Sarah Palin’s Yahoo Mailbox Compromised

A group of individuals has compromised VP candidate Sarah Palin’s personal email and sent the information to Wikileaks which has posted the information publicly.

http://wikileaks.org/wiki/Sarah_Palin_Yahoo_email_hack_2008

Circa midnight Tuesday the 16th of September (EST) Wikileaks’ sources loosely affiliated with the activist group ‘anonymous’ gained access to U.S. Republican Party Vice-presidential candidate Sarah Palin’s Yahoo email account gov.palin@yahoo.com. Governor Palin has come under criticism for using private email accounts to avoid government transparency mechanisms. The zip archive made available by Wikileaks contains screen shots of Palin’s inbox, example emails, address book and two family photos. The list of correspondence, together with the account name, appears to re-enforce the criticism.

Internet security has finally become an issue in presidential politics.

Palin’s use of a Yahoo account has been the subject of recent newspaper articles. The Washington Post published her Yahoo email address, which was likely a precursor to the attack.

Veracode Security Solutions
Security Threat Guides

Zero Day mobile edition | September 17, 2008 12:44 pm

[...] to re-enforce the criticism. Here’s one screenshot of an e-mail released by the group. * Hat tip: Chris Wysopal, Veracode.  Image via CBS News. posted by Ryan Naraine September 17, 2008 @ 10:40 [...]

rick james | September 17, 2008 1:31 pm

easy.. her email password is lipstick.

Zero Day mobile edition | September 17, 2008 2:10 pm

[...] It looks like the Sarah Palin Yahoo Mailbox attack mentioned by Ryan and Chris Wysopal is real. Assuming that you are a high-value target, let’s talk briefly about how you can prevent [...]

UAE Calling | September 17, 2008 3:38 pm

How can she be trusted with highly classified information of United States when she is unable to protect her Inbox? Its really careless of Palin to use free email for work, and that too Yahoo! C’mon give GMail a shot.

Grab bag: Why govt email on private accounts is dumb (Jarrett House North) | September 18, 2008 8:29 am

[...] Sarah Palin’s Yahoo Mailbox Compromised There is, of course, a web application security spin to this story, but I would guess that social engineering is involved in the hack. The real question is, how much light does it shine on Palin’s governing style and on the whole shady practice of using personal email for government business? (tags: 2008 election palin security) [...]

Please Post Your Comments & Reviews

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

*

RSS feed for comments on this post