New developments are unfolding by the hour in the saga of Sarah Palin’s e-mail hack. Just days after someone broke into Palin’s Yahoo Mail account and publicly posted her private messages, fallout is spreading fast and far — and the investigation is just getting started. Here’s a roundup of where things stand and what’s ahead.
The McCain-Palin campaign is working with authorities to help further the probe. “This is a shocking invasion of the governor’s privacy and a violation of law. The matter has been turned over to the appropriate authorities,” Campaign Manager Rick Davis stated.
The webmaster of a proxy service believed to have been used by the hacker is cooperating with the FBI to help pinpoint the suspect’s location. Gabriel Ramuglia says he believes the hacker used his Ctunnel service to disguise his identity. Ramuglia is now sending more than 80GB worth of server logs to investigators, who hope to find the hacker’s IP address inside.
Amy B. McCorkell, a member of one of Palin’s governor advisory boards who appears to have written one of the hacked e-mails, initially refused to discuss the subject with media members. She later confirmed to Wired that she had, in fact, sent the e-mail — and had also since been in touch with the FBI.
Alaska Lieutenant Governor Sean Parnell, who also appears to have sent one of the hacked messages, is staying mum on the matter.
The Alaska governor’s office is generally referring questions to the McCain-Palin campaign, telling Fox News: “People wouldn’t be asking these questions if she wasn’t a candidate.”
Yahoo has stated it “can’t get into specific details of any of our users’ accounts.” The company did, however, post a blog Thursday night urging all its webmail users to increase the strength of their Yahoo Mail passwords.
Whether the hack itself was meant as a political statement or a simple prank, it has fueled a controversy now stretching far past the borders of the 49th state. While the ultimate implications have yet to be seen, you can be sure this mid-week move and the fallout that’s followed won’t soon be forgotten.