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Student indicted for Palin e-mail hack

The U.S. Justice Department today announced that a federal grand jury in Knoxville, Tennessee has indicted the 20-year-old son of a state lawmaker in connection with the compromise of Sarah Palin's Yahoo e-mail account.
Written by Ryan Naraine, Contributor on
Student indicted for Palin e-mail hack
The U.S. Justice Department today announced that a federal grand jury in Knoxville, Tennessee has indicted the 20-year-old son of a state lawmaker in connection with the compromise of Sarah Palin's Yahoo e-mail account.

David Kernell (left), who was identified for a while as the alleged hacker, is expected to be arraigned today before U.S. Magistrate Judge C. Clifford Shirley.

From the announcement:

The single count indictment, returned on Oct. 7, 2008, and unsealed today, alleges that on approximately Sept. 16, 2008, Kernell, a resident of Knoxville, obtained unauthorized access to Gov. Palin’s personal e-mail account by allegedly resetting the account password.  According to the indictment, after answering a series of security questions that allowed him to reset the password and gain access to the e-mail account, Kernell allegedly read the contents of the account and made screenshots of the e-mail directory, e-mail content and other personal information.  According to the indictment, Kernell posted screenshots of the e-mails and other personal information to a public Web site.  Kernell also allegedly posted the new e-mail account password that he had created, thus providing access to the account by others.

[ SEE: Sarah Palin’s Yahoo account hijacked, e-mails posted online ]

Kernell faces a maximum of five years in prison, a $250,000 fine and a three-year term of supervised release.

* Photo credit: LA Times.

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