TECHMOLOGIES  7:10 pm September 18, 2008

Palin E-mail Hacker Reveals How He Got In: By Having A Working Brain

by Jim Newell

The FBI and Secret Service have launched a Special Investigation into the important matter of some “hacker” breaking into Sarah Palin’s Yahoo! e-mail and taking a few benign screen shots. Michelle Malkin, Bill O’Reilly et al. have been lambasting our friends at Gawker for posting the screen shots; O’Reilly even said that Gawker owner Nick Denton should be thrown in jail forever. (Maybe? But not for this.) In the meantime, the supposed hacker has released an account of his complicated crime. We should warn you that only advanced computer science-trained minds will be able to understand this, but here goes: the hacker correctly guessed Palin’s simple “Forgot Your Password?” question. Crafty!

Yes, that’s right, the hacker was only able to pull off the break-in by possessing two things unavailable to all other humans: a knowledge that the Internet exists, and 25 minutes of free time. Try to follow along:

Details of this week’s break-in, if authentic, were consistent with speculation by computer security experts who said Yahoo’s “forgot-my-password” service almost certainly was exploited. The mechanism allows customers to retrieve or change their password if they can verify their identity by confirming personal information such as birthdate, zip code and the answer to a “secret question,” such as a childhood pet’s name or school mascot.

Palin’s hacker was challenged to guess where Alaska’s governor met her husband, Todd. Palin herself recounted in her speech at the Republican National Convention that the pair began dating two decades ago in high school in Wasilla, a town near Anchorage.

“I found out later though (sic) more research that they met at high school, so I did variations of that, high, high school, eventually hit on ‘Wasilla high’,” the person wrote.

Ah yes, what those “computer security experts” refer to as the “Change Your Password Scheme,” an advanced ploy first used by an arch Russian hacker in 1998 — legend tells that he wanted to get into his girlfriend’s Hotmail to see if she was saying nasty stuff about him behind his back, to her friends.

And she was.

And now this.

“Wasilla high” was the answer to the secret question — where she met her high school sweetheart husband — for her free online e-mail service on which she conducts official state business.

Hacker impersonated Palin, stole e-mail password [AP]
[Does this really qualify as an "impersonation," AP? -- Ed.]

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Terry September 18, 2008 at 7:13 pm

Proof positive that Sarah Palin is a dumb ass.

iwillsavethispatient September 18, 2008 at 7:14 pm

Where did I meet my husband in what respect, Charlie?

InsidiousTuna September 18, 2008 at 7:17 pm


grendel September 18, 2008 at 7:19 pm

McCain’s answer to his secret question: FIVE AND A HALF YEARS, ALLAN!

Godot September 18, 2008 at 7:20 pm

High-tech shit!

CivicHoliday September 18, 2008 at 7:20 pm

Wow. I bet her luggage code is 1234.

FreshCliches September 18, 2008 at 7:21 pm

Wait, was she referring to the educational institution, or the Alaska Meth Capital thingy?

StupidGeek September 18, 2008 at 7:22 pm

Sarah Palin should never be allowed on the email.

madirishman September 18, 2008 at 7:23 pm

And this is the person that the Republicans want to put one heartbeat away from the NUCLEAR LAUNCH CODES!

I find the Walnuts/Caribou Barbie campaign’s outrage over this to be both amusing and hypocritical. So Barbie’s e-mail got hacked–welcome to the 21st Century! As anyone with a Facebook/MySpace page can tell you: If you want to keep it private, DON’T put it on-line!

tunamelt September 18, 2008 at 7:25 pm

Did he wear a Sarah Palin wig and glasses while doing this?

Whitey Did Katrina September 18, 2008 at 7:26 pm

This is why I answer this question not with where I met my spouse but with where I met my spouse’s ex-business partner. Just because it’s much harder to guess. No other reason whatsoever.

Godot September 18, 2008 at 7:27 pm

McCain’s secret question: What is your stance of federal regulation of the nation’s financial institutions?

“I’m against it! No wait, I’m for it. Oh, but I made this email account in 2003, what did I think back then? I know I voted against it in 1999, but introduced legislation for it in 2005, but then spoke against it in early 2008 and in favor of it today… Oh right! The answer is ‘WALNUTS!’”

Dave J. September 18, 2008 at 7:27 pm

I bet her password is “password,” and I bet she thinks this is pretty flippin’ clever.

njdon September 18, 2008 at 7:27 pm

i’ve found that just looking over someone’s shoulder while they’re typing in their password is quite effective. palin would just think i was looking down her dress which i might be doing also.

InsidiousTuna September 18, 2008 at 7:28 pm

This is the real shit. This is like, raw intelligence.

tunamelt September 18, 2008 at 7:29 pm

[re=101138]njdon[/re]: Are you wall-eyed?

StrangelyBrown September 18, 2008 at 7:29 pm

[re=101129]CivicHoliday[/re]: Shit, I have to change the combination on my luggage…

On the other hand, how is this development a good thing? Doesn’t it just gave Yahoo an excuse to destroy important evidence against Palin in the whole Troopergate fiasco? At the very least, doesn’t it taint (if you will) that evidence in the eyes of the investigation?

