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Hackers break into Sarah Palin’s inbox!

UPDATE: For a follow-up on the situation, see here.

It appears the infamous group of cyber-mischief makers “anonymous” are up to their old tricks, and this time they had Governor Palin in their sights.

While this has not been completely confirmed, it seems that some time over night or early this morning, somebody was able to compromise “gov.palin@yahoo.com,” by apparently discovering the password to the account.  The password was posted to a public forum, 4chan.org, and a field day ensued.  Within a short time, another “anonymous” had changed the password on the account to effectively lock everybody else out, and later this morning the account had been locked completely by Yahoo.

Anonymous is the same group responsible for such stunts as the NFL dirty bomb threat in October 2006, and has more recently been behind organized global protests of Scientology.

Just last week, the Washington Post published an article about Sarah Palin’s use of this very same Yahoo e-mail account.  Palin’s use of a public e-mail service rather than the secure state e-mail system raised some eyebrows, as she was potentially communicating about sensitive matters, off the record, on a third party service.  Arguing that she should be using the secure and encrypted state e-mail system, an activist in her state had called for the release of her e-mails.

Well, it looks like lawyers won’t be necessary, as “anonymous” might have done the job for them.

The images below were posted to a Photobucket account owned by a user named “anoncrack.”  They include a message to Lieutenant Governor Sean Parnell, a message of encouragement from Amy McCorkell (a member of Palin’s Advisory Board on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse in Alaska), general screen shots of Palin’s inbox, a message from the “anonymous” who apparently tried to close off access to Palin’s inbox, and some family photos that were found in attachments.

UPDATE: 2:00PM EST, Wired News is now reporting this story, and has received confirmation from Amy McCorkell that she indeed sent the message that appears in one of the screen shots.



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  • PookyBear

    I don’t know about anyone else, but I have several email accounts–some personal and some for work. However, sometimes I use personal ones for work and sometimes I receive personal email at work. Perhaps as a politician, Palin should have been more careful about mixing email, but I hardly see how it is nefarious on the face of it.

  • bob mizrahi

    im glad she is a dingbat and so is any republican

  • AD

    Yes – Gov Palin’s email is being posted along with pictures and email and cell phone numbers of some of her family on “Gawkr” –

    Shameless – just so they could get a headline and you can’t tell me that it started with them – someone else is poking to find any dirt they can -

    Chicago politics on display

    Read another blog that knows the DOJ and because Gov. Palin is a Candidate for VP and this is a breach regarding her privacy and identity, Secret Service is also involved.

    Somebody is in real bad trouble!

  • Cory

    Why are you posting e-mails that have been illegally obtained?

  • nons

    I found out how easy it is to get into a Yahoo account on this site –

    http://dontmoan.blogspot.com/2008/09/how-to-hack-hotmail-account.html

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  • http://www.jackrabbitcafe.blogspot.com JohnnyRussia
  • http://www.jackrabbitcafe.blogspot.com JohnnyRussia

    [...] Tech Voice is reporting that one of the hackers got Palin’s password: [...]

    Yes. It was “JesusFreak”

  • Memphisisdead

    The point is that it has been reported that she is conducting government business through her personal account to avoid those emails being called into court. If they are state or government related then they are public record. Get over it.

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  • Ron J

    hey dunderheads. Any evidence you think you might have uncovered in Sarahs e-mails CAN NO LONGER BE USED IN COURT because it was ILLEGALLY OBTAINED! But I’m sure those harmless pranksters will have 5 to 7 years to think about it in Federal prison REAL SOON!

  • victory

    I find it interesting that the liberal hackers and other fellow travelers think the end justifies the means. How marxist of them. They better be careful the revolution doesn’t really start, however. Given the history of the US, we are much more likely to turn fascist than leftist. They’ll all be swinging from a rope or wind up with a bullet in the brain once things turn really bad.

  • wtf

    Hey victory,

    Fuck you! Its only okay for the Bush administration to look through everyone’s e-mail without a warrant? You’re scum and your idle threats are really going to make me wet my bed.

    -wtf

  • Sid

    You are mostly a bunch of idiots, the woman is sleaze. She deserves the hack because of her continuous and evident abuse of power.

