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“How I hacked Sarah Palin’s email account”


I decided to spare everyone’s eyes and not post this hax0r’s photo on the front page. His photo is after the jump. Instead I present hot chicks. :)

“The son of a US state politician has reportedly been revealed as the hacker who broke into Republican vice-presidential candidate Sarah Palin’s email account.

Brooke Burke

Democratic state representative Mike Kernell, from Tennessee, admitted that his 20-year-old son, David Kernell, was suspected of hacking the Yahoo mail account and sharing its contents with the world, the Tennessean reported.

Kernell is a student at the University of Tennesse-Knoville. His father, Mike, refused to comment further.

Asked by the Knoxville News Sentinel whether his son had been contacted by investigators, Kernell said: “I can’t say. That doesn’t mean he has or hasn’t.”

The FBI and Secret Service started a formal investigation into the hacking on Wednesday. They have yet to name Kernell as a suspect.

But several political bloggers and news organisations have named Kernell as the hacker after a massive online manhunt.

The Associated Press earlier reported:

Details have emerged about how Republican vice-presidential candidate Sarah Palin’s email account was broken into, including a hacker’s claim he was able to impersonate her online to obtain her password.

The hacker guessed that Alaska’s governor had met her husband in high school, and knew Palin’s date of birth and home postcode.

Using those details, the hacker tricked Yahoo Inc’s service into assigning a new password, “popcorn” for Palin’s email account, according to a chronology of the crime published on the website where the hacking was first revealed.

The FBI and Secret Service have launched a formal investigation. Yahoo declined to comment on details of the investigation, citing Palin’s privacy and the sensitivity of such investigations.

“i am the lurker who did it, and i would like to tell the story,” the person wrote in the account, which circulated on the internet.

“What started as a prank was cut short because of panic over the possibility the FBI might investigate”, the hacker wrote.

Investigators were waiting to speak with Gabriel Ramuglia of Athens, Georgia, who operates an internet anonymity service used by the hacker.

Ramuglia said he was reviewing his own logs and promised to turn over any helpful information to authorities because the hacker violated rules against using the anonymity service for illegal activities.

“If you’re doing something illegal and causing me issues by doing this, I’m willing to cooperate,” Ramuglia said. “Obviously this is the most high profile situation I’ve dealt with.”

The break-in of Palin’s private account is especially significant because Palin sometimes uses non-government emails to conduct state business.

Previously disclosed emails indicate her administration embraced Yahoo accounts as an alternative to government email, which could possibly be released to the public under Alaska’s Open Records Act.

At the time, critics of Palin’s administration were poring over official emails they had obtained from the governor’s office looking for evidence of improper political activity.

Details of this week’s break-in, if authentic, were consistent with speculation by computer security experts who said Yahoo’s “forgot-my-password” service almost certainly was exploited.

The mechanism allows customers to retrieve or change their password if they can verify their identity by confirming personal information such as birthdate, postcode and the answer to a “secret question”, such as a childhood pet’s name or school mascot.

Palin’s hacker was challenged to guess where Alaska’s governor met her husband, Todd.

Palin herself recounted in her speech at the Republican National Convention that the pair began dating two decades ago in high school in Wasilla, a town near Anchorage.

“I found out later though (sic) more research that they met at high school, so I did variations of that, high, high school, eventually hit on ‘Wasilla high’,” the person wrote.

The McCain campaign issued a statement describing the hacking as an invasion of Palin’s privacy

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