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Hackers Use Google to Break Into Palin's Email Account

After her account was hacked and the contents published on Wikileaks, it became apparent that Palin was using her personal Yahoo! account to conduct government business.

With alleged subject titles for received and sent emails including, “FW: Motor Fuel Tax Suspension,” “FW: CONFIDENTIAL Ethics Matter,” “Draft letter to Governor Schwarzenegger / Container Tax,” “RE: Using Royalty Oil to Lower the Cost of Fuel for Alaskans,” “Court of Appeals / Executive Director Parole Board / Boards and Commissions” and our personal favorite, “FW: DPS Personnel and Budget Issues,” (DPS Being Department of Public Safety, which happens to be in charge of Alaskan State Troopers) the public is rightly concerned about how tight security is regarding the communication of sensitive matters.

The hack was easy. So very, very easy. Many people think of hackers as people crouched over their computers for hours, busily trying to crack codes and passwords. This was not the case. Tip one, if you’re going to conduct official government business using "sarah.gov@yahoo.com" you might want to make sure your personal details and the answer to your “secret” security question aren’t readily available on Google.

The hacker reset Palin’s password using her birthday, ZIP code and the fact that she met her husband while in high school, something that is now common knowledge following the revelation that Palin’s own pregnant teenage daughter will be marrying her high school boyfriend.

The individual behind the incident has not yet been identified and the FBI and Secret Service are conducting an investigation into the incident.

  • the library of google once again proves its might. In google we trust.
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  • The Schnoz
    The ironic thing is they did it using John McCain's Blackberry
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  • tim851
    This is partly Yahoo's (and other mail providers) fault. It used to be, that you could enter a security question yourself, like "How many hairs do I have on my balls?". Then they fixed it and locked you into a bunch of stupid questions, the majority of which could easily be answered by most of your colleagues at work. Which kinda defeats the whole purpose of a *security* question.

    Granted, people with an internet prowess higher than that of a drunken monkey don't answer these questions anymore, but that kinda defeats the whole purpose of a security question too.
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  • jhansonxi
    tim851It used to be, that you could enter a security question yourself, like "How many hairs do I have on my balls?". Then they fixed it and locked you into a bunch of stupid questions, the majority of which could easily be answered by most of your colleagues at work.Only if you assume the answer needs to be in context to the question. Nobody is checking that your answer to a zip code question is "0 hairs".
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  • eklipz330
    lmfao at google we trust!! i hope this guy doesn't get caught lol
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  • I call this vigilante justice. The woman is already under investigation for corruption charges and wrongful termination of government employees. Now we find out through this that she was conducting government business through Yahoo email, most likely to avoid freedom of information acts. Why is she running for VP again? Is the Republican Party TRYING to destroy any shred of credibility it has left?
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  • crosshares
    In Google we trust indeed. XD
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  • njalterio
    HAIL GOOGLE!!!
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  • jivdis1x
    "I call this vigilante justice. The woman is already under investigation for corruption charges and wrongful termination of government employees. Now we find out through this that she was conducting government business through Yahoo email, most likely to avoid freedom of information acts. Why is she running for VP again? Is the Republican Party TRYING to destroy any shred of credibility it has left?"

    No website is spare from another liberal wackjob!
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  • adamk890
    VIVE LE GOOGLE!!!

    This is a bit of a slap towards republican security. I suppose its time the "grand old party" gets an IT guy...
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