Thursday, September 18, 2008

Obama's Computer Hacker Is Like "Tricky Dick" Nixon's "Plumbers"

Just as Nixon had his "plumbers" breaking in at the Watergate in order to look for dirt on his political opponents, Obama enjoys the support of at least one computer geek who hacked into Governor Palin's personal email account to do some opposition research. Sam Gustin at Politico.com reports:

It took a hacker 45 minutes to break into G.O.P. vice-presidential candidate Sarah Palin's Yahoo email account, according to a first-person dispatch posted on 4chan.org, the bulletin board where the original emails were published.

In the post, which has since been removed, but I've posted in its entirety below, someone named "rubico" says they reset Palin's password using information publicly available on the internet, and a little bit of logic. As in, "Where did you meet your spouse?" Wasilla High, of course.


After reading Palin's email, "rubico" writes, "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."

Already, Web sleuths have connected "rubico" to an email account belonging to a college student in from a southern state with famliy ties to state Democratic politics. Most bloggers are not naming the person or their father, because they haven't been formally charged by the authorities, though the identity can be found through some simple Googling.

Apparently when it comes to attempting to smear the opposition, the end always justifies the means for some Obama supporters. How Nixonian!

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