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Now we really know why John McCain doesn't e-mail; Sarah Palin gets hacked

September 17, 2008 | 10:16 pm

Now we know the real reason Republican presidential candidate Sen. John McCain doesn't do e-mails. Who wants their stupid personal messages plastered all over the World Wide Web?  :-(

Overnight, his GOP vice presidential running mate Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin had her private e-mail account hacked into and a couple of her messages and family photographs published online.

Yahoo's Logo where Alaska Governor and Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin's personal email was hacked

In fact, if you sent a message to gov.sarah@yahoo.com recently, there's a chance it too will soon show up online. Although that account has now been deactivated.

Someone hacked into that private account Wednesday morning, found 84 unread messages (Gee, wonder why she hasn't been keeping the account up to date these last 17 days) and published two fairly innocuous ones online.

Quickly, someone changed the account's password and closed the account off. The McCain campaign denounced the break-in as an invasion of privacy, and the FBI and Secret Service, now responsible for her protection, are on the case.

The Ticket hacked into David Sarno's blog over at Web Scout and found he has the full story here. Mark Silva at the Swamp has a different version here that examines the political possibilities of using a private e-mail account for official state business.

-- Andrew Malcolm

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