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Sarah Palins’ e-mail hacker convicted by Tennessee jury

A Tennessee jury convicted the college student of hacking into former Alakan Governor Sarah Palin’s Yahoo e-mail account when she was a U.S. vice presidential candidate in 2008. The federal jury found David Kernell, 22 guilty of unauthorized access to a computer and destroying records to obstruct justice. He was acquitted on a wire fraud charge, and the jury deadlocked on an identity theft charge. It’s unclear when Kernell’s sentencing will happen. U.S. District Judge Thomas Phillips hasn’t yet set a date. “Kernell, a student at The University of Tennessee, used simple social engineering techniques to gain access to the account, by answering to secret questions associated with Palin’s account, and the password was simply emailed to him. Some snippets from Palin’s account were leaked publicly in September 2008, including some family photographs.” After the trial, Palin said:

“Violating the law, or simply invading someone’s privacy for political gain, has long been repugnant to Americans’ sense of fair play. As Watergate taught us, we rightfully reject illegally breaking into candidates’ private communications for political intrigue in an attempt to derail an election.”

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