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Monday, September 22, 2008

Stupid Hack

posted by on September 22 at 17:01 PM

I’ve accidentally dignified—or denigrated—that kid is alleged to have broken into Sarah Palin’s email account. Hacker? Hardly, says our info systems administrator…

Compromising Palin’s Yahoo email account was just a matter of knowing the email address, and being able to guess that “Wasilla high” was what she’d entered as the place she’d met her husband, both of which were in the public record. Yahoo deserves some scorn on this point. This was less a hack than the result of pushing on a door and watching it swing open.

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1

This is what FOX News is talking about, of course, meanwhile our economy implodes while the other (semi) credible outlets discuss the challenge of getting ourselves stabilized

Posted by Non | September 22, 2008 5:11 PM
2

Boingboing.net and Consumerist.com have both featured stories on the dubious security of so-called security questions. Their general point is that anyone who knows you (ie an ex, a sibling) can answer questions such as "what is your father's middle name" and "where did you go to high school." So, yes, this kid is hardly a hacker - though I applaud his ability to gain access to Palin's email, since a request through the proper public disclosure channels would apparently have been fruitless, since she claims her Yahoo account to be her "personal" account.

Posted by Lucky | September 22, 2008 5:13 PM
3

You shouldn't sneak around guessing things like this. It's wrong.

And 2 wrongs etc.

Posted by PC | September 22, 2008 5:15 PM
4

Bottom line to me is that this woman was using a non-government email account to conduct government business.

This is reason enough (among many for me) to keep her from becoming VP.

Posted by notonthehill | September 22, 2008 5:17 PM
5

Meanwhile, the U.S. banking system collapses and China purchases the rights to each male born in this nation after 11/4/08.

Posted by hohoho green giant | September 22, 2008 5:17 PM
6

i'm still shocked that they got into her private e-mail (where she conducted "private" business) and actually saved, what? two random e-mails? i am sure there was plenty of incriminating information in there that could have swayed the course of history.

Posted by jrrrl | September 22, 2008 5:24 PM
7

LOL and spot on @4


YAHOO, no less. Thats only one step up from Hotmail

Posted by Non | September 22, 2008 5:24 PM
8

My Ex guessed my password recovery question in just a few tries and then had full access to my e-mail account, Yahoo used to ask "What's your favorite food" as one of their "Security Questions"

Posted by Colton | September 22, 2008 6:13 PM
9

That was all it took to "hack" her account that she was conducting government business with? Holy shit. Anybody could have done that. This woman is truly mentally challenged.

Posted by Julie in Chicago | September 22, 2008 6:15 PM
10

What situation ethicists LOL.

1. It was ok cuz Yahoo shoulda had tougher security measures.
2. She was using her private email to do public business so it was ok.

It's not really hacking when the target is someone we don't like. Amazing.

Posted by Bob | September 22, 2008 6:17 PM
11

I told you that, check your comments sometime.

Posted by Chris | September 22, 2008 6:18 PM
12

@10 - No, it just shows the Country how ethically and intellectually challenged Palin is. She tried to use the Bush administration trick of using outside email accounts to dodge accountability to the people of Alaska. Just didn't quite pull it off by using yahoo.

Now, I wonder what she was hiding in those emails. - Devious plans to take over the world or just Moose recipes and lists of government workers to fire because they made her mad?

Posted by Hotmail | September 22, 2008 6:40 PM
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@10, nobody is saying it's ethical, but it was clearly inevitable -- like if you leave a folder saying "super juicy government secrets -- do not open!" on the corner and 3rd and pike, someone's going to open it pretty fast.

people who are saying they weren't "hackers" are just arguing the terminology.

Posted by jrrrl | September 22, 2008 6:48 PM
14


Yes, and behind that door was a 13 year old girl writing emails to her mom.

Bzzzzt.

Posted by John Bailo | September 22, 2008 6:56 PM
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@10. You're an idiot. No one is saying that it was okay for this guy to access her account. Just as if you leave your front door wide open, that still doesn't excuse the thief who steals your TV. We are just pointing out the fact that Sarah Palin's front door was open, and inside was some pretty important shit.

Posted by Julie in Chicago | September 22, 2008 7:16 PM
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@14
So, how long have you been reading emails from 13 year old girls?

Posted by Sad Comment | September 22, 2008 7:19 PM
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@10 - If I run through the middle of East Baltimore at night with a clear plastic bag full of $100 dollar bills shouting "My oh my, whatever shall I do with my lovely lottery winnings? Perhaps I will buy a new Benz as the old one has gotten dusty!" whoever grabs the money and shoots me is still a robber/murderer. However, it could perhaps be argued that I contributed to my situation.

Yes, it was wrong to hack into Palin's account, but it was woefully stupid to use something like Yahoo for official state business. What if the hacker had decided to send out fake emails from her "personal address" instead? They could have at least cause her embarrassment, at worst caused real chaos. If you're going to try to dodge the proper channels of government accountablity, at least be halfway-competent.

Posted by Beguine | September 22, 2008 7:24 PM
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@14: Sarah Palin knows full well your emails are not really from a 13 year old girl, you sick fuck.

Posted by banjoboy | September 22, 2008 7:25 PM
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I think it is OK to do this kind of thing to someone as bad as Sarah Palin. She's scum. I wouldn't feel sorry for Hitler if they broke into his email either. If Hitler had been alive when Yahoo! existed.

That said, all hackers are scum. We should round up all types of hackers and hacker wanna-be's and ship them to gitmo permanently. The worst are the "hobbyist" hackers who pride themselves on exploring networks and figuring out how things work. They make it that much harder to throw these criminals in jail where they belong.

Posted by elenchos | September 22, 2008 7:30 PM
20

It's Cracking, not Hacking


Todays lesson is over, armchair cowboys.

Posted by bobcat | September 22, 2008 7:45 PM
21

I say we give the kid a hot pocket and put him in a reality show with the two guys from the next post.

Posted by Hotmail | September 22, 2008 8:33 PM
22

You can call it hacking, but it's more the social engineering variety. Think "Spanish Prisoner" but for bad customer service business models.

Posted by pork | September 22, 2008 10:04 PM
23

Wow, thanks for making my point 12, 13, 15, 17, 19. You all make it so easy for the wingnuts with your sputtering efforts to actually say something is (hold on for the scary W word) wrong. Spare me your cognitive distortions or as those in the offender rehabiliation business call them: "stinking thinking"

Posted by Bob | September 22, 2008 10:54 PM
24

Only one thing "stinking" here Bob, I recommend that you might want to try a breathe mint.

Posted by Sad Comment | September 22, 2008 10:58 PM
25

Bob, you make zero sense. We are saying breaking into someone's account is wrong. Why do you have a problem with that? Come back when you can make a coherent point.

Posted by Julie in Chicago | September 23, 2008 7:15 AM
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There is a humorous video take on this story here, http://beema.wordpress.com/2008/09/22/news/. 

Posted by VidCrayzee | September 23, 2008 10:53 AM
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No, wait. I am saying breaking in to Sarah Palin's email account is A-OK. Go get her! And everyone like her. Fuck Sarah Palin.

Bob, I know one way to spare you these objectionable ideas: Leave.

Fucking pussy.

Posted by elenchos | September 23, 2008 5:28 PM

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