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AnonyMonkey was gonna write it, but a contributor to Michelle Malkin's blog did a good enough job that to rehash it here would just /b/ copy-pasta.
/if you don't get it, lurkmoar
Exhibit A - this comment:
These bastards need to be prosecuted, convicted and given the hardest punishment under the law. That goes for everyone involved.
Yeah, that's exactly what we need on the Internet - more law enforcement. Bumbling cyber-cops wasting public money chasing pranksters because they're easier to catch than real criminals who are trying to hack bank accounts for the mob. That'll be great.
Also, in this instance, the McCain/Palin campaign should send the guy a "thank you" e-card, since what he turned up was a completely squeaky-clean public servant and mother with no incriminating information at all. You can't buy that kind of publicity.
And let me preface this with: If this were a Democrat, I hope I'd be saying the same thing.
But: I think it's possible the hackers did a real public service here.
Nope, not being ironic. Here's the thing: Palin apparently used her private account to circumvent state open-records requirements. She wanted to do public business without being accountable to the public. And, man, I hate that.
So if some concerned member of the public decided to find out what was being done, privately, on the public's behalf, well ... I can't get that worked up about it. Sad that private correspondence was involved? Yes. But freedom's messy.
The /b/tard writes: "This is why we cant have nice things."
1) I swear on my mother's eyes that wasn't me.
2) That son-of-a-bitch owes me a nickel.
A couple of other points.
1) This is why we must have smarter passwords and password recovery clues. Mine all have to do with Roman emperors.
But perhaps I've said too much.
2) The comments on the Malkin blog and several other blogs I've seen are stupid. This is why we can't have nice comments.
3) The reporting on the e-mail thing was obviously inept, bordering on half-assed. I could tell just from the radio reports I heard in the car yesterday. Doesn't anyone read the New York Times Magazine anymore?
My problem is with one very popular recovery clue: Your mother's maiden name.
I swear: I honestly can't remember how to spell it from one time to the next. I've made my mother rather angry with this, in fact.
But it's not my fault. Her maiden name was an un-Anglicized German monstrosity. My wife, the German speaker, can probably remember. But I don't.
PW recovery/reset clues should either be truly difficult for a stranger to guess, or result only in a new password being e-mailed to the original account holder. Any system that lets you bypass a strong password by guessing a couple of publicly available facts about the user is not secure enough to handle sensitive data. With that in mind, it was pretty stupid of Palin to be conducting government business using such an insecure account. And if Joel's correct that she was doing it to bypass public records law, then it was both stupid and shameful.