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Bad “Hacker”? Or Stupid Sarah?

March 11, 2010

So, we are about to see the ditzy ex-Governor of Alaska try to testify against the so-called “hacker” who breached her Yahoo email account, which she set up to hide her many misdeeds from the public. There is so much about this case that stinks it’s just hard to know where to start, so we’ll just have to begin at the beginning.

“Tinkerbell.” That’s the name of the “hack,” and we place the word in quotation marks because any actual hacker would laugh you out of the room if you posited this as a real hack. Seriously, an unclever third-grader could perform it. I could perform it. It gets its name from someone who has much in common with Alaska’s main moron: Paris Hilton. Actually, that’s probably not fair to Hilton who seems to be a bit cleverer, but we digress. The hack got it’s name because Hilton also had an email account on which she had security questions that someone could easily figure out, though not quite as easily as Palin’s. Hers was the name of her favorite pet, and trawling the gossip mags would tell you it’s a Chihuahua named “Tinkerbell.” Paris’s email was made public, and the “Tinkerbell Hack” got its name.

This “hack” has been performed thousands of times by now. What makes Stupid Sarah’s case unique is that we have a woman who, at the time she was Tinkerbelled, was running for Vice President. Seriously. She was conducting state business on a Yahoo email account with security questions a stranger could answer by looking at Wikipedia, and the kid who did it is supposed to be in the wrong? Does anyone not understand how the courts are being used here to validate and give shelter to acts that are, in an elected official, indefensible? Why should she be shielded from the results of her own idiocy and mendacity? That’s not what the courts are for.

Can you imagine anyone else who has been that close to that high of office whose email we could access by looking at their Wikipedia profile? Hell, we probably can’t even hack Carrie Prejean that easily. Note to the Republicans: Carrie Prejean can pageant wave. She’s totally qualified.

It will be interesting to see how this whole thing plays out. The evidence in this case points not to a nefarious hacker, but to a hack politician. One who had no business running the local PTA, let alone a state.

9 Comments leave one →
  1. ndrew permalink
    March 12, 2010 12:07 am

    This whole business makes me especially angry because this obvious vendetta has on its receiving end a college kid–one who reminds me of my son and all of his friends. These kids have been on computers since they were three (macs one-and-all) and they would never believe anyone could be so stupid. Criminally, recklessly, negligently stupid, conducting the business of the people of an entire state on a yahoo account. The neo-con idiots on the east-coast cocktail party circuit (that would be the party elites) should be taking out full-page ads of repentance for their foolishness promoting Sarah the clown-wad. Are they still star-bursting? I haven’t been able to look.

    • palinoscopy permalink*
      March 12, 2010 2:43 pm

      I agree completely. I have kids the same age, and when it comes to the internet, whatever you put out there is fair game. It’s wild and wooly and a bad environment for morons. Yes, the “conservatives” occasionally have their “little starbursts” over her. It’s interesting that we basically have the masterbation fodder for a certain demographic spewing her political opinions and the dumbasses acting like she’s serious. Can’t they just buy some nudie pics? That’s the whole point of pornography.

      • nancydrew permalink
        March 13, 2010 12:58 am

        They’d have to go public with the porn fix–definite no, no, in up-tight starburster land. One of these guys is my formerly beloved family member with two Ivy League degrees. I’m not sure how we’ll ever mend our differences. Matter of fact, I think it’s a you-can’t-there-from-here problem. Wonder how many family rifts our Sarah is responsible for. Thanks to McCain et al, the feckless bastards.

      • palinoscopy permalink*
        March 13, 2010 2:46 am

        I imagine there are some very calloused palms out there in Republican crazy land.

      • nancydrew permalink
        March 14, 2010 2:04 am

        This is what Andrew Sullivan calls a “mental health break”, and since we have kids about the same age, you might appreciate this. Mine is now a recent college grad dealing with the no-job market and awaiting graduate school responses. It’s been hard for him to be back home and in limbo; we were discussing the wisdom of buying tickets to this upcoming three-day music festival at the Columbia Gorge in Washington state, which he and friends attended last year. Called Sasquatch. He showed us this and we decided it will be worth every penny. Hope you enjoy.

      • palinoscopy permalink*
        March 14, 2010 12:27 pm

        The Columbia Gorge is lovely. It looks like great fun. I’m a Northwester, myself and I wish I could be there. I should tell my kids, as they’re both in Oregon. Hope he as fun and I hope he gets into a good program.

  2. Chaim permalink
    March 18, 2010 12:19 am

    Sorry, but I think you need your moral compasses reset. If a person sees the keys left in the ignition of someone else’s car and drives off with it, that person has committed theft, regardless of the owner’s negligence in leaving the keys there. The law protects the rights of everyone against intentional wrongdoing, including the careless, the gullible and the stupid. “He/she was asking for it” is never a legitimate criminal defense. If I were the prosecutor, I would go easy on this kid because he’s a kid, and because he thought he was being clever rather than criminal. But neither Palin’s lack of prudence nor her improper use of her private e-mail account for public business is relevant.

    • palinoscopy permalink*
      March 19, 2010 7:44 pm

      I suppose what this incident says about her readiness for national political office is irrelevant too?

  3. nancydrew permalink
    April 22, 2010 5:15 am

    Hope you are following the trial in Knoxville–and that you write about it. Started today and needs the attention of bloggers like you. I’m sure your insight would be thought-provoking. You’ve been quiet–have at it.

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