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Sarah Palin vs the hacker. (BARF ALERT!!!)
Daily Telegraph ^ | 27 May 2010 | Bobbie Johnson

Posted on 05/27/2010 9:00:19 AM PDT by ScaniaBoy

It was just after midnight on September 16 2008. Somewhere in the heart of the United States, a web surfer known only by the nickname ‘Rubico’ flipped open his laptop and stared intently at the screen.

It was the height of the US presidential election campaign and the television was filled with images of Sarah Palin, who had been confirmed as John McCain’s running mate.

Earlier, Rubico had wondered whether a hunch he’d had about an email security flaw meant it would be possible to access her private messages. It was time to find out.

The first piece of the puzzle – knowing which account belonged to Palin – was already in place.

The governor’s personal email address had become public knowledge following a controversy that revealed she had been sending messages about official Alaska state business using a private account (gov.palin@yahoo.com), not illegal but seriously frowned upon.

Rubico knew that the security procedures on Yahoo! email accounts were incredibly flimsy.

Once he knew Palin’s address, all he had to do was guess the answers to a handful of ‘secret’ security questions about her – all of which, if she had answered them truthfully, could be easily deduced.

So, he logged on, told Yahoo! that he had forgotten the password to Palin’s account and started trying to gain access. It could hardly have been easier.

............

As Kernell’s friend Brett Ballinger - sitting in the quad of the university - asked: ‘What are they trying to push on him? Did any of them ever sit down and ask, “How did he really hurt these people and is it worth us going and destroying his life?’”

(Excerpt) Read more at telegraph.co.uk ...


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Crime/Corruption; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: bobbiejohnson; brettballinger; davidkernell; hackedemail; kernell; lsm; palin; palinemail; palinfreeperping; sarahpalin; uk; waronsarah
The first comment posted by ScaniaBoy reads:

"This young man knew exactly what he was doing - except that he was not expert enough to cover his own tracks. He has been rightly convicted and is now waiting for the sentencing. Hopefully he'll get far more than just a slap on the wrist."

This was what was posted:

Has the Daily Telegraph turned into Britain's anti-Palin paper? This young man knew exactly what he was doing - except that he was not expert enough to cover his own tracks. He has been rightly convicted and is now waiting for the sentencing. Hopefully he'll get far more than just a slap on the wrist. But what now for the Daily Telegraph? Maybe off to Alaska to defend the stalker who has just moved in next to the Palins.

Don't I just love that silent editing?

1 posted on 05/27/2010 9:00:19 AM PDT by ScaniaBoy
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To: ScaniaBoy
Sarah Palin vs the hacker.

Hacker FAIL. Palin WIN.

2 posted on 05/27/2010 9:02:17 AM PDT by RichInOC (Palin 2012: The Perfect Storm.)
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To: ScaniaBoy

The pooor lidddle boy with his lawyers. How could he have known that anyone would take offence at his innocent prank. /sarc

3 posted on 05/27/2010 9:03:06 AM PDT by ScaniaBoy (Part of the Right Wing Research & Attack Machine)
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To: Virginia Ridgerunner; Sarah Barracuda; onyx; SolidWood

ping!


4 posted on 05/27/2010 9:05:00 AM PDT by ScaniaBoy (Part of the Right Wing Research & Attack Machine)
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To: ScaniaBoy

This article talks an awful lot about how clever he was to sidestep security measures, but not so much on how stupid he was to get caught and face tough consequences while gaining nothing but noteriety (not the good kind).


5 posted on 05/27/2010 9:07:49 AM PDT by Tublecane
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To: ScaniaBoy

As Kernell’s friend Brett Ballinger - sitting in the quad of the university - asked: ‘What are they trying to push on him? Did any of them ever sit down and ask, “How did he really hurt these people and is it worth us going and destroying his life?’”

Yeah...like your esteemed VP says, it’s a big f*****g deal.


