Sarah Palin’s email exposed

Word leaked out that Sarah Palin was using a private account for sensitive government correspondence. She hoped to avoid an archived paper trail by using Yahoo instead of the official Alaska Government address. It was only a matter of time before a court figured a way to subpoena her for the email account to be released for the TrooperGate investigation.

Crazy Sarah Palin
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Now someone has actually done it! They’ve figured out her password and published her email online.

This is a good time to remember your passwords need to be difficult to crack. She probably had something silly like “Jesus” or “Palin” or “password”. Add numbers and extra letters to your passwords and change them regularly. You should also use different passwords for your multiple accounts.

I can only imagine the juicy content ready to come out if she used the same password for her Netflix, eHarmony, MySpace, and Craigslist Personal ads. How many missed connections could she have in Alaska?

You were the hunk with the dead moose on your truck, I drove by and blew you a kiss. Wanna meet? I’ll blow some more…


  1. A good password wouldn’t have helped her. According to Wired:

    “As detailed in the postings, the Palin hack didn’t require any real skill. Instead, the hacker simply reset Palin’s password using her birthdate, ZIP code and information about where she met her spouse — the security question on her Yahoo account, which was answered (Wasilla High) by a simple Google search.”

  2. It’s interesting how that worked out. The average person’s life wouldn’t be splashed all over the internet. But if you are a celebrity, you need to keep even your secret questions coded.

  3. Over here:

    Ed Felten points out:

    “Yahoo could also have followed Gmail’s lead, and disabled the security-question mechanism unless no logged-in user had accessed the account for five days. This clever trick prevents password ‘recovery’ when there is evidence that somebody who knows the password is actively using the account.”

    But I wonder about that. What if one computer has my email password saved (and I don’t know how to tell it to give me that info) but another doesn’t? I’ve had people tell me they could only get their email at work. That would totally hose them. Still, Ed has a number of other recommendations that make sense.

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