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Palin's hacked email account -- what's next?

By Jimmy Orr / September 18, 2008

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The news buzz last night was all about Republican vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin's hacked email account.

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Palin's personal Yahoo account was apparently plundered  late Tuesday evening and the contents of the account -- personal emails, email addresses of her parents, children and friends, private family photos, and phone numbers -- were published all over the Internet Wednesday.

Shocking invasion

News of the break-in received a harsh response from the McCain campaign.

“This is a shocking invasion of the governor’s privacy and a violation of law,” McCain's campaign manager said. “The matter has been turned over to the appropriate authorities, and we hope that anyone in possession of these e-mails will destroy them.”

Those appropriate authorities are the FBI and the Secret Service as they've teamed up to investigate the breach.

Yeah, but...

The hacking community however isn't really in to the "authority thing."

Upon word of Davis's statement, one blogger at Gawker.com said - we think with a touch of sarcasm - "I guess we'll have to blow up the internet now?"

Ryan Tate over at Gawker doesn't condone the break-in but said the hacker "succeeded in reviving the unanswered question of why the Alaska governor had two quasi-official email addresses."

"This use of the accounts is a naked affront to public records laws in Alaska," Tate writes.  "But it's not exceptional: It's one battle in a 30-years war between conservatives and civil libertarians over government openness, during which the current presidential administration itself blurred the lines between public and private email. Is there any way to finally stop these hijinks?"

Why use Yahoo?

The topic of whether Palin should be using a personal account for state business has been subject of a lot of talk recently.  Two days before the email account was hacked, the Anchorage Daily News discussed it.

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