Sarah Palin says email hack paralysed Presidential campaign

Graham Cluley
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An email hack can ruin your chances of becoming Vice President of the United States.

That’s the message that Sarah Palin appears to be sharing with the world in her new book, Going Rogue: An American Life, where according to media reports, where she describes that a hacker breaking into her personal Yahoo account “created paralysis” in her campaign camp, because it cut off easy communication with her colleagues in Alaska.

Clu-blog readers will remember that in September 2008 hackers broke into Sarah Palin’s Yahoo account and posted examples of her emails, addresses of her contacts, and family photos on Wikileaks.

Palin’s mistake was to choose a very dumb (and easy-to-guess) password reminder. That’s a faux pas that many have made in the past, making it easier for hackers to break into systems.

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Here’s a video I made last year, showing how both Paris Hilton and Sarah Palin have been caught out by the trick:


So next time you hear about someone losing data or falling victim to hackers, why not tell them the sad story of Sarah Palin? Life can be worse – could have helped you miss your chance of having a shot at the White House.

Graham Cluley is an award-winning keynote speaker who has given presentations around the world about cybersecurity, hackers, and online privacy. A veteran of the computer security industry since the early 1990s, he wrote the first ever version of Dr Solomon's Anti-Virus Toolkit for Windows, makes regular media appearances, and is the co-host of the popular "Smashing Security" podcast. Follow him on Twitter, Mastodon, Threads, Bluesky, or drop him an email.

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