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Friday, September 19, 2008

Son of Obama Campaign Leader May Be Palin Hacker

We noted Wednesday that Republican Vice-Presidential candidate Sarah Palin's personal email was hacked and the contents displayed on the left-wing Gawker blog.

The story gets turned up a notch or too considering that a number of reports indicate that the son of a prominent Obama backer may be a person of interest in the Federal investigation of the hacking.

Democratic Tennessee State Represenative Mike Kernell of Memphis has confirmed that his 20 year old son David is "the one in question" but declined further comments.  A number of internet reports note that the elder Kernell is the leader of the Obama campaign in the Volunteer state. The head of the FBI's office in Memphis has confirmed they are involved in the investigation.

Blogger Michelle Malkin reports that a poster with the email address of rubico10@yahoo.co posted on a discussion board that he was the person behind the Palin hack (not an internet mischief making group as previously reported) and confirming the break-in.  A pro-Palin blog has found evidence from 2003 when David was 15 where he posted under that same email address.

Sounds like it good be a mess.  Stay tuned.

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Anonymous Anonymous said:

I don't think so. What about all the posts about it being the Anonymous Group who went after the Scientologist? That has a hell of a lot more cred and being investigated as well.

September 19, 2008 6:29 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

FatBoy Higby as usual is reaching for straws, I am also a prominent Obama backer if my son does something does that make Obama responsible?

But FatBoy Higby failed to mention that Sarah Palin herself NOT a friend of a friend was using a Yahoo e-mail account to avoid Alaska's Open Records Act.



"The hacker accessed the Alaska governor's private e-mail account after the news media disclosed e-mails indicating Palin's administration used private e-mail accounts as a way to work outside Alaska's Open Records Act."

September 19, 2008 6:48 AM  

Anonymous One Who Knows said:

One more scumbag friend of Obama.

He can join up with Wright, Pfleger, Ayers,etc. to for the New FOB.

Obama and company are desperatge, and desperate people do desperate things.

Sarah Palin, it's all YOUR fault.

September 19, 2008 6:54 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Don't expect any coverage by the NYT, LAT or any other MSM publication. This hacking was done by Dems and the means justifies the end. Remember Obaba got elected to Senate because Jack Ryan's sealed divorce records were released.

September 19, 2008 7:21 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

You must be really desperate for content if this is what you are reaching for and highlighting as your top story for the day. Congratulations on this speculative rehash of what we have already seen and heard everywhere else. I still do not thing people have grasped the value of blogging. I sure don't see much of it here. But I'm glad this blog confirms that someone "may" be a hacker. O.K. I hate Obama. Am voting for McCain. You convinced me because someone might be a hacker. And now, I will never vote for Obama. Great "gotcha" story. Fantastic journalism.

September 19, 2008 7:43 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Yeah, right 6:48am. A "prominent" supporter of Obama's is on Mayor Sam at 6:48am, but not reading the Wall Street Journal, or on your way to a board room, right?

No, you're on Mayor Sam at 6:48am.

You must think your $60k salary is big money to think that you're a "prominent" supporter. Prominent means someone who could afford to go to the $28,500 per plate dinner the other day.

Don't be silly.

If Palin uses her govt email for personal business, you'd claim misuse. If Palin uses he private email, you claim that she's doing something in a backroom.

The Dems' ability to pull defeat from the jaws of victory is phenomenal.

September 19, 2008 8:14 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

The son of the mother of the son who supports Obamas mother who's son is in prison, who 's son voted for Obama was the Hacker?

September 19, 2008 8:40 AM  

Blogger Michael Higby said:

6:29 - Kernell is definitely a focus of the investigation and the FBI is on the ground in Memphis.

He may have some affiliation with Anonymous, as well because he posted the info online many hackers got a hold of it, even after a "white knight" was able to seal up her account.

The address allegedly associated with Kernell later posted regret for what he did, not so much for the impact on Palin but that he was scared he would get caught. But he had opened the barn door and everyone from Anonymous to Gawker on done walked in.

