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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  • by Payday Loan Advocate Location: United States on Oct 29, 2008 at 01:34 AM
    There’s only one week left until the voting date, and controversies surrounding both the Democrat and Republican camps continue to surface. News sources are eager to report that the Republican National Committee spent upwards of $150,000 on Vice Presidential Candidate Sarah Palin’s campaign trail wardrobe. Although this story has created a flood of negative publicity, anti-Republican attacks, and the like, I am not falling for it. In fact, both Palin and Democratic Presidential hopeful Barack Obama have spent large sums of money on clothing, and it doesn’t affect my voting decision. After all, we live in a material society where appearance and possessions, more than anything else, are the main things by which we judge people. If you had one candidate blazing the campaign trail in well-selected designer apparel, and the other candidate fully clad in Wal-Mart clothes, the latter would be taken less seriously. Plus, look at all the attention Sarah Palin has received from her pricey wardr
  • by Payday Loan Advocate Location: CA, USA on Oct 12, 2008 at 09:30 PM
    Democratic Representative Mike Kernell’s son, David Kernell, was caught by authorities. Apparently he had reset the password and gained access to the GOP VP candidate Palin's personal Email account, according to CNN. He had taken a screenshot of her entire email directory which includes E-mail addresses, pictures, birthdates and phone numbers of family members, and more. After turning himself in, he pleaded not guilty despite the fact that he took the information he hacked and posted it to a public Web site. To make matters worse, he also posted the new password he’d created, which allowed others to easily access Palin's E-mail themselves. David Kernell may be subject to the heat of a five-year prison term, $250,000 fine and three years of supervised release as a consequence. At the maximum of $1,500 per loan, that bail would require about 167 individual payday loans to free him from being condemned with other cellmates. Post Courtesy of Personal Money Store Professional Blogging Team


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