I feel a free pass coming Governor Palin’s way soon.

apocalypsethen September 18, 2008 at 7:29 pm

I am reminded of “spaceballs.” let’s hope this ends the same way, with a giant vacuum cleaner lady crashing into the planet.

Texan Bulldoggette September 18, 2008 at 7:30 pm

[re=101129]CivicHoliday[/re]: No, silly, that’s her ATM pin.

PoliTacky September 18, 2008 at 7:32 pm

the hacker correctly guessed Palin’s simple “Forgot Your Password?” question.
…and that is why, no matter how massive the faux-outrage over the “breach” of Palin’s free email account, this is hysterically funny. You cannot convince me otherwise.

XOMuffintop September 18, 2008 at 7:34 pm

Wow…I gotta go change the answer to my Yahoo account question. No everyone knows where I met my meth dealer.

graceless September 18, 2008 at 7:36 pm

[re=101148]PoliTacky[/re]: Ha ha ha ha ah ha!

madirishman September 18, 2008 at 7:39 pm

[re=101136]Godot[/re]: No, my friend. You have forgotten that super-patriot Walnuts does not use a computer, because they are godless, Communistic instruments of the Devil! He’s also too damn senile to figure out how to turn on a computer!

smellyal8r September 18, 2008 at 7:40 pm

So Comic Book Guy from The Simpsons sits around all day to get into her Yahoo email account and, really, doesn’t find that much? And Bill O’Reilly wants everyone jailed? Meanwhile, Wall Street continues to melt down, the first debates are in a week and Vice President Whoozits continues to command wars in whatever those countries are according to Angler, a great new book.

obfuscator September 18, 2008 at 7:40 pm

[re=101139]InsidiousTuna[/re]: I just thought you might be interested to know that that your shit is secure…

Canuck13652 September 18, 2008 at 7:42 pm

What I really love is that they’re all pissed that she got hacked, but really don’t give a shit about letting the government spy on anyone it wants. Republican Governors’ emails are off limits, but all you middle class people are screwed! Why does Gawker hate freedom?

windupbird September 18, 2008 at 7:43 pm

Anyone else think that the “hacker” is really someone in the McCain/Palin camp who supplied the screenshots to prove that there are only “inconsequential” emails being sent to this account, not state business that should be sent to her .gov email account? Maybe the “hacker” waited until the yahoo account was scrubbed of anything incriminating. The timing of this is suspect.

snig September 18, 2008 at 7:46 pm

The hacker was just seconds away from impacting the intricacies of our relations with the Russians and then taking command of the Alaskan National Guard.

Serolf Divad September 18, 2008 at 7:51 pm

Putin is just begging that she be our next VP.

Norbert September 18, 2008 at 7:52 pm

I’m gonna try this for Cheney’s email, and maybe turn up those millions of missing ones. The password is probably something like “gofuckyourself”. If I get anywhere, I’ll report back.

windupbird September 18, 2008 at 7:54 pm

[re=101160]snig[/re]: well, not really what I was inferring. Something pertinent to the Troopergate investigation maybe.

mirrorball September 18, 2008 at 7:55 pm

Wait, wait. I’ve seen this movie. The next thing the hacker will do is play global thermonuclear war. Then we’re all screwed.

AngryBlakGuy September 18, 2008 at 7:59 pm

…i got nothing! She’s just a dumb ass, plain and simple!!!

columnv September 18, 2008 at 8:01 pm

[re=101129]CivicHoliday[/re]: or 1-1-1-1

mattbolt September 18, 2008 at 8:01 pm

I’m not surprised at all. That’s really the only way to get into someone’s Yahoo account, is the off chance that they’re a collosal retard and actual gave a functional, guessable password question. Here’s a free tip: Don’t even put in a real question with a real answer, and just remember your goddamn password.

All these people talking about hackers hacking into the hacker database to hack the hackery have probably never even seen a computer and only have a vague idea of how online security works based on the movies “War Games”, “Hackers” and “Swordfish”, where cool young teens pound away at keyboards for 5 minutes as geometric shapes spin and move on the screen and finally go “I’M IN, I’VE GOT THE LAUNCH CODES”

smellyal8r September 18, 2008 at 8:03 pm

[re=101159]windupbird[/re]: No you are not the only one. Rove staged a “break-in” of his Austin office 25 years ago during a Texas gubernatorial race so he could blame the D’s for “stealing information”. He also discovered what he said was a “listening device” planted in the wall. The truth is out there.

Scooter September 18, 2008 at 8:05 pm

I guarantee that the FBI has been hacking Hopey’s e-mail ever since his 2004 keynote address!!

And of course Grampy wouldn’t know how to use a computer. That’s a job for the help, like washing cars, or running a leaf-blower or keeping track of how many houses Cindzilla owns!

Canmon (the Inadequate) September 18, 2008 at 8:07 pm

[re=101159]windupbird[/re]: When McCain kept saying he was computer illiterate, he was just setting up an alibi.

