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Palin Hacker Caught

http://elections.foxnews.com/2008/10/08/tennessee-man-indicted-hacking-palins-e-mail-account/

I don't care who did it, or why. Anyone who steals and posts anyone's personal information, no matter who they are, should be horsewhipped. And anyone who laughed about it should be ashamed of themselves -- imagine the reaction if the same thing had happened to Obama? This is something we should all be enraged about.

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ozma914
Oct. 10th, 2008 05:48 am (UTC)
Me too, but I'll guarantee he'll be defended by people who just plain hate Palin, no matter what.
petzipellepingo
Oct. 9th, 2008 09:04 am (UTC)
It's wrong if anybody does that to anyone, no matter who they are.
ozma914
Oct. 10th, 2008 05:48 am (UTC)
Exactly.
sunshine_tears
Oct. 9th, 2008 11:52 am (UTC)
wow... that is nuts.

And yah, everyone SHOULD be enraged. :(
ozma914
Oct. 10th, 2008 05:49 am (UTC)
Yes, and some actually will be. :-/ But there's such blind hatred toward Palin that some people will defend anyone who does anything bad to her,no matter what.
vichan
Oct. 9th, 2008 12:34 pm (UTC)
I admit I laughed about it, but not at the fact that her personal information was hacked into - because that's just awful, plain and simple.

My laughter was more at the revelation that the infamous 4chan and 'Anonymous' claimed to be involved. The thought of professional internet hackers/trolls getting involved in the US election was giving me fits - especially since they did it they only way they knew how.
ozma914
Oct. 10th, 2008 05:53 am (UTC)
I've heard the names, but I don't know all that much about the hacker/troll world, other than being mystified about why anyone would waste such time and talent just to make other people miserable. Then again, I suppose they'd argue that all my time and talent is being wasted writing fanfiction -- and some would add that my fanfiction makes people miserable. :->

I suppose 3chan and Anonymous have lots of posers claiming to be them, similar to the fake Batmen in "Dark Knight".
empresspatti
Oct. 9th, 2008 01:00 pm (UTC)
All that being said - People should be aware that no matter how secure they think they are, they shouldn't put anything in email they aren't comfortable posting on their front door.

Hacking is easy - esp sites light yahoo, govt is only slightly more secure and email can be forwarded around the globe in seconds.

ozma914
Oct. 10th, 2008 05:56 am (UTC)
Well said. Way too many people flood the internet with their personal information, without a thought. Any stalker in the world could find out how to get to my house without minutes, for instance, although they'd be in for a disappointment. More to the point, I really should delete all those pictures of me conga dancing with the belly dancer at my 21st birthday party.
synaptikchaos
Oct. 10th, 2008 12:47 am (UTC)
Actually Palin should be "horsewhipped" because it is against state and federal LAWS to use private email accounts for government information, which from the screenshots was clearly in her Yahoo account.

The charges brought against him are a little shaky because the law he's accused of breaking is gaining unlawful entry into a computer, which an email account is not. So, we shall see.

Also, it was not a "hack." It was merely a little social engineering. I bet I could one up that and guess your LJ password. :) Everybody has password patterns. Most people use their pet's name.

And I think there would have been a similar reaction if it happened to Obama because radical right-ers are the biggest muckrakers in the world.
synaptikchaos
Oct. 10th, 2008 12:50 am (UTC)
Addendum
Before I left Myspace, I used to go through my friends list and guess passwords. Of my 30 friends or so I guessed 10. Again, mostly pet's names. :p
ozma914
Oct. 10th, 2008 05:48 am (UTC)
Re: Addendum
I guess that's how my MySpace got hacked!

Hey, what were you doing that day ...? :-)
ozma914
Oct. 10th, 2008 05:59 am (UTC)
I disagree, under the argument that two wrongs don't make a right. If I leave my keys in the car and someone steals it, the guy is still a car thief and should be punished accordingly. (I would also argue that the left wing does more than their share of muckraking, but there's plenty of blame to go around.)

Poor Chopper. He made such a great password, too.
vovat
Oct. 14th, 2008 07:46 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I find that amusing in a schadenfreude kind of way, since I don't like Palin, but it's really not right. I mean, I'm not a Christian, but I do try to live by "let he who is without sin cast the first stone," you know?
ozma914
Oct. 15th, 2008 05:57 am (UTC)
I like Palin, although her political leanings tend to be too far right for my taste. She reminds me of my aunts -- all of them. :-) But it doesn't matter a bit in this case -- I'd be just as upset if it was Bill Clinton's e-mails being hacked. (Bet those would be more entertaining, though.)
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