  • Gift

    To wtf,
    If you’re right about that, you’ll be dead. Typical, for the tragically hip.
    To Sid,
    “deserves the hack”: wtf? what do you deserve, if I’m the judge & jury, bitch?
    You socialists better get down w’ what iz. The majority of us are center right. If by some mischance socialists gain all 3 houses, will the majority stand by?
    The government derives its just powers from the People.

  • Anon

    “They are nobodies.”

    We are Anon, we are everybody

  • AD

    They know who “anonymous” is – It’s a 20 year old from Tennessee – got this froma a reliable blog – here is update:

    UPDATE: ApparentlyMichelle Malkin received an email from the culprit explaining what happened. Key verse?

    “Earlier it was just some prank to me, I really wanted to get something incriminating which I was sure there would be, just like all of you anon out there that you think there was some missed opportunity of glory, well there WAS NOTHING, I read everything, every little blackberry confirmation… all the pictures, and there was nothing, and it finally set in, THIS internet was serious business, yes I was behind a proxy, only one, if this shit ever got to the FBI I was (explicit deleted), I panicked, i still wanted the stuff out there but I didn’t know how to (explicit deleted) all that stuff, so I posted the pass on /b/, and then promptly deleted everything, and unplugged my internet and just sat there in a comatose state”

    Son, you have no idea how much trouble you are in. Put it this way, if the FBI/SS get a hold of you “comatose” would be a picnic.

    UPDATE: The UK Register, a tech website claims to have identified someone who can help lead to “Anonymous”.

    “Memo to law enforcement investigators tracking down who broke into Sarah Palin’s Yahoo email account: Gabriel Ramuglia might be a good place to start.

    The 25-year-old webmaster and entrepreneur is the operator of Ctunnel.com, the browsing proxy service used by the group that hacked into the vice presidential candidate’s personal email account and exposed its contents to the world. While he has yet to examine his logs, he says there’s a good chance they will lead to those responsible, thanks to some carelessness on their part.

    “Usually, this sort of thing would be hard to track down because it’s Yahoo email, and a lot of people use my service for that,” he told El Reg in a phone interview. “Since they were dumb enough to post a full screenshot that showed most of the [Ctunnel.com] URL, I should be able to find that in my log.”

    Ramuglia got into the proxy business a few years ago, after schools began blocking access to an online game site he used to co-own. Pretty soon, people began using the proxy service to access YouTube, Gmail, MySpace, and dozens of other sites that are routinely blocked by IT departments.”

    Now awaiting an update on “Gawkr” – rumor has it that court order could be on the way for a shut down

    WARNING ARTVoice – you better take down the screencaps if you don’t want to be next!

  • AD

    wtf -

    This is true if your consorting with Terrorists – Domestic or Foreign and remember
    It was okay for the Clinton Admins to eavesdrop wasn’t it? Nobody questioned his authority.

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  • Darin H

    Seriously, you should probably remove the screencaps. Knowing that they were obtained illegally and then posting them? Bad news (to make it easy for you to understand, it’s like accessory after the fact)

  • wtf

    Gift and AD,

    Is it possible that the two of you might be able to get together and post a coherent sentence? Please?

    The only terrorist in this country are right wing nutjobs like yourself and a couple animal lover groups who are afraid to hurt anyone.

    The Clinton administration did not spy on Americans, the Bush admin did. Get your fucking facts straight. And if any US Govt (Dem or Rep) spies on its own citizens it deserves all the contempt that you so fondly shower on liberals! But instead your argument is that it is okay because you think that Clinton did it?

    How fucked up is that! That great founding fathers of our country would have pissed down your throat! You are a pathetic excuse for an American!

    Land of the Free and home of the Brave? Maybe if you ‘so scared shitless of terrorists that you throw away the constitution pussies’ move to China where you belong…then maybe.

    Until then, all your idle death threats will be met with force.

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  • Gift

    To wtf:
    So you’re a union thug pee hag? Rara avis! Most taxonomies of the Left don’t even list your type. Wow. That’s really hip. Can you do your chest-thumping display for all of us again, please?

  • alco

    Well … Obama’s “New Democrats” will be going after Hillary’s email accounts next if they haven’t already.

