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US House Rep on cyber committees tweets Gmail password, PIN in Capitol riot lawsuit outrage

Gonna need a little Mo security over here

US House Rep Mo Brooks (R-AL) seemingly revealed his Gmail password and a PIN in a Sunday rage tweet about a lawsuit regarding the January 6 insurrection attempt.

Brooks, who sits on the House's Cyber, Innovative Technologies, and Information Systems subcommittee, and the Science, Space, and Technology committee, tweeted a photo from an iPad of his Windows computer, attached to which was a piece of paper with login credentials written on it.

Why was a congressman photographing his PC for social media over the weekend? Based on the number of capitalized words in the tweet, Brooks was rather peeved that he had been served legal papers by House Rep Eric Swalwell (D-CA), who has sued Brooks, Donald Trump Jr, and Rudy Giuliani for allegedly helping to instigate the January storming of the Capitol.

Rep Brooks deleted the tweet featuring the credentials, and posted a second attempt – with the sensitive info cropped out – as seen below. The password was visible from Brooks' Twitter profile for the better part of a day. It appears that though Giuliani and Trump Jr accepted the paperwork, Brooks has tried to avoid being served, resulting in a private investigator serving him at their home, seemingly involving his wife, all of which he objected to.

"Mo Brooks has no one but himself to blame for the fact that it came to this," Swalwell's lawyer Philip Andonian told CNN. "We asked him to waive service, we offered to meet him at a place of his choosing. Instead of working things out like a civilized person, he engaged in a juvenile game of Twitter trolling over the past few days and continued to evade service.

"He demanded that we serve him. We did just that."

Now, this was a Gmail account, and US government rules about mixing business and personal accounts are absolutely adhered to by all. OK, maybe not by now-former CIA boss John Brennan, who used an AOL account; former chairman of the US National Intelligence Council Christopher Kojm; and, of course, her emails.

As for the PIN, who knows? You can guarantee people have been trying to find out since the picture was up for hours and widely copied. The Register asked Representative Brook's office for comment, and confirmation that the credentials are now useless. ®

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