6 posted on 05/27/2010 9:08:23 AM PDT by jessduntno (If someone calls me a racist I tell them, "you're just saying that because I'm white.")
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To: ScaniaBoy
As Kernell’s friend Brett Ballinger - sitting in the quad of the university - asked: ‘What are they trying to push on him? Did any of them ever sit down and ask, “How did he really hurt these people and is it worth us going and destroying his life?’”

Brett, let me put it this way for you. I do want his life destroyed. I do want him to spend time in ass-banging prison. I do want him kept from even the closest glimmer of matriculating to the Democrat ranks of 'operatives'.....In my opinion, them bubbas in prison will go ape for his curly red hair.....and his privileged elitist Democrat ass deserves it.

7 posted on 05/27/2010 9:08:36 AM PDT by Gaffer ("Profiling: The only profile I need is a chalk outline around their dead ass!")
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To: ScaniaBoy

As someone who does not think that Palin has the resume to be a Republican president yet, I still think that this kid should receive the appropriate punishment for violating the letter and spirit of the law.

He did it either for fame or politics. It was unethical, immoral, and sleazy.


8 posted on 05/27/2010 9:13:10 AM PDT by HospiceNurse
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To: ScaniaBoy

Personally I would cut his friggin hands off.

I hate hackers and virus writers of any sort.

Low life’s all.


9 posted on 05/27/2010 9:13:11 AM PDT by Venturer
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To: RichInOC
‘There was nothing there, nothing incriminating, nothing that would derail her campaign as I had hoped,’ he told them.

Clear, malicious intent, despite what this sniveling rag wants people to believe.

10 posted on 05/27/2010 9:14:44 AM PDT by Virginia Ridgerunner (Sarah Palin has crossed the Rubicon!)
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To: Tublecane

Unfortunately the Daily Telegraph which once upon a time was a very good conservative (both large and small “c” conservative) paper has gone to the dogs, at least when it comes to reports from the USA.

It was not that long ago when the paper’s resident US reporter was Ambrose Evans-Pritchard. Old FReepers will remember his dogged sleuthing regarding the Vince Foster, OKC and other Clintonesque affairs. Now Ambrose E-P has been replaced by Alex Spillius and Bobbie Johnson. No they wouldn’t have noted how stupid Kernell was to get caught.

And as for the moral of snooping in other peoples’ mails - well, no, morals are for Hicks and Hillbillies, according to MSM.


11 posted on 05/27/2010 9:15:29 AM PDT by ScaniaBoy (Part of the Right Wing Research & Attack Machine)
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To: ScaniaBoy
As Kernell’s friend Brett Ballinger - sitting in the quad of the university - asked: ‘What are they trying to push on him? Did any of them ever sit down and ask, “How did he really hurt these people and is it worth us going and destroying his life?’”

Did he bother to sit down and ask "Is FRAUD against the law?" or "Is IDENTITY THEFT against the law?" or "Does it matter whether or not I 'really hurt these people' when I decide to commit felony crimes?" Apparently he didn't. As for Kernell's deeply intellectual friend Brett and his inquiries: Your little punk-ass friend broke several laws with his little adventure, and he did so in a way that it was very easy to document and prove unequivocably.

12 posted on 05/27/2010 9:15:50 AM PDT by VRWCmember
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To: Gaffer

“is it worth us going and destroying his life”

It is not us who are destroying his life but him. He knew he was breaking the law and now he must accept what he chose for himself. The law is the law. Just ask the illegal aliens.


13 posted on 05/27/2010 9:18:12 AM PDT by jimpick
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To: ScaniaBoy

This article is just one lie after another. He was not a poor innocent good kid who accidentally hacked into her site. His family were part of the Obama campaign machine and they were looking to damage Sarah and help win the election for the Democrats. Neither he nor his family have shown remorse. There was an organized campaign attack Sarah Palin in any way possible. This kid’s family were just part of the campaign.