September 19, 2008 9:04 AM  

Blogger Michael Higby said:

You know if there was a story that Tom McClintock's son hacked into Joe Biden's account the Democrats would be screaming.

September 19, 2008 9:05 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

The story of the Sarah Palin email hack has taken a new turn. According to security experts, the hackers’ electronic trail has been traced to Barack Obama’s hometown of Chicago. His national headquarters is located there.

In many ways the Palin email hack of her Yahoo account reminds voters of the Watergate break in of 1972. A generation ago, a very suspicious presidential candidate ordered his men to break into George McGovern’s campaign headquarters in Washington DC. The episode was emblematic of an administration known for dirty tricks politics as usual.

In those days they did not have electronic mail but they did have private correspondence on paper. Richard Nixon won election but was impeached for felonies related to the Watergate hack within a year. What is now known as Icegate in 2008 is eerily reminiscent to Watergate in 1972.

Those with a long memory remember the Watergate plumbers who Nixon insisted acted alone. Speaking of plumbing, now we are told that Wikileaks acted alone in the Icegate scandal. Some things never change.

According to an internet security expert located in San Francisco, Gabriel Ramuglia, the Palin email hackers were careless and left a digital trail. That trail leads directly to a server site in Chicago which happens to be the city where all of Obama’s men plot their daily moves. Mr. Ramuglia says that their electronic signature will be easily obtained from the server logs at that site. Mr. Ramugliait does not assert that the hacker is based in Chicago, or that the Obama campaign is involved.

Mere coincidence or more Obama dirty tricks? Nobody can say yet but we will all know soon.

And why is that?

Those familiar with the FBI understand that they take their time with criminal cases. The FBI methodically develops their evidence over a long period of data gathering, only bringing criminal indictments when they feel there is an overwhelming case. Many cases are dropped or drag on in secret for years because the FBI prizes a high conviction rate.

Not so with the Secret Service which has taken over from the FBI in this case. The Secret Service has one primary mission, which is to protect the individuals under their watch. Their mission is not just physical protection but privacy protection as well. They report directly to the Department of Homeland Security under a no-nonsense director named Michael Chertoff, a Bush political appointee.

Gawker Media published the private emails of a vice presidential candidate under Secret Service protection. Right Pundits wonders if our friends at Gawker understand the stakes. We would not be surprised if their servers are seized within the week and that the individuals responsible are arrested for election tampering. The Secret Service does not dick around with evidence building. They act to protect their subjects.

Stay tuned. The explosive turn of events in the 2008 presidential election leave much unknown at this point. Was the Obama campaign involved? Or did individuals act alone? We should know who was behind the Icegate breakin before the election on November 4th.

September 19, 2008 9:12 AM  

Anonymous mickey finn said:

9:12, that's the best analytical editorial I've read in a long time! I mean it. You express yourself well - it wouldn't surprise me if you're an Op-Ed writer, or planning to be one. If you're planning to be one, you've a great future!

September 19, 2008 10:07 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

More ado about nothing from white trash Republicans and their billionaire bosses.

Anyone who is anyone at all gets hacker attempts---even this lowlife white trash blog has whined about them. The fact that someone actually succeeded with Palin just demonstrates how stupid and ill-equipped for office she is, conducting government business on a public domain.

September 19, 2008 10:14 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:


September 19, 2008 11:31 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Obama's leftists scream bloody murder when the government taps into the emails or phones of people they have reason to suspect of national security breaches or dangers, but when a leftie hacks into Palin's personal email for no reason but nosy snooping with intent to find something harmful to her campaign and to benefit the liberals, then they cry "the public's right to know!" and blame Palin for having a personal account in the first place. Try to allege that's she's breaking the law on purpose to do so. What hypocritical egotists.

NOT that I'm exonerating the Republicans, either -- neither party has done a damn thing to keep our private info OFF the net, where Yahoo (Palin's account), Google and all Net providers place the "confidential" stuff we give them to open our accounts like DOB, age, address, etc. without our permission. This is criminal -- like handing the keys to our ID to ID thieves as well as nosy neighbors and busybodies. They have no moral "right" to post and sell this info, on the excuse that some long-lost classmate may want to find us. If WE want to be found we'll let them know -- they must be required to ASK when we sign up for service. Liberals are even worse at protecting our privacy than conservatives so it makes perfect sense that Obama's lefties would steal ID and then blame the victim.

