The student who broke into Sarah Palin’s personal Yahoo email account, as she was running her campaign to become the US Vice President, has been sentenced to a year and one day in custody.
In September 2008, David C Kernell, who went by the internet handle of “Rubico”, posted examples of Palin’s private emails, addresses of her contacts, and family photos on Wikileaks, and bragged that hacking into the vice-presidential candidate’s Yahoo account was child’s play.
Sarah Palin left her Yahoo account vulnerable to attack because she choose to make her “secret questions” her date of birth, her postal code, and information about where she met her husband – all information which David Kernell was able to glean quickly by using Google and Wikipedia.
Palin went on to claim that the email hack paralysed her campaign to become the USA’s first female vice president…
Read more in my article on the Naked Security website.