Sarah Palin Email Hacker Purportedly Found: David Kernell, 20.

By September 19, 2008 5 comments

The son of Tennessee Democratic state representative Mike Kernell, David Kernell (picture: right), has admitted that he is the hacker behind the attack on Sarah Palin’s email (picture:left). Kernell was first identified Thursday as the hacker by Wired Magazine’s security blog, Threat Level. This was following an internet post on the 4chan forum, /b/, in which a hacker identifying himself as described how he got into Palin’s account. The forum is well known for pop perversity, known for trend starting, notorious for internet attacks and pranks.

Kernell says the password was obtained with Yahoo’s “forgot your password?” feature, doing Google and Wikipedia searches to find the personal information used as verification clues: Palin's birthday, zip code, and where she met her husband.

The hack was reportedly a response to allegations that Palin used her account to circumvent public disclosure laws, but the alleged political motivations of the attack have grown exponentially since news was released to the public.

The hacker used the proxy Ctunnel, which allows users to anonymously access blocked sites. Since the hacker left most of his URL in the photos of Palin’s emails he posted on watchdog site Wikileaks, it should be possible to corroborate his identity.

Rubico claims to have been looking for incriminating evidence, but nothing that wouldn’t fall under deliberative process was found, though another fascinating aspect of Palin physiognomy was revealed.

Legal analyst Kurt Opsahl writes that the murky waters of computer law might make it hard to prosecute Kernell.

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Obviously you were never 20, had a child who was 20 or ever made bad choices.

Submitted by E.S. (not verified) - on September 24, 2008 at 02:45 pm

[...] the furor over the hacking of Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin’s Yahoo account (our coverage). In response to the Palin hack, Fox Commentator O’Reilly had this to [...]

Submitted by Hactivism 2008: Bill O’Reilly Reacts to Palin Hack, is (not verified) - on September 24, 2008 at 05:55 am

I believe that the "kid" had some clear ideas regarding what he was doing and the potential consequences

Submitted by admin - on September 23, 2008 at 03:44 pm

Palin should come out and ask for the kid to be forgiven. Young people sometimes use bad judgment and do not understand the consequences of their behavior. She should understand this as a parent. No harm was done. Let it go. Let the kid return to studying and college. I imagine he has learned one very important lesson.

Submitted by E.S. Suggs (not verified) - on September 23, 2008 at 02:48 pm

I sure hope politics doesn't get in the way and this guy gets some prison time.

Submitted by Debi (not verified) - on September 19, 2008 at 07:22 pm

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