Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Sarah Palin's E-Mail Account Hacked

UPDATE, October 8, 2008: Alleged Palin e-mail hacker goes to trial in December

UPDATE, September 18, 2008: David Kernell

I am outraged.

Sarah Palin's personal e-mail account was hacked.

The slimy has posted screen shots of her account, e-mails, family photos, and her contact list, meaning dozens of other personal e-mail addresses have been published.

From FOX News:

In the latest of a series of invasions into Sarah Palin’s personal life, hackers have broken into the Republican vice presidential candidate’s private e-mail account, and a widely read Web site has published screen grabs from it.

An article Wednesday in posts family photos and snapshots of e-mail exchanges the Alaska governor had with colleagues. Gawker says the-email account has since been shut down, but it will leave the images up on its site for all to see.

“Here are the screenshots of the emails saved before the account went dark, along with the contact list. It’s newsworthy and we will not be taking it down!” the site declares.

Rick Davis, campaign manager for John McCain, released a statement calling the publication a “shocking invasion of the governor’s privacy and a violation of law.”

“The matter has been turned over to the appropriate authorities and we hope that anyone in possession of these e-mails will destroy them. We will have no further comment,” Davis said.

The article boasts about the lengths to which the reporter went to verify the account, saying he or she even called a phone number listed for Palin’s teenage daughter, Bristol, which apparently went to her voicemail. The site also listed dozens of contact e-mails from the account.

Both WIRED and Gawker reported that members claiming to be with a group known as Anonymous took credit for hacking into Palin’s account. Screen grabs were published on other Web sites and then deleted, Gawker reported.

They reportedly came from a Yahoo e-mail account Palin uses — one separate from another private account that was publicized in The Washington Post last week.

Gawker complained that Palin has since “deleted” the account, and suggested she was trying to “destroy evidence.”

This makes me nauseous. I know what this is like. I could cry. I feel so awful for Gov. Palin.

It brings back how violated I felt when I was the victim of an attack on the Internet by someone and his accomplices. They didn't like me based on our contact on a discussion board.

One of the accomplices was a moderator of the discussion board, hosted by a giant media conglomerate. This moderator was in a paid position.

I was threatened and stalked on the Internet. My family was threatened. Yes, he threatened my children.

As a result of the moderator's egregious violation of my privacy and his disregard of the stated privacy policy of the board regarding giving personal identifiable information to third parties, I fought back and won.

That's right. I WON. I have the documents to prove it.

But once your privacy is violated, it's hard to say that you won. Nothing, no settlement can undo that damage.

People who do this sort of thing are without conscience. They are soulless. The hackers are criminals.

This is the final straw when it comes to the abuse that Sarah Palin and her family have suffered.

I really can't stand it anymore.

Barack Obama's people will stop at nothing to destroy her. I'm sure the criminals aren't on Obama's campaign payroll, but they are his people.

They are scum.

They are evil.


I'm not going to link to Gawker, but the comments there are disgusting.


flossy at 01:17 PM

On the one hand, wow. Awesome. On the other hand... this won't do much to dissuade her supporters of the persecution complex they've developed of late, now will it?


(Gee, where have I heard that before?)

Dr.Montlopez at 01:22 PM

So tempted to enact spam anarchy on this list. . . .

What scum!
The Merovingian Bride at 01:27 PM

I just hope Todd's personal email doesn't get hacked because if it does then I'm screwed (and so is Todd).

NefariousNewt at 01:31 PM

@StonedAndDethroned: Everything about McCain and Palin feels dirty... you get used to it after a while.


Related links:

Hackers break into Sarah Palin's e-mail account

Sarah Palin's Personal Email Hacked


Palin’s E-Mail Account Hacked

If this happened to Barack Obama or Joe Biden, it would be front page stuff.

The New York Times apparently thinks hacking into Palin's account isn't all that newsworthy. Same goes for the Washington Post. They're burying it. Disgusting.


Anonymous said...

I think if she was dumb enough to post state business on the Fort Knox that is Yahoo...then she deserves what she gets.
Experts say her password was probably so easy these hackers just happen to guess it.
My guess is Palin will be lousy with America's secrets if she does this already.
I don't want America to become vulnerable because the VP can't pick a good enough password to her YAHOO account.
What a dolt.

Anonymous said...

brian's point is utter BS. Utter, total BS. Put the shoe on the other foot and his outrage would shake the earth. Imagine if some hacker put up photos of Obama's children and personal emails and addresses of Obama's friends and colleagues. The MSM would have this on the front page every day for a week.

Partisanship at all costs, party before country, take no responsibility for anything = today's Democratic Party.


Anonymous said...

Whatever Anonymous. You know why you don't see Obama's personal email out there?
Because he's smarter at protecting it than Palin is.
I know not to leave personal information in MY email account. Looks like I'm one up on Palin too.

Mary said...

It's truly disturbing that Obama's minions are so deranged that they're willing to be apologists for criminals.

They aren't troubled by the relentless PERSONAL attacks on Palin and her family.

As a McCain supporter, I would be horrified if Obama's or Biden's personal e-mail accounts were hacked and their personal information was plastered on the Internet.

I would not be an apologist for such an affront.

Another thing--

Don't libs claim to be against warrantless searches?

Anonymous said...

Yes libs are against warantless searches. So is the constitution.

A friend of mine had their account information stolen from an online predator. The police told them there wasn't much they could do and they should have not been so careless with their information.
Would you say the police were apologizing for the criminals?

I'm just saying that was a pretty dumb move on her part to use something so weak as to get hacked.

Mary said...

I don't know the specifics of your friend's case.

I can't judge the police response. I don't know specifically what the police said, how they said it.

In general, I have a problem with blaming the victim.

I don't think Palin was being negligent. The hacker was being a criminal, committing a felony.

Anonymous said...

The attack on Governor Sarah Palin’s privacy is inexcusable. There’s much taunting and gloating about Ms. Palin’s apparent technological naiveté. Indeed, Ms. E-mail may never be our friend. Mr. Cell phone is definitely not our friend: whenever one’s cell phone is switched on, just turned on, even if it's not a GPS enabled device, it emits a signal that anyone who obtains your SIM card number may track with an array of inexpensive software. GOOGLE GPS tracking devices. The phone’s speaker may also be remotely activated for use as a listening device. A bad guy might also find it cheaper and easier to affix a GPS device to one’s vehicle, in which case Mr. Automobile is no longer our friend. Emerging technologies lend miscreants an unprecedented level of sophistication. And, as Al Gore might rightly observe, there appears to be no controlling legal authority. We’ll see what the voter has to say. Suggest: remove cell phone battery when not in use:

Mary said...

What does that have to do with Sarah Palin's e-mail account being hacked?

What does that have to do with any of the comments left on this post?

Please explain.

Mary said...

Explain, chus.

If you don't, I'm going to delete your comment as spam.