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WASHINGTON – Hackers broke into the Yahoo! e-mail account that Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin used for official business as Alaska's governor, revealing as evidence a few inconsequential personal messages she has received since John McCain selected her as his running mate.

"This is a shocking invasion of the governor's privacy and a violation of law. The matter has been turned over to the appropriate authorities and we hope that anyone in possession of these e-mails will destroy them," the McCain campaign said in a statement.

The Secret Service contacted The Associated Press on Wednesday and asked for copies of the leaked e-mails, which circulated widely on the Internet. The AP did not comply.

The disclosure Wednesday raises new questions about the propriety of the Palin administration's use of nongovernment e-mail accounts to conduct state business. The practice was revealed months ago — prior to Palin's selection as a vice presidential candidate — after political critics obtained internal e-mails documenting the practice by some aides.

One person whose e-mail to Palin apparently was among those disclosed, Amy B. McCorkell, declined to discuss her correspondence. "I do not know anything about it," McCorkell said. "I'm not giving you any comment." Wired.com said McCorkell later confirmed that she did send the e-mail to Palin.

Another of the e-mails apparently revealed Wednesday was an exchange in July with Alaska Lt. Gov. Sean Parnell discussing a talk show host who had been critical of Parnell. Parnell declined to discuss the matter.

Palin herself used "gov.sarah" in one of her e-mail addresses, but the hackers targeted her "gov.palin" account. Her husband used "fek9wnr" in his address. "Fe" is the representation for iron, and "k9" is an abbreviation for canine. Todd Palin was the winner of the grueling Iron Dog snowmobile race, and "fek9wnr" also is Todd Palin's vehicle license tag in Alaska.

It wasn't immediately clear how hackers broke into Palin's Yahoo! account, but it would have been possible to trick the service into revealing her password knowing personal details about Palin that include her birthdate and ZIP code. A hacker also might have sent a forged e-mail to her account tricking her into revealing her own password.

McCorkell was appointed by Palin to an advisory board on issues involving alcohol and drug abuse. One of the leaked e-mails suggested McCorkell wrote to Palin on Sunday to say she was praying for Palin. "Don't let the negative press get you down!" the message said.

(This version CORRECTS Corrects in 7th graf that hackers targeted 'gov.palin' account sted 'gov.sarah' account.)

http://news.yahoo.com/story//ap/20080918/a.../palin_hacked_6

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I can't believe someone would do that, it is despicable, slimy, and scummy

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She uses a Yahoo email account to do official state business?

OK, I'm gonna go ahead and say it: is she retarded?

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She uses a Yahoo email account to do official state business?

OK, I'm gonna go ahead and say it: is she retarded?

It's not like she was doing all her gubernatorial work on there. Shit, sometimes even I use my webmail accounts to do commercial work. In a pinch it works and you get the work done. But from the pics I've seen, it looks like it was mostly personal correspondents with only one address being a SoA address. So this is a flat invasion of privacy for the most part and shouldn't be condoned by hackers or the media (because unlike the media, we're all about privacy).

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She uses a Yahoo email account to do official state business?

.gov email addresses are bound by those pesky email retention laws. The yahoo account has already been deleted.

Destruction of evidence anyone?

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Yeah, I don't condone the invasion of anyone's personal privacy, but let's face it: Web-based email accounts get hacked every day. The only reason it's news is because it was Sarah Palin's account. The only surprise here is that a governor would use Yahoo Mail for any kind of state business.

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Uh... okay, whatever.

Wikileaks seems to have been "Slashdotted" by all this attention.

Meh. Rather un-spectacular.

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Nah this was done by the anon group, and went directly to /b/.

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I have to say all that Christian bullshit in there is rather unsettling.

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Ahhh.

They were Windows users.

Make it go away... It Burns :P

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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7X8NJL3W2U8 - Bill O'Reilly interviewing an "Internet Cop" on the issue.

In it Bill touts his ignorance of how fundamental crime and punishment works. He declares that the owner of the website where screen shots of the e-mails were posted (likely referring to 4chan, but maybe wikileaks) should get arrested. Right, Bill. And the next time the cops do a prostitution sting at a seedy motel, they should arrest the John AND the hotel manager.

Logic mother fucker, do you use it?

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Nah this was done by the anon group, and went directly to /b/.

Erm, you know the anon group is anyone who does something and claims it to be anon right?

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Nah this was done by the anon group, and went directly to /b/.

Erm, you know the anon group is anyone who does something and claims it to be anon right?

Yes.

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Yeah, but the group was "founded" by a bunch 4chan trolls. They generally don't have many "hacking" skills or the "hacker" mind-set, but like to behave in a conspicuous and obnoxious manner on Internet forums. Of course they present themselves as an info-terrorist "hackers" to the uninformed masses, so they're really doing an injustice to the "good name" of real hackers.

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Yeah, I don't condone the invasion of anyone's personal privacy, but let's face it: Web-based email accounts get hacked every day. The only reason it's news is because it was Sarah Palin's account. The only surprise here is that a governor would use Yahoo Mail for any kind of state business.

Heh, people use GMail and other webmails for official business all the time, mang. Take for example when the Great Council of Internet Superheros pwnzed Petko D. Petkov's e-mail. I can easily guarantee that all of us here know multiple people that use webmail for business.

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I honestly don't see how this is a big deal. There are far more interesting things in my own email account. It's hardly a matter of national security.

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I honestly don't see how this is a big deal. There are far more interesting things in my own email account. It's hardly a matter of national security.

Well, "hackers" have "hacked" into a potential vice president's email. I see this as a threat to our national security. What if those so called hackers sold confidential information to terrorists, and we end up with another 9/11 incident? Would you then consider it a matter of national security? Just because there wasn't anything important in there right now doesn't mean there won't be next time.

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I honestly don't see how this is a big deal. There are far more interesting things in my own email account. It's hardly a matter of national security.

Well, "hackers" have "hacked" into a potential vice president's email. I see this as a threat to our national security. What if those so called hackers sold confidential information to terrorists, and we end up with another 9/11 incident? Would you then consider it a matter of national security? Just because there wasn't anything important in there right now doesn't mean there won't be next time.

You really think that high-level government executives use Yahoo Mail?

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The only information I saw in there was a bunch of gossip and self-righteous posturing, and a few indications of who's on the list for Palin's nightly conversations with God.

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I honestly don't see how this is a big deal. There are far more interesting things in my own email account. It's hardly a matter of national security.

Well, "hackers" have "hacked" into a potential vice president's email. I see this as a threat to our national security. What if those so called hackers sold confidential information to terrorists, and we end up with another 9/11 incident? Would you then consider it a matter of national security? Just because there wasn't anything important in there right now doesn't mean there won't be next time.

You really think that high-level government executives use Yahoo Mail?

lol no. If a high-level government executive used Yahoo Mail, he deserves to be pwned. However, it would still be a threat to national security because 1) That person is an idiot and should be taught some things about security 2) There are people out there who want to, for all we know, hack into it and sell the info to terrorist.

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I honestly don't see how this is a big deal. There are far more interesting things in my own email account. It's hardly a matter of national security.

Well, "hackers" have "hacked" into a potential vice president's email. I see this as a threat to our national security. What if those so called hackers sold confidential information to terrorists, and we end up with another 9/11 incident? Would you then consider it a matter of national security? Just because there wasn't anything important in there right now doesn't mean there won't be next time.

You really think that high-level government executives use Yahoo Mail?

Do you think Airline Companies would be stupid enough to let people with sharp weapons on board the plane and if they ever seized it, the US Military with all their advance tech would located it and blast it out of the sky preventing another Pearl Harbor?

Oh wait...

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