2druk2phluq September 18, 2008 at 8:07 pm

Hacking ish hard. Maybeez if I just answer this questions… voila. Tremble before me, for I have secured photo of Bristol making funny face! And now it’s time for the kegger.

Where I come from that’s not called hacking. That’s just punking stupidity. Hacking requires actual knowledge of TCP/IP transmissions and SSL and SSH and RSH and ICMP and packet sniffing and
My head exploded.

S.P. — such a pretty face, such an empty little mind.

LuxMentis September 18, 2008 at 8:14 pm

Ok, cracking someone’s online mail is tacky (it is not “hacking”, per se…but god forbid anyone pay attention to such things). That said, anyone who thinks yahoo/hotmail/etc are “secure” email services are deluding themselves. These issues notwithstanding:

When is anyone going to ask this elected official why she was using a yahoo account to conduct official state business. I may be mistake here, but I am reasonably certain this violates AK (and pretty much every other state’s) open records statute. Mind you, she is just following form to the example set by her spiritual leader in the white house.

Still, I honestly care less about some twit using a “breath in, breath out” method of accessing a crappy online email system than I do an elected official making a *conscious effort* to circumvent offical, mandated communication channels.

The Helvetica Scenario September 18, 2008 at 8:15 pm
sati demise September 18, 2008 at 8:16 pm

No use for the other guy to hack into Palins passport records, as happened to all the other candidates.

Everyone knows she went to Ireland.

[re=101159]windupbird[/re]: Makes perfect sense if you think about the wikipedia ‘scandal’ and all the other bullshit surrounding Bible Spice.

ManchuCandidate September 18, 2008 at 8:16 pm

Sarah’s never seen Wargames?

Oh silly me. If she had then it would have made her an expert in US America Nuclear SIOP.

Walter Sobchak September 18, 2008 at 8:18 pm

My local news just reported that “Hackers from the website” were the ones that did it. Seriously, the showed a screenshot of the fucking words in the Gawker story that explained it was 4chan while they said it. That’s investigative reporting we can believe in!

hey Angry Blak guy, do you post elsewhere with that name?

Gopherit v2.0 September 18, 2008 at 8:23 pm

I’d like to see a Nick Denton-Bill O’Reilly cage match. i bet they both fight with girlie slaps.

Gopherit v2.0 September 18, 2008 at 8:24 pm

[re=101178]ManchuCandidate[/re]: Can you imagine her in an NSA briefing? That image will alternately haunt and amuse me until the election.

DieOnTheTurnpike September 18, 2008 at 8:26 pm

[re=101167]mirrorball[/re]: wouldn’t they rather play a nice game of chess?

sailingthestyx September 18, 2008 at 8:29 pm

[re=101129]CivicHoliday[/re]: still 1-1-1-1; never changed the code that was included when the luggage lock was bought…

sailingthestyx September 18, 2008 at 8:31 pm

[re=101135]Whitey Did Katrina[/re]: thanks, that’s hilarious…

grevillea September 18, 2008 at 8:31 pm

Michelle Malkin and her coterie of mouth-breathers are totally congratulating themselves for googling details about the alleged hacker and keeping the pressure on… It’s kinda sweet, like Trig Palin picking up a bottle cap and saying “Iz diss a clue,Ossifer?”

sailingthestyx September 18, 2008 at 8:31 pm

[re=101136]Godot[/re]: wide…

ManchuCandidate September 18, 2008 at 8:33 pm

[re=101182]Gopherit v2.0[/re]:

I’m thinking SnowBunny’s reaction post briefing would look something like this:

rev_matt_y September 18, 2008 at 8:36 pm

My super secret technique is to give the wrong answers to the security questions. My mom only has one maiden name, but there are an almost infinite number of last names that are not her maiden name.

Gopherit v2.0 September 18, 2008 at 8:36 pm

[re=101188]ManchuCandidate[/re]: Where’d you find Bristol’s graduation picture?

LuxMentis September 18, 2008 at 8:37 pm

@2drnk2fuq – Dead on…penetration. It is all about penetration. In my world, “to hack” is to gain unauthorized access or control of system or subsystem. I admit, I am old, I have coded in Machine, Basic, Pascal, Cobol, UNIX, etc and I…very unfairly…think that if you need your programing language to be “visual”, you should really go back to playing your FPS and leave me alone [mind you, I am old and feeble now and now get too much pleasure complaining about Script Kiddies (

The issue is *not* the cracking of her account…it is her cracking of state law.

Sadly, no one wants to talk about this…probably because so many people use crappy online email services and they are suddenly confronted with just how insecure those systems are… Urgh.

And MM, et al are obsessed with the “hacker” because they sure as hell do not want anyone asking why the Gov. was using yahoo for state business. Tools.

El Bombastico September 18, 2008 at 8:41 pm

[re=101168]AngryBlakGuy[/re]: ABK, when did you become a Kos diarist? They are going to squeeze the snark out of you, leaving you a pie-eyed, earnest idealist.

rocktonsammy September 18, 2008 at 8:45 pm

whats ironical, is that she used yahoo, bet she met the Toddster on yahoo personals, I’m so over this dumb cunt, sorry Vice President cunt.

