It turns out that America’s creationist-in-chief, the pro-hunting, anti-abortion, pregnant-teenage-daughter-spawning Republican vice-Presidential candidate Sarah Palin has about as many internet security credentials as she has foreign policy credentials. David Kernell, the son of a Tennessee state senator from the Republican’s rival Democratic party has got into some hot-water over allegedly breaking into Sarah Palin’s e-mails. And as a consequence, has had his college dorm raided by the FBI. As apparently they frown upon hacking into the e-mail of vice-Presidential candidates.
Apparently the “hacker” – whoever it was – didn’t do anything that you’d expect a “|33t h4x0r” to do. All they did was go through the password reset process on Palin’s firstname.lastname@example.org e-mail address, needing her birthdate and zipcode, and the place where she met her husband – the first two being easily available, and the third presumably revealed in a fluffy biography released by the campaign to humanise her. The hacker then did the next logical thing, and posted screenshots and details on the internet’s mostly high-concentrated patch of weirdos, 4Chan.
Though there was “nothing incriminating” in there, in the words of the hacker, I’m not sure what dirt on her could be better than what’s already known about her: she’s embroiled in a scandal over getting her ex-brother in law sacked, she’s in the pockets of the oil companies, took billions of dollars of federal taxpayers money for a “bridge to nowhere” that never got built and apparently used to support the Alaska Independence Party.
For the hacker though, it looks as though they’ll be charged with a “misdemeanor” – presumably if there were actually any hacking involved it’d be something more severe.