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September 22, 2008

I Question The Timing....

Not much of a time lag on the reporting here:

The FBI is investigating the son of a Democratic Tennessee state lawmaker as part of a probe into the illegal break-in of GOP vice-presidential nominee and Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin's personal e-mail account.

David Kernell, a 20-year-old economics major at the University of Tennessee and the son of state Rep. Mike Kernell, a Memphis Democrat, had his apartment searched by FBI agents over the weekend, The Associated Press and Knoxville, Tenn., TV station WBIR report.

Unnamed witnesses to the search told WBIR that FBI agents broke up a party at the younger Kernell's apartment near campus and issued subpoenas to three of his roommates. Witnesses told the station that Kernell and his friends "fled the apartment when the FBI agents arrived."

The hacker, going by the screen name "Rubico," made claims that he broke into Palin's personal Yahoo e-mail account by tricking the system's security software into issuing him a new password, according to Wired.com. Bloggers were able to connect the "Rubico" name to David Kernell's university e-mail account last Thursday.

The hacker's public, yet anonymous confession, apparently allowed authorities to focus on the Tennessee college student.

"He might as well have taken a picture of his house and uploaded it," Ken Pfeil, an Internet security expert, told the AP.

Of course if this had been an unverified rumor about Sarah Palin's three headed neocon baby or John McCain perhaps (or perhaps not) having an improper relationship with a female lobbyist, it would have been on the front pages of the NY Times.

Posted by Cassandra at September 22, 2008 03:13 PM

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I thought that the 3-headed baby was the bastard love-child of Howard Dean and John Edwards, nicht wahr? YYEEEEAAARRRGHHHH!

Posted by: a former european at September 22, 2008 05:31 PM

Did you see how the AP practically put the blame for this hack job on Palin?


Posted by: Pile On at September 22, 2008 06:18 PM

Turns out it probably isnt the politico's kid. Rubico, was using a proxy service and the service is cooperating with the investigation. they said the ip doesnt look like it had to do with Kernell.

ultimately what might have happened is that the person could have used a proxy and could have used some computers they had control of through other means. kernell's could have been one if he isnt responsible (since i cant say. i only read articles).

if the person is not from another country, or an unfriendly one, they will probably eventually track down the source over time. Given who is involved, they are not going to give up after going X deep, they will go way beyond what is probably average.

Posted by: Artfldgr at September 22, 2008 07:21 PM

What are the odds some hacker JUST HAPPENED to use the computer of the son of a notable Tennessee Democrat? Slim to none.

This kid is in some serious trouble. Wonder if it was something done independently, or if someone asked for it to be done... If it was done on request, is the kid/hacker willing to take the fall, or will he turn on whoever put him up to it?

Posted by: Miss Ladybug at September 22, 2008 07:36 PM

HUH. He used a proxy server and got another persons IP address. That is funny. The proxy server does not take people's IP addresses that are in use, it has it's own IP address and the user uses that IP address. There is no way someone used the proxy server and then got the kids IP address, it just does not work like that. That would be illegal and the little bastard sent out an email using his own email account saying he did it.

you got to do better than that to defend this atrocious attack. That just makes me laugh. Where did you read this crap from. Not from a computer site I hope, maybe DailyKos or Democrat Underground. If it was from a computer site, I would not trust them at all for anything.

Unless the hacker used the proxy server from another proxy server going thru the little bastards ip address, then went onto another proxy serve. Which wold be some kind of feat. Man that was a lot to say, but almost impossible. I agree with the IT security expert, he should have just put his address and then we would not have the idiots satying it was from another conntry.

Posted by: Stix at September 22, 2008 11:40 PM

I went to a McCain-Palin rally yesterday.

The usual suspects were in attendance...

Posted by: camojack at September 23, 2008 03:42 AM

While I can't know for certain whether he did it, as a Mom what this looks like is an extremely immature kid who is in over his head. He did something dumb, bragged about it, and is just now realizing the awful jam he's in (not to mention what he has done to his father's reputation).

Posted by: Marcel Marceaux at September 23, 2008 04:31 AM

I predict that peeps will try to make this an action by the government to persecute cute and fuddly kids just having fun.

Posted by: Ymarsakar at September 23, 2008 02:01 PM

i didnt say proxy server, i said proxy... there is a difference...

Posted by: artfldgr at September 23, 2008 08:03 PM