Hackers have reportedly broken into US Republican
vice-presidential candidate Sarah Palin's Yahoo email account and
posted some of the contents on the internet.
A number of media outlets overnight reported disclosure site
WikiLeaks has published a number of the emails, with Wired
reporting at least one of the messages had been verified as being
Palin is also the Governor of the US state of Alaska. The e-mail
address that was reportedly hacked was email@example.com. An anonymous internet hacking group has taken credit for the
"This is a shocking invasion of the governor's privacy and a
violation of law. The matter has been turned over to the
appropriate authorities and we hope that anyone in possession of
these emails will destroy them," the McCain campaign said in a
The Secret Service contacted The Associated Press today and
asked for copies of the leaked emails on her Yahoo! account, which
circulated widely on the internet. The AP did not comply.
The disclosure today raises new questions about the propriety of
the Palin administration's use of non-government email accounts to
conduct state business. The practice was revealed months ago, prior to Palin's
selection as a vice presidential candidate, after political
critics obtained internal emails documenting the practice by some
One person whose email to Palin apparently was among those
disclosed, Amy McCorkell, declined to discuss her
"I do not know anything about it," McCorkell said. "I'm not giving you any comment." Wired said McCorkell
later confirmed that she did send the email to Palin.
Another of the emails apparently revealed today was an exchange
in July with Alaska Lieutenant Governor Sean Parnell discussing a
talk show host who had been critical of Parnell. Parnell declined
to discuss the matter.
Palin herself used "gov.sarah" in her email address, and her
husband used "fek9wnr" in his address. "Fe" is the
representation for iron, and "k9" is an abbreviation for canine.
Todd Palin was the winner of the grueling Iron Dog snowmobile race,
and "fek9wnr" also is Todd Palin's vehicle license tag in
It wasn't immediately clear how hackers broke into Palin's
Yahoo! account, but it could have been possible to trick the
service into revealing her password knowing personal details about
Palin that include her birthdate and ZIP code.
A hacker also might have sent a forged email to her account
tricking her into revealing her own password.
McCorkell was appointed by Palin to an advisory board on issues
involving alcohol and drug abuse. One of the leaked emails
suggested McCorkell wrote to Palin on Sunday to say she was praying
for Palin. "Don't let the negative press get you down!" the
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