Walter Sobchak September 18, 2008 at 8:49 pm

[re=101168]AngryBlakGuy[/re]: Didn’t mean to out you there, if indeed that’s you. Sorry dude. The Great Orange Satan is ok, though. I’m not sure it that’s my guilty pleasure, or wonkette is… Though I imagine it has to be one or the other.

natoslug September 18, 2008 at 8:53 pm

[re=101156]obfuscator[/re]: No way his shit is secure — I just found a copy on the floor of the women’s locker room. Unfortunately, it’s all just numbers and dates, so I haven’t been able to crack the code yet.

Jim Newell September 18, 2008 at 8:55 pm

[re=101198]Walter Sobchak[/re]: OOOOH, this is rich. What is his diarist name?
[re=101168]AngryBlakGuy[/re]: What is your diarist name?

Jim Newell September 18, 2008 at 8:58 pm

[re=101201]Jim Newell[/re]: Oh I see, it’s “Angry Blak Guy.” Hmm!

Walter Sobchak September 18, 2008 at 8:59 pm

Jim, come on. It’s like fight club, but less homoerotic.

tunamelt September 18, 2008 at 9:07 pm

Volatile Hot Ginger on Maddow alert.

fuzznuts September 18, 2008 at 9:08 pm

Nick Denton in jail forever? Nah, just hang him by his thumbs
(I’m giving him credit for having them) until his site stops the
barrage of pop up ads and “warning – your browser is in need
of decontamination” or something like that pop ups.

Also, I never refer to her husband as the “Toddster”, I choose
to call him the “Toaster”, just an appliance she keeps around
the house, to use along with her Black and Decker vibrator.

tsunami September 18, 2008 at 9:09 pm

angry is one of my favorites. he’s on kos? you’re on kos, abg?


is tits larue there too?

Walter Sobchak September 18, 2008 at 9:09 pm

Man, I am like the King Retard of Wonkette lately. First I spark a conversation that gets Shorts perma-extra-double secret banned, now this. I need to have my internets taken away.

expatinOz September 18, 2008 at 9:11 pm

Hey all you haters, just remember the reason McCain Can’t use a computer is that his injuries from Vietnam prevent him from using a keyboard. So what if Stephen Hawking can use a fucking computer? Did he live in a hole for FIVE AND A HALF YEARS? You’re all just haters, haters.

tunamelt September 18, 2008 at 9:15 pm

[re=101208]Walter Sobchak[/re]: You just inspired me to visit Kos, though!

tsunami September 18, 2008 at 9:16 pm

[re=101208]Walter Sobchak[/re]:

i’ve been away. shorts is banned? and i missed it?

and, somehow it’s you fault walt?

whew…time for a doober.

irisheyes September 18, 2008 at 9:19 pm

[re=101208]Walter Sobchak[/re]: I thought shorts was on vacay?

tsunami September 18, 2008 at 9:20 pm


i’m spending too much time on nyt caucus…i thought you were serious
until the last two sentences.

whew…it’s not you. it’s me.

tunamelt September 18, 2008 at 9:21 pm

[re=101213]tsunami[/re]: He’s not banned anymore.

tsunami September 18, 2008 at 9:23 pm



btw…rachael is great tonight…and she was smart enough not to
interrupt jim webb.

TeddyS September 18, 2008 at 9:25 pm

Program Note: Mrs. Bullwinkle plays both leading roles in tonight’s performace of Dumb and Dumber.

Walter Sobchak September 18, 2008 at 9:28 pm

[re=101213]tsunami[/re]: Shorts apparently got banned, and complained on the facebook group, and then got around the ban, and came back as ShortsPantsShorts. I was drunk, so I missed all that, and then I asked him what happened, and he explained, and then there was much gnashing of teeth, and Sara came on and yelled at him, and after I read what he said to get banned, I could see why. It was a little excessive and not really funny, just foul. Like, in a bad way, not the way we like it. I haven’t seen him since.
So not really my fault, I’m just the goober that wandered in like Forrest Gump at the Black Panther Party and started asking dumb questions.

Walter Sobchak September 18, 2008 at 9:29 pm

[re=101219]tsunami[/re]: Oh. Well good then! That still does not make me less dumb, however.

tunamelt September 18, 2008 at 9:35 pm

[re=101222]Walter Sobchak[/re]: But they let him back as shortsshortsshorts after much bitching. I missed the whole first part with the offensive comment.

Guppy06 September 18, 2008 at 9:37 pm

The worst thing is that the kid who did this will get hauled away to jail (the Secret Service? When did Yahoo! become a federal agency?) while Dear Governor will get away without even a slap on the wrist, because government officials remain the only group of people you actually need a warrant for.

Walter Sobchak September 18, 2008 at 9:47 pm

[re=101225]tunamelt[/re]: Yeah, like I said, I was drunk for that part, I just wandered in and and was like ? and then Sara was like !!!@*%&$ and then I just left it alone.

grendel September 18, 2008 at 9:55 pm

[re=101188]ManchuCandidate[/re]: Hey, the missing Bristol Palin pictures! I wanna party with that chick!

