then the hacking offence itself is analogous to climbing over a garden fence and looking through a window.
To me the important issue is what offenders *do* with the ‘hacking’.
In this case it was a harmless prank; if a result was that Millie Dowler’s parents thought that their daughter was still accessing her phone, the damage caused is altogether more serious.