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Suspected Palin Email Hacker Indictment-Free

If Sarah Palin Read geeksugar, She May Have Known Better

I can't tell you enough how important email and online security is! I've been a little obsessed with the recent Sarah Palin email hacking scandal, but have put off saying much about it — until now. The suspected hacker — a 20-year old University of Tennessee student, and son of state representative Mike Kernell — was seen in front of the Grand Jury on Tuesday, and was let go without an indictment. Although there aren't many details as to what was or was not found, I suspect that the search for the real hacker continues.

Although hacking into anyone's personal account is a violation of the law and should be prosecuted accordingly, what really makes me uncomfortable is knowing how easy it was for the hacker to break into her account! Just by guessing a few password reset questions and some research on Wikipedia, they were in. I've talked in length about protecting your log-ins, but it's only a few security questions that separate hackers from your personal email when a password reset has been requested. Be diligent in keeping those questions and passwords hard to guess, and you won't have to worry about your emails displayed on the web, or your identity being stolen!

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MissMarisol MissMarisol 8 years
Here is my issue with what happened... why was she even using a free service like Yahoo to receive work emails. You mean to tell me that there isnt an alaska.gov email address that she can use?
ilanac13 ilanac13 8 years
i think that it's really scary to think that some random person could hack into a personal email account, but i guess that does teach us to be a bit smarter about things right? i wonder who the REAL hacker was if they didn't indit the kid. hmm...i also wonder what that did to the reputation of the father who's also in politics. they should all know better don't you think?
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