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Members of Anonymous - that sprawling group of online rabble-rousers best known for taking on the Church of Scientology - have apparently hacked into a Yahoo! email account belonging to Alaska governor and Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin. According to the bulletproof truth seekers at Wikileaks, "activists …

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For the Best Really

Lots of US govt people have been conducting State and even Federal business on their personal email accounts. Bush and Co. have been under fire for using non-official email channels for years. By doing this they get around the "public record" issues associated with government emails.

It's for the best that this account was hacked and I hope that someone comes out with sensitive State information to underwrite the risks involved in doing this.

I don't like the Palin lady, but I hope she doesn't have anything too embarrassing on her email if someone does release it. Not that I care if it ruins her chances at the VP spot, I just like to think that someones personal emails shouldn't be in the public eye.

Unless she's got naked pics! I'd like to see some of her nudi's (cause you know she's got 'em somewhere) but I hope they are from 10+ years ago...

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Bulletproof

Well, maybe they're immune to the law, but they ain't immune to traffic overruns. The wikileaks site has been down for a while now.

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Sorry

for so many comments on this story. But I wanted to point out that the hack also exposed Bristol Palin's (the preggers 17 year old daughter of Sarah) phone number and email address - if you're interested it's no too hard to find.

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Very intelligent woman

With her believing in a god, having creationist views, using Yahoo mail and having a guessable password. She is genius, clued up , on the ball. I guess we should all hang on her every word and take her with the utmost seriousness.

No it isn't quaint, it's fucking dangerous to have a person like this in high level politics.

I despair for the fate of the human race, we will get what we deserve, reap what we sow. Get what we vote for. I despair.

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I too had my Yahoo account hacked

I too recently had my Yahoo account hacked into (which was then used to access my ebay account and cause havoc). When I reported this to Yahoo they wanted me to email them all my security questions before they would investigate (even though I was emailing them from my Yahoo account which should be proof of ownership). Due to email not being secure and only just having my account hacked into, I decliend to email them all my details so they promptly ignored my report of hacking and did absolutely nothing nothing about it.

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crossing the line

As much as I might not like the women, hacking some ones e-mail is not cool. Oh yeah I hope they like visit by the SS and FBI

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@Steve

Is there not a flaw in your logic here:

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(even though I was emailing them from my Yahoo account which should be proof of ownership).

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Surely if your account has been hacked then the proof of ownership is then gone?!

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Anonymous is a Group of Cyber Terrorists

Anonymous on FOX11

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DNO6G4ApJQY

Anonymous Exposed - Religious Hate Crimes and Terrorism

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cbwNyKXux70

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Dan

RE: too had my Yahoo account hacked

Right so you got your account hacked, so lost control of it.

Then want Yahoo to believe it's you and not the hacker talking on the same email account without any security questions etc.

With logic like that no wonder your account got hacked Steve..really think about it a little more.

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Paris Hilton

this is why

We always use secure passwords of no less than 10 characters with upper and lower case letters, numbers and upper case characters and a few special characters two, we also do not under any circumstances use a real word, nor do we write our password down.

She should have been taught all of this.

I can not believe they think this is secure, I don't know about Yahoo! e-mail system but if it isn't encrypted all the way through (I suspect it is isn't) why is she using it? It could have been side jacked. She could at least use gmail and use the https always option.

This woman is beyond belief when you think about her, Abstinence only sex education, please tell me how that works, Kids are gonna have sex anyway.

Paris, because this has happened to her too!

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Anonymous is not a group of hackers

Anonymous is a leaderless collective of like-minded individuals, from all walks of life.

http://www.enturbulation.org/press-media/faq

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D'oh

"I too recently had my Yahoo account hacked into..."

"(even though I was emailing them from my Yahoo account which should be proof of ownership)..."

Just think about it for a bit, Steve. I'm sure you'll get it.

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Paris Hilton

Giver her a break....

She's a woman! How can she be expected to remember all that complicated computer password stuff?

Paris, because I'd be as rich as she is, if I had a dime for every time someone pulled that line on me, including female upper management.

