Hot Docs: Alleged Hacker of Sarah Palin's Yahoo E-mail Account Indicted

Accused Tennessee resident faces five years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

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Indictment for Palin E-mail Hacking: Tennessee resident David Kernell has been indicted on charges that he "intentionally and without authorization accessed a protected computer by means of an interstate communication"—in short, he allegedly broke into a personal E-mail account used by Republican vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin. The indictment, which was filed in the Eastern District of Tennessee, summarizes the September incident in which Kernell is alleged to have accessed Palin's Yahoo E-mail account "by researching and correctly answering a series of personal security questions." The charge states that he then copied her personal data and publicized the reset account password online. If he's convicted, Kernell could face five years in prison and a $250,000 fine.