We all like to assume our e-mail is private, but Sarah Palin learned the hard way that it's not always the case. In September 2008, someone hacked into the then vice presidential candidate's personal Yahoo! account, firstname.lastname@example.org, and posted some of her messages, her password and contact list to WikiLeaks. Though the messages quickly made their way around the Internet, the e-mails turned out to be little more than goofy family photos and a few letters to political colleagues.
The hacker was found to be 22-year-old David Kernell, the son of a Tennessee legislator (and Democrat). Kernell was found guilty on April 30, 2010, of obstruction of justice and unauthorized access to a computer, but was acquitted of the greater charge of wire fraud. He is due to be sentenced Sept. 24 and will likely face up to 21 months behind bars.
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