Sarah Palin’s daughter testifies in email hacker case

Graham Cluley
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Bristol Palin, the daughter of failed Vice Presidential candidate Sarah Palin, has told a US federal judge of the harrassment she received after her mother’s personal Yahoo account was hacked.

Former University of Tennessee student David Kernell is charged with breaking into Sarah Palin’s Yahoo account in September 2008, and posting her emails, contact addresses, and family photos on Wikileaks.

Screenshots of one of the exposed emails is said to have included Bristol Palin’s cellphone number, which she says resulted in her receiving anonymous phone calls and text messages.

According to media reports, 19-year-old Palin became frightened by the calls and messages, and described a day when a group of boys came to her remote family home (she was pregnant at the time of the alleged…

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Graham Cluley is a veteran of the anti-virus industry having worked for a number of security companies since the early 1990s when he wrote the first ever version of Dr Solomon's Anti-Virus Toolkit for Windows. Now an independent security analyst, he regularly makes media appearances and is an international public speaker on the topic of computer security, hackers, and online privacy. Follow him on Twitter at @gcluley, or drop him an email.