Hacker Claims Responsibility For Palin Email Breach


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It’s not been a good week, online or off, for the McCain campaign, but it’s been especially brutal online. The biggest news, aside from the obvious fundamentally strong economic crisis occurring Monday, has been the hacking of Sarah Palin’s email account.

Wikileaks, where screenshots of the contents of Palin’s Yahoo account were posted as evidence of her conducting state business on non-state accounts, has been crashed all day with people clamoring to get a glimpse of the illegally obtained content and judge for themselves (we assume the Secret Service didn’t shut it down, anyway). Likely they’re discovering the emails are as boring as Lou Dobbs on a pile of actuaries.

The story behind the email hack is much more exciting. One of Michelle Malkin’s loyal subjects explains the hacker’s complex and embattled relationship with the entity (not so much a an organized group) that is Anonymous in the notoriously juvenile and destructive /b/ forum on 4chan.org. The reader aptly describes them as “gremlins” rather than hackers because of their joy of “upsetting people and making messes.”

The person who hacked Palin’s account, according to a copy of a forum post submitted by the above reader, said it took him or her about 45 minutes to find the information necessary online (from Wikipedia and Google) to access the account. “rubico” says the account was accessed by guessing at the secret question prompts provided when one forgets a password:


it took seriously 45 mins on wikipedia and google to find the info, Birthday? 15 seconds on wikipedia, zip code? well she had always been from wasilla, and it only has 2 zip codes (thanks online postal service!)

 the second was somewhat harder, the question was “where did you meet your spouse?” did some research, and apparently she had eloped with mister palin after college, if youll look on some of the screenshits that I took and other fellow anon have so graciously put on photobucket you will see the google search for “palin eloped” or some such in one of the tabs.

I found out later though more research that they met at high school, so I did variations of that, high, high school, eventually hit on “Wasilla high” I promptly changed the password to popcorn and took a cold shower…

Even some Anonymous forum members, known for outrageous acts, thought this was over the line and moderators in the forum actively deleted related info as it appeared. Too late, though, it got to Wikileaks and the press. The Secret Service requested copies of the leaked emails from the Associated Press, who had the stones to refuse.

So good on the AP, at least.

Regardless of one’s opinion on Palin (according to the latest polls opinions are slumping), the intent of hacking her personal account (the intent of exposing Bush-like circumvention of open records laws) was overshadowed and out-shouted by the appalling nature of the act itself. Of course, one wonders if we’d feel the same had he or she found something juicy.

Meanwhile, take a break and find out what your name would be if you were one of Palin’s half-dozen kids. Mine would be “Strike Chipper,” king of the bowling alley and the golf course.   

Hacker Claims Responsibility For Palin Email Breach
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  • Guest

     Site was shutdown. Not crashed…

  • Guest

    The AP can try to protect this criminal, but Google won’t.   Anybody can find his identity by googling "rubico and palin."  Your post here provides some of the evidence against him–Rubico’s choice of a password ("popcorn") fits well with the most likely suspect in this story, who happens to be the 20 year old son of a TN state senator. 

  • Rich Ord

    Surprise … surprise, the suspect is the son of a Democrat politician. What is it about the Democrat’s that made them become the party of dirty tricks?

    Of course, the media will play this down. If this was Obama’s email account and it was hacked by the son of a Republican politician all hell would break loose in the media.


      It has NOTHING to do with party affiliation.

       It has everything to do with freedom of press and  transparency, and not obstructging news media access to one who might be pResident.

       THe McCain campaign’s tactics are NO DIFFERENT than the communist tactics who subvert the truth and freedom of the press.


       We the PEOPLE are grteful for gaining access to her emails.

      She is to be dispised- COVER UP and SCANDALS before getting to DC!

        I hope she never makes it there.


      • coleche

        How would yo like to have your email hacked? It is an invasion of privacy and any hacker, private or government should be prosecuted to the full extent of the law.

