No Indictment For Palin Email Hacker


Posted September 23, 2008 - By timbococ

…So far. After a morning session where his three roommates appeared before a grand jury, no indictments have been filed against University of Tennessee student David Kernell (pictured, right), who authorities believe may have “hacked” into VP-hopeful Governor Sarah Palin’s Yahoo email account.

The “hack” was as simple as resetting her password, requiring her birth date, zip code, and answering her security question (where she met her spouse—Wasilla High): Information David found on Wikipedia and with a couple of Google searches. The shockingly easy pwnage of Gov. Palin’s account also shocked David, who simply did not know what to do with the newly-unlocked account. So he (maybe, allegedly), under the handle “rubico” gave the password to everyone who cared to look, in the infamous 4chan /b/ forum.

Though he only publicly posted a few screenshots of Palin’s inbox and the text of a couple messages, “rubico” then gave the password (“popcorn”) to the forum. A flurry of activity with hundreds trying to log in to Palin’s account and reset the password followed, which triggered a security feature, locking up the email account for 24 hours. Within those 24 hours, the account was deleted.

Upon realizing what he had done, “rubico” wrote in the forum, “I panicked, I still wanted the stuff out there but I didn’t know how to [rapidshare] all that stuff, so I posted the [password] on /b/, and then promptly deleted everything, and unplugged my internet and just sat there in a comatose state.”

So, the grand jury may yet meet again to hear more evidence, but so far David Kernell has not been charged with any crime for his alleged “hack.”

A few lessons here: Hacking someone’s email account is bad and illegal, no matter how easy. Also, make sure your security questions cannot be answered with a Google search, especially if you are a celebrity or other highly-visible person, and especially if the contents and secrecy of your email account are controversial.

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No Indictment For Palin Email Hacker


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