Hackers have broken into the email account of Republican Vice President-nominee Sarah Palin.
A group of hackers have hit her Yahoo Mail account according to documents and screenshots posted on the Web. The group, which calls itself ‘Anonymous', announced that it had gained access to Palin's Yahoo account in a message last night to WikiLeaks. Among the files passed to WikiLeaks were five screenshots from the firstname.lastname@example.org, an address book and two digital photos of Palin's family.
One of the account's screenshots showed a short exchange in July between Gov. Palin and Lt. Gov. Sean Parnell, who is running against Democrat Ethan Berkowitz for the state's lone Congressional seat. In her reply, Palin called Anchorage-based conservative radio host Dan Fagan ‘inconsistent and purposefully misleading' in his comments about Parnell.
Another screenshot displays the text of a message to Palin from Amy McCorkell, who Palin appointed to the Governor's Advisory Board on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse in October 2007. In the message dated Sunday, McCorkell said: “I am reading the paper and have thoughts and prayers going your way......don't let the negative press wear you down! Pray for me as well. I need strength to 1. keep employment, 2. not have to choose. Lately I just pray may God's will be done.”
Palin has come under criticism for using private e-mail accounts to conduct state business, with some alleging that she and others in her administration have used them to skirt message retention and public records laws. The Bush administration has been accused of doing the same thing.
Adam O'Donnell, director of emerging technologies at message security vendor Cloudmark Inc, said: “Using private account for government or business use is incredibly dangerous. There's a reason why you have an official account. It's so that you can apply proper security management to the account.”
The group had launched several attacks against the Church of Scientology website earlier this year, claiming it wanted to ‘save people from Scientology by reversing the brainwashing.'
The Republican National Committee and the McCain-Palin campaign had no immediate comment.