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Author Topic: Sarah Palin, Hacked!  (Read 5274 times)

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Sarah Palin, Hacked!
« on: September 18, 2008, 12:44:17 AM »
Not quite as spooky as the LHC getting hacked but it's the ubiquitous governor's turn this time round.

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A group of computer hackers said yesterday they accessed a Yahoo! e-mail account of Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, the Republican vice presidential nominee, publishing some of her private communications to expose what appeared to be her use of a personal account for government business.

The hackers posted what they said were personal photos, the contents of several messages, the subject lines of dozens of e-mails and Palin's e-mail contact list on a site called WikiLeaks.org.

Wikileaks seems to be completely down. Perhaps just overwhelmed by traffic?

Palin's Yahoo! Account Hacked
By Michael D. Shear and Karl Vick

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Re: Sarah Palin, Hacked!
« Reply #1 on: September 18, 2008, 07:11:57 AM »
Most of the mainstream news stories are very incomplete or even in some cases, inaccurate. If you want to know everything that happened, you have to read a very early account written by one of the "eye witnesses" from the message board where the whole story broke.

Before the mainstream media picked up the story, it existed only on the 4chan message boards (where moderators there were trying very hard to censor it) and in various files uploaded to rapidshare.

In the very beginning, it was thought that the whole story was a joke, prank, hoax, and most didn't believe it really happened. It wasn't until at least 12 hours later that it got picked up by the media.

Unfortunately, the early account of what happened is not on a normal news site or blog, and exists only in a pastebin post. So in the name of perserving it, since there are no guarantees it will be there tomorrow or even later today, I am copying it behind a spoiler, in case it disappears and anyone that comes across this thread in the future wants an opportunity to read the original text.

http://pastebin.com/f652c44fb

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THE INCIDENT

WHAT WE KNOW SO FAR:

- Very recently an anonymous poster on /b/ claimed to have hacked Sarah Palin's Yahoo e-mail account.

- Sarah Palin used the e-mail address gov.sarah@yahoo.com for public communication. Several media outlets have confirmed this fact prior to this "incident".

    SOURCE: http://thinkprogress...lin-email-privilege/
    SOURCE: http://www.commondre...eadline/2008/09/15-7

- The e-mail address that the poster hacked was gov.palin@yahoo.com. This second e-mail address, previously unknown publicly, was used for private communcations.

- Yahoo e-mail addresses, unlike .gov e-mail addresses, are not subject to archiving and oversight. This fact has led to controversy from several sources, including fellow Republicans, asking her to release e-mails from her Yahoo account.

- The anonymous poster apparently panicked, and released the password onto /b/.

- Several other posters on /b/ took screenshots of the Inbox and various e-mails.

- Some of the screenshots reference several people in Alaska state government. One of these people is Sean Parnell, Lieutenant Governor of Alaska. Parnell mentions KFQD Radio's Dan Fagan, to whom he gave an interview about Palin's ACES initiative. Lt. Gov. Parnell's e-mail address is verified via an Alaska Republican Central Committee contact listing.

    SOURCE: http://gov.state.ak.us/aces/
    SOURCE: http://www.alaskarep...entralcommittee.aspx

- One of the screenshots references the Yahoo account fek9wnr, Todd Palin, Sarah's husband who is at the heart of the controversy over her use of Yahoo e-mail for public dealings. The fek9wnr account was verified as being Todd Palin via a public posting to an automotive enthusiast BBS from August 2006.

    SOURCE: http://autos.groups....ersions/message/2309

- Several photographs of her family were allegedly downloaded from the e-mail account.

- A scan of profiles.yahoo.com put gov.palin@yahoo.com's profile update date at 04/05/2008, long before any VP nod was apparent. If this were a fake, the perpetrator would've had to travel into the past and create an account or be very good at guessing who the VP candidate would be 5+ months later, not to mention faking an overwhelming amount of e-mails, photographs, verified private cellphone numbers, and other information.

- A good samaritan in the /b/ thread reset the password account with the intention of handing it over to Palin, a process known on /b/ as "white knighting". This locked everyone else out of the account. The "white knight" posted a screenshot to /b/ of his pending message to one of Palin's contacts about how to recover the account, but made the critical mistake of not blanking out the new password he set.

- Several other people in the /b/ thread then apparently logged in using this new password, and they all attempted to reset the password at once, causing a security trap at Yahoo to automatically put a 24-hour lockout on the account.


THE AFTERMATH:

- Sarah Palin was likely notified of the breach by morning, as she had then deleted both the gov.sarah@yahoo.com address (the one subject to the disclosure controversy in the media) as well as the gov.palin@yahoo.com address (the one that was hacked).

