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Anonymous hacks Palin's Hotmail Account

edited September 2008 in Politics
September 17th, 2008
Sarah Palin’s Yahoo account hijacked, e-mails posted online
Posted by Ryan Naraine @ 10:40 am

Categories: Patch Watch, Hackers, Browsers, Exploit code, Data theft, Pen testing, Privacy, Symantec, Passwords, Web 2.0

Tags: e-Mail Account, Yahoo! Inc., Activist, Sarah Palin, E-mail, Online Communications, Ryan Naraine

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On the heels of media reports that Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin was using a private Yahoo e-mail account ( to conduct Alaska state business, hackers have broken into the account and posted evidence of the hijack on Wikileaks.

An activist group calling itself ‘anonymous’ claimed responsibility for the compromise and released screenshots, photographs and the e-mail addresses of several people close to Palin, including her husband Todd and assistant Ivy Frye.

Here’s the announcement from Wikileaks:

Circa midnight Tuesday the 16th of September (EST) Wikileaks’ sources loosely affiliated with the activist group ‘anonymous’ gained access to U.S. Republican Party Vice-presidential candidate Sarah Palin’s Yahoo email account Governor Palin has come under criticism for using private email accounts to avoid government transparency mechanisms. The zip archive made available by Wikileaks contains screen shots of Palin’s inbox, example emails, address book and two family photos. The list of correspondence, together with the account name, appears to re-enforce the criticism.

The list of e-mails include an exchange with Alaskan Lieutenant Governor Sean Parnell about his campaign for Congress and an e-mail from Amy McCorkell, whom Palin appointed to the Governor’s Advisory Board on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse in 2007.

Wired’s Threat Level reports that McMcCorkell confirmed that she did send the e-mail to Palin.

Following the release of this story, both Sarah Palin’s better known account and the account have been suspended or deleted as revealed by a test email sent to these addresses by Wikileaks. Although the reasons for the deletion of both accounts can not not yet be established, one interpretation is that Palin is trying to destroy her email records.

Wikileaks said it may release additional e-mails should they prove be of political substance.


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    Sorry. Fixed Now.
  • They didn't 'break into' it, it was a freaking yahoo account, and people have known about it for ~ a week. It's just that people finally got into it a couple nights ago.
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    Does anybody else feel the need to stab O'Reilly and Amanda Carpenter in the face?
    Post edited by chaosof99 on
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    ME. I do. O'Reilly doesn't know what the hell he's talking about. You can't "book" the owner of a website if he doesn't provide the content. The DMCA specifically protects him from that. And the fact of the matter is that no one can really know if this is the same "anonymous" which is anti-scientology, or a different one because everyone on 4chan is anonymous by default.
    Hello Members of The FBI in conjunction with Secret Service and DOJ is requesting records of IP and posting information from the administrators of this site. We are offering a limited time offer of limited immunity to those who confess to the recent hacking of Vice-Presidential candidate Sarah Palin’s Yahoo email account. Those who step forward with evidence will be treated leniently, while the full force of law will be applied to those captured at a later date.

    You may turn yourself in via report to The Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3) [] or you may call your local FBI office or call (202) 278-2000 and ask to be directed to Special Agent Henry Stewart at Bureau HQ in Washington, DC.
    Seriously? I've seen very similar supposed FBI notices on 4chan relating to "CP". It's fake, and everyone knows it. And even if it isn't, moot doesn't keep any logs of IP addresses, he said so at ROFL-con, so it would be pointless.
    And if Sarah Palin uses a Yahoo account for her personal mail, especially now that she's running for office, serves her right.
    This makes me so inexplicably mad.
    Post edited by Victor Frost on
  • Isn't this a federal crime?
  • Isn't this a federal crime?
    Not if you are the government or a major telecommunications company.
  • All a breakin like this proves is that she's technologically incompetent. This fact in and of itself is not news.
  • PWNED!

    This kind of business is always funny to observe.
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    Oh shut up. You're making me laugh.
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