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Saturday, October 11, 2008 

Suspect in hacking of Palin email account indicted

And who might the suspect be? David Kernell, the son of Tennessee Democrat Mike Kernell. From the Knoxville News Sentinel (via Michelle Malkin):
A University of Tennessee student who is the son of a Memphis legislator has been indicted by a federal grand jury on charges of hacking Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin’s personal e-mail.

David C. Kernell, 20, was indicted by a federal grand jury in Knoxville for intentionally accessing without authorization the e-mail account of Palin, the governor of Alaska and Sen. John McCain’s running mate, according to U.S. Attorney James R. Dedrick.

Dedrick said Kernell, the son of state Rep. Mike Kernell, D-Memphis, turned himself in to federal authorities today for arrest.

He is to be arraigned before U.S. Magistrate Judge C. Clifford Shirley.

The single-count indictment, returned Tuesday and unsealed today, alleges that on approximately Sept. 16, 2008, Kernell, obtained unauthorized access to Palin’s personal e-mail account by allegedly resetting the account password.

According to the indictment, after answering a series of security questions that allowed him to reset the password and gain access to the e-mail account, Kernell allegedly read the contents of the account and made screenshots of the e-mail directory, e-mail content and other personal information.

According to the indictment, Kernell posted screenshots of the e-mail and other personal information to a public Web site. Kernell also allegedly posted the new e-mail account password, thus providing access to the account by others.
Kernell faces up to five years in prison. Let's hope he serves every day of it and has to pay fines and be on probation.

The Smoking Gun says that at least one other person accessed the account illegally. Let's hope that culprit will be found as well.

Others on the subject include Stop the ACLU, Pirates' Cove, The College Politico, Right Voices, Jammie Wearing Fool, The Daily Conservative, Hot Air, Jeffrey Setaro, The Other McCain, Trust But Verify.

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