Rush September 18, 2008 at 10:02 pm

In what respect Charlie?
In what respect Charlie?
In what respect Charlie?
In what respect Charlie?
In what respect Charlie?
In what respect Charlie?
In what respect Charlie?
In what respect Charlie?

tsunami September 18, 2008 at 10:08 pm

[re=101227]Walter Sobchak[/re]:

sara…OUR sara was like !!!@*%&$?

well, after the doobie…it’s all pretty funny.
amazing how that happens…every time.

HuskyMescan September 18, 2008 at 10:09 pm

Here’s a taste of what’s to come in the Palin/Biden debate: – Palin’s incoherent answer to a simple question at a pre-ticketed McCain townhall

Warning, the video will make you dumb for about 10 min. the effect will wear off.

Rush September 18, 2008 at 10:13 pm


OK, I am now taking a spoon and digging out my armpits after that clip – just so I can regain some feeling and sensation as a human.

She actually used the word “molecule” – I just wonder “in what respect”

Luke Warm September 18, 2008 at 10:14 pm

Is that Ricky Gervais in the picture?

Walter Sobchak September 18, 2008 at 10:17 pm

[re=101232]tsunami[/re]: Far out, man.

irisheyes September 18, 2008 at 10:18 pm

I am so looking forward to October 2nd! Can you even picture the way Joe will have to contort his face so that it doesn’t express, “WTF?!” ?

Then again, the Repugs will probably try and manufacture a reason for her not to participate…

EliteAfroChick September 18, 2008 at 10:22 pm

Leave AngryBlackGuy alone!!!! *insert Chris Crocker*

RubberSoul September 18, 2008 at 10:29 pm

[re=101238]irisheyes[/re]: At this point she’d be better off cooperating with the Troopergate investigation (but it must be on 10/2 and 10/2 only!) rather than subject herself to the Wrath of Biden. She’s only got two more weeks to find some semblance of a clue and from what I’ve seen so far, that ain’t happening.

WadISay September 18, 2008 at 10:29 pm

[re=101233]HuskyMescan[/re]: A policy discussion between her and Bush would send Excedrin sales through the roof.

HuskyMescan September 18, 2008 at 10:29 pm

I don’t know. I’m afraid to see it again, the stupid effect might become permanent this time. It was a bunch of words all strung together.

meth. that’s the only explanation.

grevillea September 18, 2008 at 10:33 pm

[re=101234]Rush[/re]: “Molecules”? She didn’t learn a godless, elitist word like that at Wasilla Bible Church!

Mista Eko September 18, 2008 at 10:36 pm

Who the fuck uses Yahoo mail anymore besides as an account you can send all your spam to? This is ultra fail on so many goddamn levels.

Johnny Zhivago September 18, 2008 at 10:37 pm

Yo, Morans:

She knows more about energy than just about anyone else in the United States, so replay that clip a few times and learn something!

answerbird September 18, 2008 at 10:41 pm

Should have used the President of Spain as her password, at least walnuts would not be able to get in – oh yea, he doesn’t do the intertubes.

Johnny Zhivago September 18, 2008 at 10:41 pm

Here is a transcript of Palin’s rather brilliant answer:

“Oil and coal? Of course, it’s a fungible commodity and they don’t flag, you know, the molecules, where it’s going and where it’s not. But in the sense of the Congress today, they know that there are very, very hungry domestic markets that need that oil first,” Palin said. “So, I believe that what Congress is going to do, also, is not to allow the export bans to such a degree that it’s Americans that get stuck to holding the bag without the energy source that is produced here, pumped here. It’s got to flow into our domestic markets first.”

Johnny Zhivago September 18, 2008 at 10:46 pm

If you want to see a Moran at work, check out McCain discussing fish and oil rigs:

InKnockYouUs September 18, 2008 at 10:51 pm

shorts, you said shorts?

“In recent weeks, Mr. Cox has also stepped up his criticism of short sellers, particularly those who engage in “naked” short selling. While short sellers are supposed to borrow shares before selling them, naked shorts do not borrow.”:

O noes, naked shorts!

irisheyes September 18, 2008 at 10:53 pm

[re=101251]Johnny Zhivago[/re]: Wow. I kind of thought that after a long day I just wasn’t listening properly. Now that I see it in writing it’s even worse. Shit, I think my IQ has dropped a few points just reading that. Honestly, my 13 year old daughter commented to day that she and one of her friends could probably beat McCain/Palin in a debate. She’s absolutely right. They’d beat them handily.

sati demise September 18, 2008 at 11:00 pm

[re=101251]Johnny Zhivago[/re]: Yeah!, lets start talking about American market protectionism in regard to oil when we have 3% of the worlds oil reserves and use 25% of the worlds oil.


Reefpilot September 18, 2008 at 11:13 pm

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again:

You can’t make this shit up.