14 posted on 05/27/2010 9:22:39 AM PDT by detective
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To: ScaniaBoy
'...And what kind of responsible press outfit would broadcast stolen private correspondence?’ -S.Palin

ABC, NBC, CBS, CNN, MSNBC, etc etc etc
NYT, LAT, Wash Post, Boston Globe, etc etc etc
Dem Underground, Daily KOS, etc etc etc etc etc...

15 posted on 05/27/2010 9:43:27 AM PDT by theDentist (fybo; qwerty ergo typo : i type, therefore i misspelll)
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To: ScaniaBoy
Once he knew Palin’s address, all he had to do was guess the answers to a handful of ‘secret’ security questions about her – all of which, if she had answered them truthfully, could be easily deduced.

Lesson: NEVER answer security questions with the real answers. It's like begging people to break into your accounts.

16 posted on 05/27/2010 10:09:24 AM PDT by CharlesWayneCT
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To: detective
This article is just one lie after another.

Amazing what goes for journalism these days, isn't it?

17 posted on 05/27/2010 10:09:34 AM PDT by ScaniaBoy (Part of the Right Wing Research & Attack Machine)
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To: ScaniaBoy

His Daddy is a big time Democrat in that state.

This kid had an agenda from the first jump.


18 posted on 05/27/2010 10:41:40 AM PDT by ridesthemiles
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To: ScaniaBoy; Virginia Ridgerunner; Al B.; Sarah Barracuda
Kernell, meanwhile, faces up to 20 years in prison. Experts suggest that the sentence will be significantly lighter, but the decision (which is not expected for at least three months) ultimately lies at the mercy of the judge, Thomas Phillips

Convicted criminal Kernell merits prison time.

19 posted on 05/27/2010 2:25:44 PM PDT by onyx (Sarah/Michele 2012)
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To: Venturer

During the last election that saw the Usurper take office, I wanted to print up stickers that said: “Computer Hackers for Obama”.


20 posted on 05/28/2010 3:18:33 AM PDT by gigster
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To: ScaniaBoy

Just watch. He’ll get off with a couple hundred hours of “community service”.


21 posted on 05/28/2010 3:22:38 AM PDT by Fresh Wind (Republicans should campaign like Rush Limbaugh. A lot more of them would get elected.)
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To: Gaffer

Are you serious? OK, what he did was illegal and he ought to be punished for it in an appropriate manner, but to want to have his life completely ruined and getting raped repeatedly in prison? That is seriously effed up. Only the vilest rapists and murderers deserve to have that happen to them.
Fortunately, I doubt it will come to that....


22 posted on 05/28/2010 11:28:42 AM PDT by sinsofsolarempirefan
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To: sinsofsolarempirefan

I guess you consider what he did to be trivially illegal then while I consider it an act of political sabotage in the most important part of the greatness of this country - the political process of selecting candidates for President and Vice President. Yes, I believe what he did was vile; he attempted to abet the subversion of the free elections process. If I were a criminal defense attorney, I’d consider you a sympathetic juror choice.


23 posted on 05/28/2010 2:20:12 PM PDT by Gaffer ("Profiling: The only profile I need is a chalk outline around their dead ass!")
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To: Gaffer

Based on the evidence, I’d vote to convict. But If I knew he was going to get 20 years, I might seriously consider not doing it. Of course, that is the problem you face with justice if the punishment is out of proportion with the crime. A lot of rapists and even some murderers get less than 20 years...


24 posted on 05/28/2010 3:26:54 PM PDT by sinsofsolarempirefan
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To: sinsofsolarempirefan

Based on the fact that he was clearly a political operative committing a crime in an attempt to influence an election, hard time in a medium security federal penitentiary is a fair sentence. Twenty years may be a little long, but fifteen would be about right, especially since he will be out on parole in five to seven years if he stays out of trouble while inside.


25 posted on 05/28/2010 4:07:47 PM PDT by SUSSA
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