Son of Tennesee Democratic Party Official Held in Palin Email Hack

We’ve said before here that nothing on the Internet is private. And while Governor Palin’s use of Yahoo email accounts to mix personal and state government communications to circumvent open government is wrong, hacking is also a crime and wrong.

To wit, even the best hackers leave digital fingerprints behind that good computer forenisc programs can find.  And now, the hacker who exposed Sarah Palin’s Yahoo email via a challenge-response hack, has been discovered and indicted for the crime.\

More after the jump:

From the story:

David Kernell, 20, the son of Tennessee Democrat Mike Kernell, chairman of the state’s Government Operations Committee, has pleaded not guilty to the charges.

It is believed David Kernell turned himself in to police and his father has already told reporters he did not know anything about his son’s alleged hacking.

Mrs Palin’s Yahoo email account was hacked in September, causing details of her private emails and addresses to be published.

This is not stuff you slap a kid on the wrist with.  Hacking is a serious crime. Better to beat McCain/Palin via our ideas than by tactics such as this. 

  5 comments for “Son of Tennesee Democratic Party Official Held in Palin Email Hack

  1. junior
    October 9, 2008 at 10:15 am

    “We’ve said before here that nothing on the Internet is private.”

    It appears that Gov. Palin’s email account WAS legally private information. I doubt if the hacker would have been charged with a crime if it was not protected by law.

  2. Dan Chmielewski
    October 9, 2008 at 10:24 am

    Junior — you seem to be missing the notion that while her Yahoo email box is private information — no question about it — it was easily compromised via a socil engineering hack. Hence, my accurate claim, nothing on the Internet is private. With a flicker of personal data about you, your online bank account information can be an open book.

  3. jose s.
    October 9, 2008 at 11:06 am

    david kernell shouldnt cooperate with this investigation or answer any questions about it i’m sure palin would “understand”.

  4. junior
    October 9, 2008 at 11:13 am

    Dan said: “.. nothing on the Internet is private ..”

    Dan also said: “.. her Yahoo email box is private information ..”

    I am not missing any notion of yours Dan. Your statements here are incongruous without an explanation of “private legally protected” vs. “private illegally hackable.”

  5. Dan Chmielewski
    October 9, 2008 at 11:49 am

    Junior. A burglar steals jewels from your house, which you left unlocked. Its still a crime, but you, as a homeowner, should have taken more responsibility to protect your belongings. Palins email account was private information that she did little to protect. The only time I know hacking to be legal is when a company hires a white hat hacker to try to break its security to check for vulnerabilities.

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