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@whadyaknow

You think Faux News and the "Church" of Scientology are reliable sources? Really? Really really?

For my own sanity please tell me you're a troll.

Also, Sarah Palin is a fundie gun-nut who needs throwing in the loonie bin like all the rest of the evangelical nutters.

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Paris Hilton

I need strength to...

"2. not have to choose."

WTF?!

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@whadyaknow

Hi Scientologist,

Did you find this story by googling "scientology"? Those videos were made by Scientologists and are all lies. This has been proven so many times.

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Paris Hilton

Good

Good, very good, on so many levels!

Good to know how clueless she is (see icon). Good to see that this sneaky technique finally backfired, too. Why do they think they have the right to hide official stuff from us? In the industry, such methods would get them their marching order.

@whadyaknow

Anonymous doesn't really exist as such, to my knowledge there's no membership card. "anonymous is this or that" is almost as stupid as "Al Qaeda is this or that". They're just nebulous concept that some people join and leave(more or less) at will, there is no intrinsic coherence nor general strategy. That being said, you might disapprove of some actions led by some self-proclaimed Anonimous people (I do), but citing Fox and a (stupid and heinous) YuoTube video doesn't exactly bring you credit.

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Bootnote

On the first screenshot you can see that the |-|4><><0R was also browsing 4chan... and /b/, of all boards. Dirty perv.

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Paris Hilton

Not "hacking" as such

Yahoo email has a password retrieval service in case you forget your password, which asks you a secret question like "What is your pet's name" - and supposedly her secret question was "What is your ZIP code". Durrr.

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Bets on the password?

Ten to one it was Jesus

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American bint

Charlie Brooker in the Guardian - 'While half the electorate argue about her hardline stance on abortion, the other half is debating which position they'd do her in first. Not out loud, you understand, but in their heads. Or online.'

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Paris Hilton

"Anonymous hacks Sarah Palin's Yahoo! account"

Umm should the real title have been "Anonymous! Hacks! Sarah! Palin's! Yahoo! Account! "???

Yeah yeah I know gratuitous use of the Yahoo punchline but how did the rest of you guys Miss! It!?? :)

Me thinks her password was "I_LOVE_JESUS_AND_GUNS", mustve thought that it was long enough and all caps with the underscores would help her not get hacked.....

/Anon causes im doing this at work and Boss is voting for them.

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Actually, I'm surprised ...

... that her yahooID was a somewhat reasonable "gov.palin@"; I expected something more, um, maverick-y like "akmoosehunter@" or "hockeymom@" or "guv4jesus@".

Yo ho ho and an inbox of guvmail.

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Keep her out of the whitehouse!!!

It should be apparent by now that Palin needs to be kept as far away from the Whitehouse as possible. Send her back to Alaska, which is far enough away to not do any real damage to the rest of the USA. McCain must be an idiot for having added her to his Campaign.....

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Paris Hilton

Wait what?

This lady's email gets hacked and everyone immediately pins it onto anti scientology protesters? I don't see the connection here.

Paris cos she must be involved in this somehow too.

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@daniel

Actually she should know it, because that's precisely the password strength required at State level for all employees, including the Governor.

As for not liking her, well I'm a Democrat living in Alaska. Most of the stories about book banning and creationism being foisted on schools is absolute rubbish. My kids go to Anchorage schools and believe me they'd be pulled out immediately if any such twaddle was being taught there.

I'm not voting for her because she's not running for President. McCain is and another Republican President will finish off our economy for good. It's the current policy of allowing the rich and greedy to run banks, self-regulate themselves and gamble on the stock market that's lead to this mess we're in now. Imagine borrowing billions of dollars using the payments of mortgages to homeless as security. Now put a self-regulating Nick Leeson* in charge of those loans. What could possibly go wrong?

That is the level of incompetence that we're dealing with, and on top of all the spying, torture, Iraq, Katrina, I just don't think we can survive another Republican administration. Even if everything they were saying about the Democrats was true, it's still infinitely preferable to where we'd be in four years if McCain won in November.

*http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nick_Leeson

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Pirate

"Anonymous is a Group of Cyber Terrorists"

On the contrary - Anonymous delivers!

