College student found guilty of hacking into Sarah Palin’s personal e-mail account metro.co.uk ^ | May 3rd , 2010 | METRO REPORTER
Posted on Monday, May 03, 2010 2:24:32 PM by Syncro
A college student has been found guilty of hacking into former Republican vice-presidential candidate Sarah Palin’s personal e-mail and posting some of the contents online.
College student David Kernell has been found guilty of hacking into Sarah Palin’s e-mail
A jury decided 22-year-old David Kernell was guilty of obstruction of justice and unauthorised access of a computer, though he was cleared of a wire fraud charge.
In a statement issued on her Facebook page, Palin thanked the jury and prosecutors and explained the case’s importance: “Besides the obvious invasion of privacy and security concerns surrounding this issue, many of us are concerned about the integrity of our country’s political elections.
“America’s elections depend upon fair competition.”
The statement continued: “Violating the law, or simply invading someone’s privacy for political gain, has long been repugnant to Americans’ sense of fair play.
“As Watergate taught us, we rightfully reject illegally breaking into candidates’ private communications for political intrigue in an attempt to derail an election.”
In September 2008, Kernell gained access to Palin’s personal account by guessing the answers to security questions.