Breaking--Palin's Personal Email Account Hacked

Amanda Carpenter
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Posted: Sep 17, 2008 4:40 PM
Sarah Palin's personal email account has been broken into by internet hackers.
Here's what you need to know:

WHAT HAPPENED
Palin’s personal Yahoo account has been hacked into by a group called Anonymous. Their stolen data was published online by various websites.

WHY THIS IS IMPORTANT
Sarah Palin’s personal emails have been sought by her foes to dig up dirt on TrooperGate. She released her official emails for the investigation, but not her personal ones.

WHAT WAS FOUND
Emails, family photos and personal contact information for Palin and her family members.

The hackers took five screenshots from Palin’s email that included two full emails and a list of her inbox list. In one email Palin was critical of a talk radio host who was giving her Lt. Governor, who is currently running against Don Young for Congress, a hard time over tax issues. In the other, a woman who Palin named to the state’s drug and alcohol advisory board sent prayers to Palin and told her not to let the “negative press wear you down." A photo of Trig Palin was also found in the email cache, uploaded from Bristol Palin's cell phone. This means Bristol's personal cellphone number was made publicly available on the internet. Bloggers at Gawker.com posted the personal, family photos and called the phone number. It went to Bristol's voicemail. They also reprinted Palin's husband Todd's and son Track's personal email addresses.

CRIMINAL IMPACT
Of course this represents an incredible invasion of privacy and email hacking is a federal crime, punishable up to 5 years in prison.

WHO SHOULD BE IN TROUBLE
The hackers who stole the data and Gawker.com, a site that promoted these illegally seized emails.