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ha ha ha

yahoo for business. karma

Funny she is the only person i know when you look pass or through her glasses the edge of her face still lines up. Plain glass ?

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.gov emails on yapoo?

LOL

daft cow deserved it, isnt it weird every .gov wants to spy on its people but when stuff like this happens they dont like it.

http://bcclist.files.wordpress.com/2008/09/palins-yahoo-account-hacked.jpg

http://rs307.rapidshare.com/files/145931046/WWIII.7z

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Very Stupid and Sad...

I think it is absolutely sad that Anonymous had to stoop to criminal acts to get attention. I am not a Sarah supporter, but I also do not support these type of attacks. Two wrongs do not make a right, so to speak.

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Paris Hilton

Re: Anonymous Coward

"For my own sanity please tell me you're a troll.

Also, Sarah Palin is a fundie gun-nut who needs throwing in the loonie bin like all the rest of the evangelical nutters."

Who's the troll here? For your information, some seventy percent of Americans are active Christians. Whats with the hatefully sarcastic comment after comment?

Oh, I forgot, a bunch of limp wristed, sniveling, socialist europeans. Socialists are so good at sniveling.

I guess it's been enough decades for yall to forget that millions of God-fearing Americans cut from the same cloth as Palin as they gave their lives and blood to free europe from someone else who did'nt believe in God.

And thrown in the loonie bin along with all the rest of the evangelical nutters?

Perhaps you'd like to come do the throwing buddy?

Paris, because she's had what I'd give you.

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@Very Stupid and Sad

There was much brouhaha about Palin and others using personal email accounts for state business, in order to avoid being on the public record about it. This sort of thing is needed to keep politicians honest(ish).

There is also the whole... doing state business on a Yahoo! account that anyone can reset the password by simply knowing your Zip code and your D.O.B. - stupid, and possibly illegal.

One hopes Obama and crew have better password security.

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@American bint

Hahahahaha. That quote is one of the funniest things I've heard/read in a long time. God save the English sense of humor - and the Queen.

I refuse to use any of these icons until they're not fuzzy anymore! Otherwise I would've used the happy smiley.

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Re: Not "hacking" as such

This is why I absolutely HATE these "security question" systems. It used to be "put your own question", so I could put weird riddles or some insane gibberish only I would know; but now the systems just force you to use stupid questions like "what's my pet's name", "what's my birthday" and that "mother's maiden name" question ... which by the way, is rubbish in some countries where the wife *doesn't* lose her last name.

Anyway, its stupid to use free e-mail services for serious stuff... it seems this Republican lot haven't yet grasped that, but then again, these guys put Exchange instead of Notes in the Whitehouse. Bleh.

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Full story of the hack

The full story of the hack is up on MichelleMalkin's website.

The bottom line:

-he was only behind one proxy.

-he didn't hack the password, he answered the "security" questions correctly after googling background information.

-he did it to try and find evil secrets, but found boring, non-issue stuff.

-he read every email in the account.

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May I be the first to graciously say

OWNED

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@Ryan: "millions", huh?

Let's face it: with 23 million noble sacrifices to your four-hundred-thousand-odd, it was the godless Commies who saved all our asses from the fascist nightmare.

http://www.infoplease.com/ipa/A0004615.html

America's Wars: U.S. Casualties and Veterans

Battle deaths 291,557

Other deaths in service (nontheater) 113,842

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/World_War_II_casualties

Country Population 1939 Military deaths Civilian deaths

United States 131,028,000 416,800 1,700

Soviet Union 168,500,000 10,700,000 11,400,000

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@Ryan

a bunch of limp wristed, sniveling, socialist europeans?

Can't speak for everyone else over here but at least 70 percent of us don't spend our time grovelling on our knees to a fairy story every Sunday or whenever it is you choose to to do your collective sniveling.

And no we haven't forgotten about the dead americans, its just that most of us don't care. As a well known figure of that time said "gratitude is a disease of dogs".

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@ryan

1st ac said fundie/evangelical, not christian. And if she wasn't trying to screw over the other 30% of .USians (a figure i would dispute), there wouldn't be the complaints.

