Tennessee rep's son focus of Pailin e-mail hacking buzz

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT/ AP) -- The person rumored to be responsible for hacking into Alaska Governor Sarah Palin's personal Yahoo! e-mail account is a UT-Knoxville student and the son of Memphis democrat and State Representative Mike Kernell, according to the Knoxville News Sentinel.

The News Sentinel reports that Kernell said he was aware of the rumors surrounding his son, David, 20.

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 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 Associated Press contributed to this report.)

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  • by RICHARD Location: Texas on Oct 26, 2008 at 11:42 PM
    I am suggesting that Palin might like to use the Christian song from the Newsboys " Stay Strong" in helping her campaign. I love her Christian thinking. God Bless
  • by Nancy Location: former Memphis girl on Sep 18, 2008 at 11:16 PM
    this kid should be tried as the criminal that he is... his father a democrat, imagine!!!!


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