In the words of Daniel Day-Lewis… I’M FINISHED

expatinOz September 18, 2008 at 11:15 pm

[re=101217]tsunami[/re]: I only about the first three comments on any nyt caucus page and then my eyes glaze over in an attempt to keep my IQ from dropping.

expatinOz September 18, 2008 at 11:16 pm

It’s obviously not working as that was meant to say, I only READ… damn nyt caucus!

ms_mcgee September 18, 2008 at 11:16 pm

Yes, let’s put this woman in charge of our national security. It’ll go very well.

ms_mcgee September 18, 2008 at 11:21 pm

[re=101177]sati demise[/re]: Bible Spice. Oh, I love it.

spencer September 18, 2008 at 11:25 pm

[re=101159]windupbird[/re]: Not especially since the hacker supposedly came from which would be a bit too strange of a pansy for them.

sanantonerose September 18, 2008 at 11:37 pm

[re=101139]InsidiousTuna[/re]: Osborne Cox?

sanantonerose September 18, 2008 at 11:40 pm

[re=101171]smellyal8r[/re]: 10-4, good buddy.

mrtrailsafety September 18, 2008 at 11:42 pm

[re=101169]columnv[/re]: maybe its 2-4-69…

mookworthjwilson September 18, 2008 at 11:44 pm

[re=101129]CivicHoliday[/re]: where’s that helmet guy when we need him???

facehead September 19, 2008 at 12:14 am

What exactly is the law that this “hacker” has broken? This is a federal law?

Is it always illegal to do what he did? I would get in trouble if I found out someone’s yahoo password and looked at their emails? Or is it just because she’s a governor? Does this font make my ass look big?

On the Border September 19, 2008 at 12:18 am

[re=101160]snig[/re]: Just a minute. It appears there is one email that has not been secured. It was headed toward a defense site in outer Yakutsk and we are unable to make contact with it! Too bad Palin fired Public Safety Commissioner Colonel Korn and he’s now locked himself in his office with the recall code!

trondant September 19, 2008 at 12:18 am

God, will no one rid me of this moose-eating harpy bitch?

Weeping Jesus September 19, 2008 at 12:26 am

Yesterday they actually allowed Palin to take a question from a “member” of the audience at a rally. Okay, she was a plant, but still…. the questioner asked her to “mitigate” claims that she was lacking in foreign policy knowledge and skills.

It was a brilliant response we’ve come to expect. Along the lines of “God willing, when we take office on January 20, we’ll be ready. We’ll be ready.”

I’m writing a book called, “Cry, the Beloved Country.” I’ve only got the title so far (which I find catchy). The pages will actually be nothing but tear stained, sodden tissues.

dwarf74 September 19, 2008 at 12:30 am

Yep, that was more or less exactly what I thought it was… Calling it “hacking” is generous.

rambone September 19, 2008 at 12:35 am

[re=101277]facehead[/re]: They’re just picking on him because he’s black.

btwbfdimho September 19, 2008 at 12:36 am

[re=101159]windupbird[/re]: Good point, but I was just thinking, what is the difference between McCain and Mohamed Atta?

Mista Eko September 19, 2008 at 12:39 am

God bless you once again, Anonymous…

CrabtreesBludgeon September 19, 2008 at 12:50 am

@Weeping Jesus: I saw that yesterday, my brain is still not back to satisfactory working condition. Speaking of, can one of you teach me how to reply to a post all cool like? I’m kind of a computer moran.

1ofUS September 19, 2008 at 1:34 am

Only a week since Sept. 11 and already the divisiveness. That’s just not showing the kind of respect we’ve come to expect here in AK, Charlie.

Lascauxcaveman September 19, 2008 at 1:47 am

[re=101233]HuskyMescan[/re]: Far Out, thanks for linking that, despite the permanent damage to my ears. That is the very first YouTube clip in my experience where the comments have approached Wonkette/Gawker levels of humor and snark.

You Tube? Who knew?

Also: Fungible!

InsidiousTuna September 19, 2008 at 1:51 am

[re=101199]natoslug[/re]: It was just lying there…

InsidiousTuna September 19, 2008 at 1:56 am

[re=101266]sanantonerose[/re]: …

Is this… Osborne Cox?

grendel September 19, 2008 at 1:57 am

[re=101294]Lascauxcaveman[/re]: Is fungible really that uncommon a word? Nobody in the YouTube comments seems to know what it means, which surprises me… I guess it’s too ‘leetist to use in a political setting, but still…

Joey Ratz September 19, 2008 at 2:06 am

Wow. Those are some seriously angry letters Gawker received. It’s an odd combination – they are full of braindead macho posturing about executions and turning people into bear shit and that sort of stuff, so they are obviously written by freedom-lovin’ mavericks. On the other hand, they have a strangely homoerotic fascination with stormtroopers, jackboots and a fascist-style omnipotent and omniscient state. How do these freedom-loving fascists resolve their inner contradictions? It must be tough being a repub these days.

