Sarah Palin’s Yahoo! email account has been hacked by Anonymous.

It’s bad enough that Sarah Palin is using a private Yahoo! email account to conduct state business to circumvent public records laws, but she also apparently chooses some pretty easy to guess passwords. The group calling itself “Anonymous” managed to hack her email account:

The internet griefers known as Anonymous took credit for the intrusion, and screenshots of e-mail messages and photos belonging to the Alaska governor have been published by WikiLeaks. Threat Level has confirmed the authenticity of at least one of the e-mails.

The cache of stolen data contains five screenshots from Palin’s account, including the text of an e-mail exchange with Alaska Lt. Gov. Sean Parnell about his campaign for Congress.

Another screenshot shows Palin’s inbox and a third shows the text of an e-mail from Amy McCorkell, whom Palin appointed to the Governor’s Advisory Board on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse in 2007.

The e-mail, a message of support to Palin, tells her not to let negative press get to her and asks Palin to pray for McCorkell, who writes that “I need strength to 1. keep employment, 2. not have to choose.”

The Republican Party hasn’t responded to a call for comment, but McCorkell, reached at her office, confirmed that she did send the e-mail to Palin.

Good to know state secrets will be in such good hands if she becomes VP, eh?

19 thoughts on “Sarah Palin’s Yahoo! email account has been hacked by Anonymous.

  1. Seriously, that is wrong.  On our side there should be no photoshopping, no hacking, no taking quotes out of context, knock off the crude sexual references.  McCain is pulling ahead in the polls and this is part of the reason why. Our side is getting distracted and pulling juvenile stunts while they’re sneaking the election under the door.

    There’s plenty in the public record to discredit Palin – she’s a disaster and she’ll harm this country by sheer incompetence.  Let’s keep the spotlight on that until it catches fire.

  2. “Ethel! Don’t look at that streaker!” But, it was too late. Not that both sides in any political struggle haven’t pulled nasty tricks. Remember Walter Winchell?

  3. Yeah, I gotta agree w/DOF that it’s just plain wrong. 

    (On the other hand, if they’d done it to Karl Rove or Dick Cheney, they’d be my lunch box heroes.  Those b@$+@rd$ have slithered in the shadows for too d—n long.)

  4. I hope these hackers haven’t compromised the case against Palin by rendering these emails inadmissible in court.

    Of course it’s wrong, but I don’t care if it’s admissible in court.  Anonymous isn’t some expert hacker group.  The contents of the email are irrelevant.  It’s the fact that they were hacked.  We’re talking about another example of the “Science is BAD” crowd being embarrassed because they don’t know how to deal with technology.  For that reason alone they shouldn’t be allowed to run the country.

    And for the record, Anonymous is cool smile

  5. What case against her?  Did I miss something in the news or was it something on wikileaks which I can’t see because it’s now down?  I wonder if it got flooded with traffic or if the gov’t shut it down.

    I agree with what I’ve heard quite a few times now, we should leave Sarah Palin alone and go after McCain.  I don’t know how or why, but she is golden to the Republicans.  Okay, I do know how and why.  She’s pretty and super conservative.

  6. Not saying we should leave Sarah alone; if McCain is elected there’s an excellent chance she will finish his term.  The content of her character, which is certainly nothing to celebrate, matters. 

    But in going after her we need to avoid methods that discredit the important points: she isn’t qualified, she isn’t honest, and she is a genuine religious whacko who thinks Armageddon is a good thing.

    McCain is no prize himself.  Neither should get a pass, or be elected.

  7. What dof said.  People hacking email accounts, unless they are doing so for legitimate reasons, such as, say, discovering the whereabouts of a kidnapped child or stolen plutonium, are wrong; and they are not on my side, no matter how they vote.

  8. I wasn’t in any way suggesting that this was a “win for our side.” My concern is that this woman is putting official government business on Yahoo! mail servers as a means of avoiding the law.

    As it turns out the account hacked wasn’t the one she was using for official business, but her personal account and she chose a really stupid password:

    Though criticism of Palin’s use of the Yahoo account had largely focused on worries about transparency, Donald Mitchell, the attorney for an Alaska citizen-watchdog who had been seeking disclosure of the governor’s e-mail records, also broached security concerns. “There’s a reason the governor should be using her own official e-mail channels, because of security and encryption,” Mitchell told The Washington Post, “She’s running state business out of Yahoo?”

    Though the authenticity of the released material was initially questioned, the McCain-Palin campaign today confirmed what it called a “shocking invasion of the Governor’s privacy and a violation of law.” The account hacked was not the publicly-known “gov.sarah@yahoo.com” but a second, private address apparently used by close friends and family, “gov.palin@yahoo.com.” The public profiles for those accounts have since been deleted, though Yahoo would not confirm whether the same was true of the accounts themselves.

    According to a timeline compiled by users at the online chat board 4Chan, an anonymous poster appeared on the “Random” board known as /b/, claiming to have accessed Palin’s account. Skeptical posters apparently dismissed the claim as a hoax, until the hacker posted the password (“popcorn”), prompting groups of forum users to log in. One of these—who appears to be the source of the documents released on Wikileaks—subsequently changed the password and notified one of Palin’s assistants via e-mail. That user, however, inadvertently included the new password in the released screenshots, prompting a second flood that triggered Yahoo’s security lockdown.

    It leaves one to question if she’d be so cavalier in trying to avoid other public records laws in other areas.

  9. It leaves one to question if she’d be so cavalier in trying to avoid other public records laws in other areas.

    The answer to that seemed obvious to me; I never questioned it for a moment.

  10. Are you trying to tell me that stupid and computer illiterate are not qualifications for high office?  tongue wink snake

  11. @DOF- The problem with what you say is that Anon is not on your side at all. If Biden or Obama or Ron Paul or whatever other policians you can think of used private emails, then Anon would go after them too. Anon does not have a political agenda, all they want is to stir up shitstorms to piss people off.

  12. all they want is to stir up shitstorms to piss people off.

    Yeah, in blogging we call people who intentionally stir up trouble “trolls”.  But Anon is only one example; I’ve seen lots of stupid rejoinders to Palin/McCain.  Dirty tricks, no matter who does them, undermine the perception of legitimate points.

    It’s the same principle of ceding the moral high ground in a war.  That is not something that should be given up easily.

  13. Anonymous is basically the exact defination of a troll, actually. They also have zero sense of morality, so any target is fair game. As a matter of fact they enjoy being demonized so all the news sites doing this is just feeding their ego. The only way to stop them is ignoring them (like all trolls). Speaking of targets, they’ve gotten annoyed at being called liberals, so don’t be surprised if they attack some liberals too.

  14. I liked anonymous so much better when they were just going after Scientology.  Personally, I think someone co-opted the name.  Since you’re not supposed to know who they are in the first place, how would we know?

  15. As it turns out the account hacked wasn’t the one she was using for official business, but her personal account and she chose a really stupid password:

    Les, just wanted to point out that “popcorn” was the what the “hacker” changed the password to.  That doesn’t mean Palin’s account didn’t suffer from some major security deficiencies… The “hacker” originally gained access through the “forgot password” feature by easily finding the answers to her questions which were about her zipcode, where she met her husband and I believe her birthday? Not 100% sure about that last one though.

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