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Sarbannes Oxley

After suffering through Sarbox, these governments - municipal, state and federal must do the same. Many companies now have policies banning the use of external email for company business, same with IM.

Why is no one pushing this agenda. If the gov are making the rules, they should have to follow it as well.......what am I talking about, that has never happened

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Paris Hilton

why is the US government dishing out Yahoo addresses?

surely the bint should have a secure email account hosted by the US government and not a dodgy Yahoo account.

If she was representing me and was using this address to receive my feedback, I would not trust it.

Is America intent on putting the more into moron?

Paris - because even she'd have a hilton.com-hosted email account

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@Ryan

Pfft the US "helped" Europe to save its own ass. The prospect of a united Europe was too scary for the US. You "helped" europe out of self interest and ever since the US have tryed to screw with everyone. Any good will the US got back then is well spend my little americanSteroidepumpedRelegiousFanaticalJeasusassKissingGunLovingPsycoTwitt.

Go jump into your 8 ton 400 liter gas pr meter SUV and drive it off a very tall cliff will ya? Please? after all we need to prove Dawin right everytime we can.

ps. Very american of you to end with a threat.

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self abuse.

... and given 'Anonymous' is er, anonymous, ever consider she could've "hacked" her own account as a publicity stunt? - you know reveal caring sounding email correspondance... etc.

& @Daniel B ... yes the questions are dumb, but you can set the answer to whatever you want... (all you have to do is remember!)

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Happy

The password

It was "popcorn". Can you believe that? :P

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@Anonymous

>Anonymous is a leaderless collective of like-minded individuals, from all walks of life. >http://www.enturbulation.org/press-media/faq

The information contained within that page is mostly false. Anonymous is not an anti-scientology group, it's just a group of people (definitely not like-minded - a quick visit to /b/ will confirm this), a PORTION of which happen to be opposed to scientology.

Anon is also in favour of tits and lulz.

PS. El Reg admins; the spellchecking on this field is an absolute disaster. I would suggest fixing it, but that would be far too much work and as such i recommend ditching it altogether. At least make it stop correcting English spellings... Is this not a UK-based website, with a primarily UK-based demographic? :)

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LOL

Those god-botherers are too much!

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@Ryan

"I guess it's been enough decades for yall to forget that millions of God-fearing Americans cut from the same cloth as Palin as they gave their lives and blood to free europe from someone else who did'nt believe in God."

I'm going to guess you're talking about Hitler as Kaiser Wilhelm was a christian. If that's the case I suggest you learn a little history.

Approx. 330,000 US citizens died in WWII, compare that to 50,000,000 Soviet citizens and you may just begin to understand why Europeans find the US's conviction that you guys won the war single-handed both confusing and highly insulting.

Just in case your maths is as bad as your history perhaps I should point out that 330 thousand is not "millions." 50 million on the other hand, is.

Paris - because you've shown yourself to be as intelligent as she is.

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@Ryan

over 400,000 American gave their lives in WW2. Many of them in Europe. For their sacrifice I am grateful. They came to fight for freedom. they died as heros.

However the leaders that sent them did so for other reasons: Money; Political Power and Fear of the commies. Never forget that the US entered the war in Europe only after a) Pearl Harbour, when political capital could be made from war-mongering. and b)The Russians turned back the Eastern Front and looked like they could march right over Europe thereby threatening US interests. Also Britain has only just finished paying back war 'loans' to the US, the only country in the world to make a profit from WW2.

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@ Adam Williamson & AC

""I too recently had my Yahoo account hacked into..."

"(even though I was emailing them from my Yahoo account which should be proof of ownership)..."

Just think about it for a bit, Steve. I'm sure you'll get it."

Think about it a bit longer and you'd realise that's the very reason they should have investigated his report instead of ignoring it.

"This guy's email claims his account's been hacked."

"Can we verify it was sent by the genuine account owner?"

"No."

"Well then, it's probably just a hacker using his email. Ignore it."

-- A different Steve

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for god's sake - remove the picture of the devil

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