Twinkle Twinkle Lil Star September 19, 2008 at 2:07 am

[re=101222]Walter Sobchak[/re]: I always thought Shorts was a chick…

Twinkle Twinkle Lil Star September 19, 2008 at 2:10 am

…fungible sounds like a made-up word. and yet it is a word.

Huh. You learn something new everyday. Crazy.

HuskyMescan September 19, 2008 at 2:14 am

Talk about a neocon in training: – Palin and the muthafuckin Bush advisors

My goal is to destroy the Alaskan Lipstick Pig through this beloved series of tubes.

HuskyMescan September 19, 2008 at 2:18 am

no problem, cavey.
fungible sounds like it needs an ointment.

fuzznuts September 19, 2008 at 2:23 am

McOld carries “Preparation H” in a lipstick dispenser?

Marilyn September 19, 2008 at 2:28 am

Can I just tell you something? Seriously. You are truly funny. You need to get laid (but don’t we all….) but you CRACK me up. THankyou! Motherfucker

InsidiousTuna September 19, 2008 at 2:49 am
Tawmn September 19, 2008 at 2:58 am

[re=101306]InsidiousTuna[/re]: damn… that is some healthy vitriol!

Captain Swing September 19, 2008 at 4:18 am

It’s truly amazing the amount of hot air these brain-dead morons can generate because someone with a computer and a modicum of intelligence managed to hack the email account of their equally brain-dead candidate, who not only made her account child’s play to access, but was dumb enough to be conducting gummit business on a non-secure, non-gummit computer.

Funny how these same blowhards can’t manage so much as a whimper against a Commander-in-Chief who has spent the past seven years trashing the Constitution and sending their country broke.

Serolf Divad September 19, 2008 at 5:18 am


Uh… Americans don’t drink Vodka. We drink Whiskey. And Palin specificallydrinks the blood of baby harp seals.

Borat September 19, 2008 at 5:22 am

[re=101251]Johnny Zhivago[/re]: yes, but according to CNN only “some” might find her answer convoluted. Who are those smartyness-pants?

Delicious September 19, 2008 at 7:39 am

[re=101306]InsidiousTuna[/re]: Sarah Palin, Mrs. Nobody know-it-all shreiking cow from Alaska, the joke of American politics -Pravda

“Hey now!” – Hank Kingsley

gurukalehuru September 19, 2008 at 7:40 am

[re=101163]Serolf Divad[/re]: Argh! When you wrote Putin, I read Palin and then that brought me to the realization that there are only two letters different in their names, and what’s more, those two letters are AL and UT. Now that could stand for Alaska and Utah, and there’s a magic underwear connection in there somewhere, but there’s a likelier scenario. Put an E in the middle(which stands for Environmentalists can go fuck themselves) and you have Aleut, which made me see, it was like a light going on in my brain, that her plan is to take that Bridge to Nowhere money, and jointly build, with the Russkies, a series of bridges across the Aleutian islands, linking Alaska and Siberia. Either they can invade us by land, or we can invade them by land, but either way, it’s a glorious Armageddon day parade.
…and isn’t that what we all want, to fulfill God’s secret plan, which is to have us all kill ourselves?

njdon September 19, 2008 at 7:46 am

in the defense dept. you don’t need hackers. the boss gets into the system and screwa it all up. dilbert’s boss lives.

lilblackcorvette September 19, 2008 at 8:01 am

WTF!!11!! I reply to a Yahoo e-mail at work, hit send and this dizzy witch’s face pops up. As if I wasn’t in a bad mood already! Too much, I tells ya, It’s just too much!

Servo September 19, 2008 at 8:21 am

Actually, I read a proposal for just that bridge some years back in Popular Science or Mechanics. Laughed my ass off. As smart as these engineers portray themselves, they always seem to overlook the most obvious problems with their designs. In this case, there were several. First, the span. Look at the length of the Aleutian chain on a globe, then add the span across the Bering Sea. Second, the construction environment, which is one of the most hostile on Earth. How many lives are you willing to lose? Third, and probably the most obvious; ICE. Big fuckin’ chunks of polar ice would easily smash any bridge piers. DUH! Finally, what would be the gain?

I can never understand why these engineers can’t focus their ambitions on something far more useful, like self-sustaining communities, rather than teaming with politicians to have penis comparisons.

eyesfriedopen September 19, 2008 at 8:24 am

Where did you meet your husband?

“Er, that would be in the butt, Alex.”

Delicious September 19, 2008 at 8:25 am

[re=101286]Mista Eko[/re]:
Now the world has an opportunity to send pictures of genitals and bodily movements to Alaska’s power elite.

Democracy in action.

HappyWiteGuy September 19, 2008 at 8:28 am

Where was the secret service when someone hacked Paris Hilton’s blackberry?

ManchuCandidate September 19, 2008 at 8:31 am

As an engineer, I can say that we like a challenge. Similar to a competitive eater who is challenged to eat 40 hot dogs in a minute. It doesn’t matter if eating 40 hot dogs isn’t healthy, gives you indigestion or fill you with enough nitrates to fertilize a 10000 acre farm.

