Hacker: impersonated Palin, stole e-mail password

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Details are emerging about the hacking of Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin's e-mail account.

The Web site where the hacking was first revealed has published a chronology of the crime. It says the hacker knew the Alaska governor's birth date and zip code and guessed that she had met her husband in high school. With those details, the hacker tricked Yahoo's e-mail service into assigning a new password for Palin's e-mail account.

The FBI and the Secret Service launched a formal investigation into the incident yesterday. Yahoo has declined to comment on details of the probe, citing Palin's privacy and the sensitivity of such investigations.

The person who's claiming responsibility did not respond to an e-mail inquiry from The Associated Press today. In the account of the hacking that circulated on the Internet, the person said it started as a prank but was cut short in a panic over a possible FBI investigation.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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