- The outright deletion of the accounts can be verified by attempting to pull up the public profile on both addresses, which both existed during the incident.

    SOURCE: http://profiles.yahoo.com/gov.palin
    SOURCE: http://profiles.yahoo.com/gov.sarah

- Both accounts were deleted simultaneously, thus linking the publicly-known e-mail address "gov.sarah" and the private e-mail address "gov.palin".

- This outright deletion may have the potential to be viewed as destruction of evidence, considering that the e-mails in the now-deleted accounts are the subject of several legal controversies.

    SOURCE: http://www.washingto...008090303210_pf.html

- Several ZIP, RAR, and 7Z compilations of the downloaded screenshots, contacts, and photos were made available by anonymous individuals.

- 4chan is actively (some say over-actively) banning and deleting any posts of the screenshots of Palin's account, contacts, or family photos.

- An anonymous poster to 420chan, using information from the e-mail account's contact list, attempted to call Bristol Palin's cellphone number using the AT&T phone relay service. Several others allegedly called the cellphone number itself and got Bristol's voicemail. These posts were quickly deleted by 420chan moderators.

- A poster on /b/ did a lookup on the cellphone number which returned this information:

    Type: Cell Phone
    Provider: Dobson Cellular Systems
    Location: Palmer, AK

- An anonymous individual has uploaded some of the screenshots to a photobucket account.

    SOURCE: http://s405.photobuc...ums/pp134/anoncrack/

- A poster in /r9k/ e-mailed the compilations to ABC News producer Eamon McNiff who he/she claims is a personal contact of his/hers.

- Someone submitted a summary to Digg. As of this writing it has only 12 diggs.

    SOURCE: http://digg.com/2008..._Palin_s_Yahoo_Email

- As of right now the media related to the incident sits mostly confined to 4chan and rapidshare, and thus either deleted, censored or under the radar.


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Re: Sarah Palin, Hacked!
« Reply #2 on: September 18, 2008, 07:37:38 AM »
Uh, 4chan involved in the whole incident, that's a recipe for disaster ;D. BTW, app, do not worry, the incident was well covered in tech sites, so it won't magically disappear.

I'll pass from making a political commentary, because really, the news speak for themselves. But, what's up with politicians? No one seems to know how to take care of his/her e-mail by themselves, or via their team for that matter.

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Re: Sarah Palin, Hacked!
« Reply #3 on: September 18, 2008, 08:39:40 AM »
What the H-E-Double-hockey sticks is a politico doing with a Yahoo account?! Scratch that. Politicians are people, too. I'm just amazed that someone who has been in public office since 1992 would have a webmail account that was unavailable until the late 90's. By the time it was available, surely she would have had a private ISP supplied e-mail address... I'm probably just naive... Webmail is, I suppose, more private when you're sharing a household computer.
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Re: Sarah Palin, Hacked!
« Reply #4 on: September 18, 2008, 09:27:31 AM »
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- A good samaritan in the /b/ thread reset the password account with the intention of handing it over to Palin, a process known on /b/ as "white knighting". This locked everyone else out of the account. The "white knight" posted a screenshot to /b/ of his pending message to one of Palin's contacts about how to recover the account, but made the critical mistake of not blanking out the new password he set.

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Re: Sarah Palin, Hacked!
« Reply #5 on: September 18, 2008, 10:46:16 AM »
oh, 4chan got it?
And Fox news ran with it?  :huh:

Jeez, I know the american media is stupid, but this takes the cake.

Wait, it broke on 4chan? It MUST be on Encyclopedia Dramatica then...
Oh, hai guyz thar it iz...
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Re: Sarah Palin, Hacked!
« Reply #6 on: September 18, 2008, 10:50:53 AM »
4chan? FOX News? But wasn't 4chan a terrorist organization? ;D

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Re: Sarah Palin, Hacked!
« Reply #7 on: September 18, 2008, 03:32:48 PM »
Sometimes I think it should be...
Just take out the word "organization"
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Re: Sarah Palin, Hacked!
« Reply #8 on: September 18, 2008, 04:49:14 PM »
What is this 4chan and how can I get in on the fun?  :'(

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Re: Sarah Palin, Hacked!
« Reply #9 on: September 18, 2008, 05:08:28 PM »
For the love of all that is decent and good...

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Re: Sarah Palin, Hacked!
« Reply #10 on: September 18, 2008, 05:46:05 PM »
It was just a joke... but seriously, I can never get into 4chan  :P

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Re: Sarah Palin, Hacked!
« Reply #11 on: September 24, 2008, 06:27:20 PM »
Seems this thread is a little behind the times, but if anyone's curious, they found the perpetrator, but he wasn't charged.

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