      • Guest

        "Freedom of the Press" is not at issue here.  This was not the action of a credentialed reporter seeking legitimate information for a legitimate story.  This was a willful and wonton invasion of privacy.  Political figure or not, the action was wrong and illegal.  The intent was mischief and the sabotage.  Whether you like it or not, the fact is this "kid" intended to create real harm and should face real and severe consequences. 

        Oh, and by the way, demanding that a public figure be "despised" is pretty strong stuff, isn’t it?  Why so much vitriol and hate (on any political side of the aisle) for an individual that has a different political stand than you?  Ignorance, my friend, is a poor excuse for passing of judgement. 

    • Cracker

      I hope as a country we will soon tire of the Republican Vs Democrats circular loop/ chasing our tails.  Guess who got away with "blank", well if it was a (Dem/Rep) they would had there "blank, blankety blank.  "Always gotta blame the liberal media." 

      Buddy, the negativity is wrongly placed.  It’s not us versus them in partisan politics, it’s us vs our ignorance.  When we all reach the tipping point we will see the distraction game we’ve been programmed to follow.  Rep, Dems, are the same bird, cutting the same deals in backrooms.  Like Jesse Ventura sais, its like pro wressling, it’s all for show. 

      They know if they polarize us on things that should be a non-issue then they can avoid actually talking about the deficit, the corporate welfare, the cronyism.  And the big media plays along and its good for ratings.  At this point our Nascar Nation of voters needs to wake up or we will soon get what we deserve, a fascist dictatorship.


  • http://www.webpronews.com/topnews/2008/09/18/hacker-claims-responsibility-for-palin-email-breech Guest


    Someone PLEASE learn to use a dictionary, at least for the headlines.

    "BREECH" is the opening in the rear of the barrel of a gun where bullets can be loaded.


    "BREACH"  is to make an opening or gap in.

    or a rupture or transgression or break.

    No wonder our kids can’t read or spell.




  • Independant

    He should be commended for figuring out how to hack in as he is obviously not a drone.

    The last 8 years we have seen unprecidented access into all of our daily lives by our republican, non conservative president. Palin talks of more transparency, ironicly, as she tries to hide using personal email accounts as a govenor. This is the same tactic Cheney and Rove used.

    If protecting us from terror using premptive strikes as stated in the Bush Doctine, I believe it is in all of our best interest to examine the email of the people we elect and pay salaries to.

    • Guest

      you don’t even know what the Bush doctrine is!!!!! find the middle of the road and the real truth

  • Guest

    It is ironic that many of the same people who think that public figures should have no privacy scream bloody murder when someone illegally hacks their own e-mail. These are also the same morons who somehow think their rights have been violated when the president takes action to try to protect Americans from terrorists on our soil, and are the first to blame him when an attack occurs.

    There has never been one shred of evidence that Bush’s program was anything other than what he said it is. 

    Go ahead, keep protecting the rights of terrorists. They sure do appreciate that you make it easy for them to plan ways to kill you.



  • http://officialsafetyandsecurity.com Debbie Morgan

    As a web site owner for safety and security products, I believe in finding out the truth, however, public figures deserve a certain level of privacy.

    Deciding to run for public office shouldn’t mean one loses all privacy. It’s one thing to have information requested and quite another to have it stolen. Even the police have to gain information the proper way or it is immiscible  in court and the criminal walks, even if the information shows them to be guilty.

    I for one see these tactics as a sign of desperation.

  • http://www.digitalgreys.com Ed Cupler

    It’s interesting to see how quickly Democrats are willing to disregard ethics when something inhibits their desire to gain power. I’ve seen this with their handling of the Iraq war, most notably when General Petraeus returned with his report on the success of the surge, “really require the willing suspension of disbelief” Hillary said about the report. Their lack of movement on drilling (Pelosi wouldn’t allow a vote) or any type of energy independence and now with Sarah Palin as she threatens to knock Obama off of his pedestal. Their unrelenting obsession to ruin Palin no matter what it takes exposes them for what they are. Elect Obama and give these people even more power? When Hell freezes over.

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