Monday, March 09, 2009

New Charges Against Palin E-mail Attacker

A University of Tennesee student charged last year with breaking into then-vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin's e-mail account has been hit with additional felony charges by federal prosecutors.

Originally charged with unauthorized access to a protected computer, the new charges include fraud, unlawful electronic transmission of data outside Tennessee and attempting to conceal records to impede an FBI investigation.

The story received notoriety not just because the victim was a well-known personality, but because it also focused on the weakness of password reset systems for some e-mail accounts and the ease with which the alleged attacker was able to guess the answers to personal security questions based on publicly available information.

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