Yahoo is a nest of ultra-libs who are laughing at us with how easy it is for them to know EVERYTHING about us -- some suspect someone at Yahoo gave out passwords and info.

(BUT they sell info and put it on websites so hackers can find out your password by knowing your DOB and then Googling/Wikeipedia'ing your kids'/ spouses/ mother's maiden names, where you went to high school, and other "secret" stuff.)

We must DEMAND that our privacy not be sold without Permission.

September 19, 2008 11:44 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

10:14 sounds like John Dean on June 18, 1972.

September 19, 2008 11:55 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

It's a pretty good bet that if elected president, John McCain will ensure that truth is revealed about UFOs, especially the ones he saw.

Since UFOs and creatures from other planets seem to always contact or make themselves visable to people out in the country who have no teeth, no shoes, and lead generally isolated lives, it's a wonder than Sarah Palin's husband didn't see them too.


September 19, 2008 1:09 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Obama's lead in Colorado, a key state, increases. Now 10 points.


September 19, 2008 1:12 PM  

Anonymous Job Interviewer said:

Come on! Let's stop asking Sarah Palin tough questions, especially those that have to do with the job the VP.

Dick Cheney, in order to maintain his ability to operate secretly, argued that the VP is part of the legislative branch.

When asked his opinion, Biden said the position was clearly part of the executive branch. Palin, I mean the Bush strategists who tell her what to say, did not reply.


September 19, 2008 1:18 PM  

Anonymous POWgate said:

This rather long piece tries to explain the reasons why John McCain has fought so violently to answer the pleas from the families of Vietnam MIAs as to the truth behind what happened to them.

The writer wonders what horrible secrets McCain is trying so hard to cover up. The affects of his own confession on the other POWs perhaps?


September 19, 2008 1:27 PM  

Anonymous Don't Get Excited said:

This from ABC News:

Reading from a script, Sarah Palin did something that no one can remember any other VP candidate doing: He referred to the "Palin and McCain administration."

Of course, it's just a slip of the tounge from someone who's in way over her head, and there is no truth to the rumor that Karl Rove and the conservatives are planning anything truly sinister.


September 19, 2008 1:48 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

In the meantime, the supposed hacker has released an account of his complicated crime. We should warn you that only advanced computer science-trained minds will be able to understand this, but here goes: the hacker correctly guessed Palin’s simple “Forgot Your Password?” question. Crafty!

Yes, that’s right, the hacker was only able to pull off the break-in by possessing two things unavailable to all other humans: a knowledge that the Internet exists, and 25 minutes of free time. Try to follow along:

Details of this week’s break-in, if authentic, were consistent with speculation by computer security experts who said Yahoo’s “forgot-my-password” service almost certainly was exploited. The mechanism allows customers to retrieve or change their password if they can verify their identity by confirming personal information such as birthdate, zip code and the answer to a “secret question,” such as a childhood pet’s name or school mascot.

Palin’s hacker was challenged to guess where Alaska’s governor met her husband, Todd. Palin herself recounted in her speech at the Republican National Convention that the pair began dating two decades ago in high school in Wasilla, a town near Anchorage.

“I found out later though (sic) more research that they met at high school, so I did variations of that, high, high school, eventually hit on ‘Wasilla high’,” the person wrote.

Ah yes, what those “computer security experts” refer to as the “Change Your Password Scheme,” an advanced ploy first used by an arch Russian hacker in 1998 — legend tells that he wanted to get into his girlfriend’s Hotmail to see if she was saying nasty stuff about him behind his back, to her friends.

And she was.

And now this.

“Wasilla high” was the answer to the secret question — where she met her high school sweetheart husband — for her free online e-mail service on which she conducts official state business.

September 19, 2008 2:11 PM  

Anonymous jeff foxworthy said:

Is your candidate for vice president smarter than a fifth grader?