  • http://www.eatabullet.com James Norden

    “Anonymous” are CHILDREN. Cowardly nobodies crying for attention. But afraid and without the guts to really stand up, otherwise why would they remain “Anonymous”? The only group more desperate for attention are the “9-11 Truthers”, another bunch of basement-dwelling zilches.

  • lies

    So its ok for the government to read my personal emails?

    But they get pissy when i wanna read theirs?

  • Gina

    Throughout the entire primaries and the general election, the Obama campaign has played dirty politics. In addition to the never ending vitriol of the Obama bloggers on the internet, nearly every time I have posted a supportive blog for Hillary Clinton … and, then for McCain/Palin … my computer’s mailbox has been inundated with hundreds of pieces of email spam. Another example of under handed behavior by Obama’s henchmen, is that they have been organized to approach retirement homes, as volunteer community speakers … only to visit multiple times spewing lop sided pro-Obama, and negative McCain propaganda to elderly people, to get their votes in November. And, now we can see unprincipled politicians and bias media hacks using the race card … telling people ” if you don’t vote for Obama, you must be a racist”. Usually, when Americans uncover such despicable tactics, they can count on the mainstream media to expose it to the public … however, in this case, most of the mainstream media is in the tank for Obama … so, they either look the other way, or they make phony biased excuses to mischaracterize, and cover up what’s really happening.

  • http://web.mac.com/writecoast/iWeb/Site/Blog/Blog.html Peggy McGilligan

    While there’s no law per se against a private citizen gathering evidence, lots of people do things everyday for which they may be held to account. Not that Governor Palin is among them. I wouldn’t expect to find anything incriminating. Citizens do have rights though, the right to be secure in their papers among them. Due to the electronic medium, the Sarah Palin case should be groundbreaking. Here’s something: whenever one’s cell phone is switched on, not necessarily making a call mind you, just turned on, that even if it’s not a GPS enabled device, it emits a signal that anyone who might know your SIM card number may track with an array of inexpensive software. GOOGLE GPS tracking devices. The phone’s speaker can also be remotely switched on for use as a listening device. Perhaps you’re wondering, as did I, how certain individuals seem to know your whereabouts, or manage to show up when and where they do. GPS, email, and high tech devices lend the good, the bad & the ugly a level of sophistication hitherto unimagined. Cell phone option: when not in use, remove the battery: http://theseedsof9-11.com

  • jack

    Barracuda refused to turn over 1100 emails in a F.O.I.A. Stating they are of a personal nature, when they are not. That’s a federal crime. It’s a pre-meditated crime,which to commit the crime of illegally shielding government documents is why she was using the account in the first place. Moreover the Attorney Generals Office of the great state of Alaska just issued an opinion that if government documents are in a private e-mail account,the State has the right to review them, that they must be saved for three years, and that to destroy (delete) them is a crime.In my opinion, Palin or someone in her employment (McCorkell? Having a P.I. Background & couldn’t resist giving herself 2 min. of fame)done this as an excuse to delete and/or discredit the account.I believe the trail will lead back to them if it’s followed in a prudent manner. Everyone so smart call this hacker so dumb.Do we have a sloppy hacker or a smart and devious hacker framing the kid?don’t say no or act like you’re so smart if you haven’t considered it.If the I.P. Addy matches the kid in question yet it still doesn’t add up a then programs like netbus or back orifice with a built in wiping routine should be considered. These are common names for a trojan jacker that a hacker can take over your computer use it without you knowing it,then attack others with your computer address.It turns your computer into a proxy..after the deed is done it can erase itself and fill in where it was with random bytes. Anyone can download these programs off the net in a matter of three minutes..Remember M.O.M. (means,opportunity,& motive)Who really has all three? Palin…Let us not forget the bug Karl Rove found in his Texas office and the WHOLE story behind that!! What, you don’t know what I’m talking about? Oh well whatever nevermind

  • wtf

    Gift: “Can you do your chest-thumping display for all of us again, please?”

    Oh you do like that chest thumping don’t you! Turns you wingnuts on doesn’t it? I’ll leave the chest thumping to your idle in the Whitehouse. Wouldn’t want you and Larry Craig to get turned on by a liberal.

    Jackass!

    love,
    -wtf

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