Wednesday, October 08, 2008

David Kernell accused of being Palin hacker...

Quite a few of the media outlets, including the Blade is reporting on the story of the indictment and that 20 year old David Kernell pled not guilty this morning to the charges that he hacked into Governor Palin's email account.

This story would have made some of the media as far as something that was covered no matter who was indicted given the fact that the hacking into the email account of Governor Sarah Palin did generate media/blog coverage. What has created some additional attention to the story is that David Kernell is the son of Tennessee state legislator, Mike Kernell. He is a Democrat and his son is an Obama supporter.

As everything seems to be partisan, some are trying to blame Palin as evidenced in the comments of this Washington Post article because her password was able to be hacked for her personal email...Others are searching for a connection to the Obama campaign that one person in the comments of this blog, suggests exists.

Since the possible sentence if convicted is five years, discussion is already taking place that a prison sentence should not happen by some on the Democratic side of the blogosphere. It's not going to be shocking that those on the Republican side and those concerned about identity theft feel otherwise.

It's clear this was politically motivated from information that was released by the hacker "Rubico":
”I really wanted to get something incriminating which I was sure there would be,” the e-mails said. “I read though the e-mails ALL OF THEM before I posted, and what I concluded was anticlimactic, there was nothing there, nothing incriminating, nothing that would derail her campaign as I had hoped, all I saw was personal stuff, some clerical stuff from when she was governor and pictures of her family.” ~Rubico

Is David Kernell "Rubico" as well as many other questions will remain since he did plead not guilty and like everyone else, is considered innocent until either a court proves him guilty or there is some other admission of guilt.

Earlier in September when this story was brewing on the blogosphere, Sharon Cobb was talking to State Rep. Mike Kernell pretty late at night, 2:14 a.m.:
UPDATE: 2:14 AM I just got off the phone yet again with Mike Kernell, and still no one from law enforcement has visited him or his son.

I have, however, been verbally attacked for defending my friend, Rep. Mike Kernell, and he's still getting death threats.

That seems a bit odd considering at that time she and many others stated this was nothing more than a rumor and that no one from the authorities had contacted any of the Kernell family to create that late night of a phone call, but it does seem that she and Mike Kernell are very close friends.

Personally, I'd like to believe if the Obama campaign was going to have someone try to hack into someone's email account that they would use a real professional instead of someone who appears to have not been able to cover his own tracks very well. I think that's wishful thinking on the part of some of the anti-Obama crowd...

What this does demonstrate though is that people need to make sure that even in personal email accounts they don't use passwords that a 20 year old with too much time on his hands can figure out.

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