September 19, 2008 2:27 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

OMG - the people on this blog are as stupid and blind as FatBoy Higby. Even if the comment below were true how many people live in Chicago. But first I digress and ask the bozo to show which news source printed that story below. And NO this silly blog is not a reliable news source. Just look at the cast of characters on this blog, even Don Quixote comes off as intelligent now and then in this circus. ahahahahahheheh

Another stupid comment ....
"The story of the Sarah Palin email hack has taken a new turn. According to security experts, the hackers’ electronic trail has been traced to Barack Obama’s hometown of Chicago. His national headquarters is located there."

September 19, 2008 3:06 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Will Higby ever post a comment about the great ideas and policies Sarah Palin has or will implement.

FatBoy post at least one comment about a real issue and what Sarah Palin will contribute.

The Pig with LipStick is Higby and this blog, this is nothing more than gossip, innuendo and a bitch- fest.

September 19, 2008 3:10 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Palin is a candidate for vice president. She's not going to implement anything. Her ideas and views mean nothing. Her job is to agree with McCain's positions. She is his running mate. When he flip-flops, which is almost daily, it's her job to flop right along.

September 19, 2008 6:01 PM  

Anonymous survey says said:

Is Sarah Palin a pathological liar?

The question is being asked on AOL and answered through an Internet poll.

Nationally, the score is:

35% Yes
60% No
5% No opinion

However, among Alaskans the vote count is:

57% Yes
38% No
5% No opinion

I only checked about a dozen other states, and Alaska is the one with the strongest feelings against her.

September 19, 2008 6:13 PM  

Anonymous Quitter said:

Mega-conservative Patrick Buchanan says it's all over for America as a super power:

"John McCain is going to cut taxes, expand the military, move NATO into Georgia and Ukraine, confront Russia and force Iran to stop enriching uranium or "bomb, bomb, bomb," with Joe Lieberman as wartime consigliere.

Who are we kidding?

What we are witnessing today is how empires end."


September 19, 2008 11:01 PM  

Anonymous Palin for president said:

Republicans are not happy with the ailing geriatric McCain and are clamouring for a Sarah Palin takeover.


September 20, 2008 11:41 AM  

Anonymous Mary said:

If it's so easy to hack into an email account we should all be worried. Worried our Ex's, in-law's (who hate us), stepchildren, bosses, lawyers of those we are in law suits with, and any enemy we have ever had in our life doesn't hack into our email accounts.

This is a problem and one which we should all be concerned about. It's our privacy. It's our lives. Yahoo, Google, AOL, etc should be put on notice to implement better security to our privacy. There was a breakdown in Yahoo's email security and if you have a Yahoo account you should close it. How many times have you shopped or done business (ie bought airline tickets, or do banking, have bills delivered, etc) on the internet and received the a confirmation and or reciept in your email box? Think about it...

This is really serious.

For any of us to be so cavalier and making jokes about Ms. Palin's email account being hacked into is astonishing to me. We should be yelling and screaming to catch the criminals and prosecute them to the fullest extent of the law.

With regard to this caper we shouldn't care about political parties. We should care because you or I or someone we care about could be next...

September 20, 2008 10:29 PM  

Anonymous Payday Loan Advocate said:

David Kernell, the 20-year-old son of Democratic Representative Mike Kernell of Tennessee, got busted. According to CNN “Democratic lawmaker's son indicted in Palin hacking”, David reset the password and gained access to GOP vice presidential candidate Palin's personal e-mail account. Supposedly, David read the content, took a screenshot of Palin's directory, and also attained other private data. Some of the personal information that may have been accessed from Palin's address book includes e-mail addresses, family photos, family cell phone numbers, family birthdates and more. However, despite turning himself in, David Kernell pleaded not guilty. David pled not guilty even though he had allegedly hacked Palin's account and posted the content onto a public web site. David also posted the new password he created for Palin's account onto the public site, which would allow others easy access to Palin's e-mails as well. Consequently, David Kernell could face up to five years in prison, a $250,000 fine and three years of supervised release. At the maximum of $1,500 per loan, David’s bail would require approximately 167 individual payday loans.
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