Fortunately, most of these ideas are usually done out of boredom and never see the light of day. It seems to me that most ideas in PS or PM are usually submitted by publicity whores or engineering firm marketers (assholes.)

Delicious September 19, 2008 at 8:34 am
rockstarjoe September 19, 2008 at 8:52 am

I got in on this story at the ground floor, so to speak, and it has been really fun watching it filter out through the media. People really are idiots about computers, aren’t they? OH NOHZ ITZ THE HACXORS!

facehead September 19, 2008 at 8:53 am

Palin: “Change I can believe in? How about I shit on your head!?! I don’t know which one of these obamofascists Double-O-Sevened my email, but I AM sure that this goes against the Bush Doctrine IN EVERY RESPECT CHARLIE!!!”

njdon September 19, 2008 at 9:01 am

[re=101325]Servo[/re]: no problem crossing over from asia to alaska 20000 years ago. what engineering school did they go to? i’m not going to say, “you can’t make a silk purse from a sow’s ear”.

Serolf Divad September 19, 2008 at 9:04 am


Hey, it’s Popular Mechanics/Science they specialize in absurd speculative engineering projects like digging subway tunnels between New York and Paris, and erecting an escalator to the Moon.

facehead September 19, 2008 at 9:11 am
Servo September 19, 2008 at 9:21 am

I have a knack for humbling ( mostly junior and egotistical ) electronic test engineers. This usually resulted in lots of foot-stomping and arm-flailing, particularly when I got the backing from their superiors.

Cape Clod September 19, 2008 at 9:29 am

[re=101335]Serolf Divad[/re]: Or a suit that allows billionare thrill seekers to free fall from space.

bearbait September 19, 2008 at 9:30 am

[re=101142]StrangelyBrown[/re]: Heh..heh. You said “taint”.

DangerousLiberal September 19, 2008 at 9:31 am

My secret password, under “Where did you meet your wife” is TRUCK NUTZ. Funny, it’s sort of true….

Serolf Divad September 19, 2008 at 9:33 am

[re=101348]Cape Clod[/re]:

Oh, God, please let Donald Trump be the first.

rambone September 19, 2008 at 9:43 am

[re=101336]facehead[/re]: Bernhardt better watch it. Those kind of comments could get her banned from some of the more prestigious political blogs. Red State would probably still take her though.

Servo September 19, 2008 at 9:49 am

[re=101354]Serolf Divad[/re]:
Bad test subject. His comb-over will create too much drag. However, it would be fun too see the plasma trail coming off his head.

JimBob September 19, 2008 at 9:50 am

Is it possible that Sarah Palin is as technologically illiterate as McCain himself? Just sayin…His luggage combination is probably also 1234.

bearbait September 19, 2008 at 9:54 am

[re=101321]gurukalehuru[/re]: You, Sir (or Ma’am), have way too much time on your hands. But you are brilliant!

Garble September 19, 2008 at 10:10 am

[re=101166]windupbird[/re]: I think it’s obvious this is all a cunning stunt.

The screenshots were posted anonymously so occam’s razor would make it more likely that she posted the screenshots than a hacker.
This lets her claim even more victimhood.
It gave her an excuse to destroy evidence.
The screen captures are all fluffy and harmless. Undermining the investigation on another level.
And it lets drudge and rush accuse Obama of using his scary black thug associates to break into her computer.

Kev-O-Tron September 19, 2008 at 12:07 pm

This is more intense than that movie with Angelina Jolie where they use fancy 1800 baud modems to bring corporations to their knees. fuck…what was the name??? “Tech Masters”? “Computer Nerds”? something like that…

wallythepug September 19, 2008 at 1:52 pm

Is she THAT stupid that she would do official state business on something so easily hacked? Why yes, yes she is. Palin/WALNUTS ’08.

azw88 September 19, 2008 at 2:04 pm

This guy should have archived EVERYTHING and sent it to the Trooper-gate commission. Then he’d just be a wistle-blower instead of a Geprge Bush Dept of homeland security wannabe. The FBI is pissed off because he could hack into someone’s e-mail account and they couldn’t.

Chicken Smack September 19, 2008 at 2:34 pm

[re=101147]Texan Bulldoggette[/re]: You mean her ATM machine PIN number.

talk redneck so rednecks will know!

Xmbb September 19, 2008 at 2:56 pm

But, the hacker wasn’t that bright either. While there is some credit to be given for the hit and miss process of going through “high, high school, [to] eventually hit on ‘Wasilla high’,” the hacker could have also gone to the City of Wasila home page to get the list of local schools. He’d have had a harder time if Palin attended the other high school in town, “Burchell High School.”

dmeyer September 19, 2008 at 6:03 pm

A message to my progressive friends here on Wonkette: The use of the word “retard” on the picture accompanying this story is hugely offensive to people with disabilities. And not just because they’re being compared to Sarah Palin. I find it amazing that people who would never use the “n-word” think nothing of using “retard.” If you think using “retard” is just a way to make a clever joke, I hope you will be consistent and make “n-jokes” and jokes using slurs representing Hispanics, Jews, and others. It is that offensive.

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