Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Palin's accounts hacked

I was watching the news and saw a report about Palin's Yahoo account being hacked and her personal information (Photos, cell phone numbers of family - minorsno less) posted, and emails accessed.

The story that I read first was geared towards activist Andre McLeod and his lawyer Donald C. Mitchell up in arms about the Governor running state business out of an unsecure and unencrypted email account:

Palin has come under fire in recent days for her use of a personal e-mail accounts to conduct state business. An Alaska activist has filed a Freedom of Information Act request seeking disclosure of e-mails from another Yahoo! account that Palin used, gov.

That account appears to have been linked to the one that was hacked.

Both accounts appear to have been deactivated. E-mails sent to them Wednesday afternoon were returned as undeliverable.

Andrée McLeod, the activist who filed the FOIA request, said Wednesday evening that Palin should have known better than to conduct state business using an unsecured e-mail account.
"If this woman is so careless as to conduct state business on a private e-mail account that has been hacked into, what in the world is she going to do when she has access to information that is vital to our national security interests?" she asked.

McLeod's Anchorage attorney, Donald C. Mitchell, said Palin refused to comply with a public records request in June to divulge 1,100 e-mails sent to and from her personal accounts, citing executive privilege.

"There's a reason the governor should be using her own official e-mail channels, because of security and encryption," the attorney said. "She's running state business out of Yahoo?"

What is interesting is that his lawyer wasn't worried about the FBI, FCC, Alaska, and local officials digging so far into his and his clients pasts that they will no doubt uncover that what they did was illegal, broke a number of laws and that the Governor's family was messed with, including a minor.

Since there was so much state business being conducted with her yahoo account, why wasn't that posted up for perusal? This guy (and other militant Yahoos) would break into a bank and take a quarter, and justify their actions because he only took a quarter. It's the same as going to a peaceful rally with a Molotov cocktail - irony at its best.

Thank you activists for once again proving we have no privacy, that Change means you don't get to get away with this kind of stuff, and time will tell if he lands a bunk in a federal country club prison or a 'pound me in the ass prison'.

Anyone know if the State of Alaska or Yahoo has better security and/or encryption? Any vendor want to propose a bake off?

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