Sarah Palin’s e-mail hacker refutes ‘hacker’ term November 15, 2008Posted by cyberpatrol in 4chan.org, Anonymous, cybercrime, Hacking.
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David Kernell, the 20-year-old University of Tennessee student who accessed Sarah Palin’s personal e-mail account, insists that what he did should not be considered “hacking”.
According to Wired.com, Kernell’s lawyer has filed a motion that would prevent prosecutors and witnesses from classifying what Kernell’s actions as “hacking” and from calling Kernell a “hacker”.
Apparently, the only thing that Kernell did was correctly guess Palin’s security questions by using Google searches to guide him.
All Kernell needed was Palin’s date of birth, ZIP code, and the knowledge of where she met her husband—information that’s available online for anyone to view.
After resetting Palin’s password to “popcorn”, Kernell posted the Alaskan governor’s e-mail and password on the 4chan forums—a large Internet discussion board that ranges in topics from Japanese culture to video games and sports.
Kernell’s lawyer is arguing that hacking usually involves some sort of advanced computer skills to get past security codes and that guessing a password shouldn’t be counted as such.
Tennessee College Students Indicted In Palin Hacking October 11, 2008Posted by cyberpatrol in 4chan.org, Anonymous, cybercrime, Hacking.
Washington (ECN) – 20-year old David Kernell has been indicted for hacking into the e-mail account of Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin.
The U.S. Justice Department announced on Wednesday that the 20-year old has been indicted, and has since turned himself into authorities.
He is now set to appear before a U.S. judge, where he faces a $250,000 fine, as well as 5 years in prison if convicted.
The indictment states that Kernell hacked into the e-mail account of Palin back on September 16th.
He used the password reset feature to gain access to the Yahoo e-mail account.
He then posted some of the contents of the account, along with the password on an online message board.
The information was published on the site 4chan.org, according to the indictment.
The 20-year old is the son of Democratic state legislator Mike Kernell, and went by the online name rubico.
Gov. Palin’s Alleged Hacker Indicted October 8, 2008Posted by cyberpatrol in 4chan.org, Anonymous, cybercrime, Hacking.
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A 20-year-old student at the University of Tennessee has been indicted for breaking into one of the email accounts of Gov. Sarah Palin and then posting screenshots of personal information obtained there to a public Web-site.
David Kernell, the son of a Democratic state lawmaker, was led into a Knoxville federal court wearing handcuffs and shackles on his ankles today and was released without posting bond, according to the Associated Press.
According to the indictment, Kernell broke into the account, email@example.com, by using Yahoo’s password recovery tool. After researching and correctly answering a series of personal questions from Yahoo, Kernell was allowed to reset the password. He chose ‘popcorn,’ according to the indictment.
The personal information he discovered there included the email addresses of family members, pictures of family members and Gov. Palin’s address book for her Yahoo email account. It was posted on http://www.4CHAN.org.
Learning of an investigation, Kernell “removed, altered, concealed and covered up files on his laptop computer,” the indictment says.
Trial is set for Dec. 16. He faces a maximum of five years in prison, a $250,000 fine and three years of supervised release.
Tennessee: Grand jury doesn’t indict student in Palin e-mail case September 25, 2008Posted by cyberpatrol in 4chan.org, Anonymous, Hacking.
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A federal grand jury in Chattanooga ended its session Tuesday without indicting a University of Tennessee student who authorities believe may have hacked into vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin’s personal e-mail account.
The FBI’s investigation into David Kernell’s activities, however, is ongoing, according to the U.S. Department of Justice.
The U.S. attorney’s office in Knoxville is overseeing the case, but U.S. Attorney Russ Dedrick declined to comment Tuesday on when, or if, another grand jury will resume hearing evidence from the FBI’s investigation.
“Grand juries can pursue investigations for many sessions,” Mr. Dedrick said.
The U.S. attorney’s office in Chattanooga confirmed Monday that the local federal grand jury would be evaluating the case Tuesday. Grand juries are responsible for hearing basic evidence in a case and then deciding whether to indict a suspect for a specific crime.
Grand jury proceedings are not open to the public, and it is not known what evidence the grand jury here might have heard Tuesday in relation to the case against Mr. Kernell.
Three students arrived at the federal courthouse on Georgia Avenue about 8:45 a.m. Tuesday to testify about Mr. Kernell, the son of state Rep. Michael Kernell, D-Memphis. The students did not provide their names and did not answer questions about the case. An attorney with them from Maryville, Tenn., declined comment, as well.
The students were allowed to leave the courthouse through the back door, where members of the public generally are not allowed.
FBI agents from Knoxville exited the front doors of the courthouse about 10 a.m., also declining to comment on any aspect of the case.
A hacker last week broke into one of the Yahoo Inc. e-mail accounts used by Alaska Gov. Palin, the running mate of presidential candidate Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz. The McCain campaign acknowledged the act, calling it illegal and an invasion of her privacy.
The FBI began investigating Mr. Kernell over the weekend, according to the Justice Department. Investigators searched his apartment in Knoxville, but they did not file any criminal charges immediately.
Mr. Kernell, 20, is an economics major at UT. Kernell family attorney Wade V. Davies wrote in a letter Monday that “the Kernell family wants to do the right thing, and they want what is best for their son.”
The Associated Press contributed to this story.