Sarah Palin’s email hacker is imprisoned, against judge’s recommendation

Graham Cluley
@gcluley

It was a computer security story that made headlines around the world, involving the private emails of a woman who could have become Vice President of the United States. And now, it’s ended with a young man sent to a federal prison, hundreds of miles from his family home.

David C Kernell, the hacker who broke into Sarah Palin’s personal Yahoo email account, is reported to have been sent to jail despite a judge’s recommendation that he should not be put behind bars.

In September 2008, Kernell, who went by the internet handle of “Rubico”, posted Palin’s private emails, her online address book, and family photos on Wikileaks, and bragged that hacking into the vice-presidential candidate’s Yahoo account had been child’s play.

When Kernell was sentenced last November, Judge Thomas Phillips said…

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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.

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