Sarah Palin’s Yahoo Email Account HACKED
In the latest of a series of invasions into Vice President Nominee Sarah Palin’s personal life, hackers have broken into the Republican governor of Alaska’s private Yahoo e-mail account, and a widely read Web site has published screen grabs from it. I absolutely refuse to publish these screenshots because I believe it is immoral and illegal. I would not my personal account hacked and I would never want to see anyone else’s accounts hacked. You can see these screenshots on Gawker.com if you are so inclined.
An article Wednesday in Gawker.com posts family photos and snapshots of e-mail exchanges the Alaska governor had with colleagues. Gawker says the-email account has since been shut down, but it will leave the images up on its site for all to see.
“Here are the screenshots of the emails saved before the account went dark, along with the contact list. It’s newsworthy and we will not be taking it down!” the site declares.
Rick Davis, campaign manager for John McCain, released a statement calling the publication 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 e-mails will destroy them. We will have no further comment,” Davis said.
The article on Gawker.com boasts about the lengths to which the reporter went to verify the account, saying he or she even called a phone number listed for Sarah Palin’s teenage daughter, Bristol, which apparently went to her voicemail. The site also listed dozens of contact e-mails from the account many of which are likely now being spammed.
Both WIRED and Gawker reported that their members claiming to be with a group known as Anonymous took credit for hacking into Sarah Palin’s account. Screen grabs were published on other Web sites and then deleted, Gawker reported.
They reportedly came from a Yahoo Mail e-mail account Sarah Palin uses — one separate from another private account that was publicized in The Washington Post last week.
Gawker complained that Sarah Palin has since “deleted” the account, and suggested she was trying to “destroy evidence.”