Tennessean: The son of state Rep. Mike Kernell has been contacted by authorities in connection with a probe into the hacking of the personal e-mail of vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin, Kernell confirmed on Thursday.

The FBI and the Secret Service started a formal investigation on Wednesday into the hacking.

David Kernell is a student at the University of Tennessee-Knoxville.

I wonder if he will just refuse to comply with any subpoenas?

UPDATE: Bizgrrl brings our attention to the rest of the story. Back in the day, I believe they called this "social engineering."

UPDATE: Sharon Cobb says she has spoken with Rep. Kernell and that that the Tennessean story (as also quoted online earlier today by the Knoxville News Sentinel) is bogus. Wow!

UPDATE: Double wow! The KNS article which quoted the Tennessean article above has been scrubbed.

UPDATE: Triple wow! I just got off the phone with the Tennessean reporter who filed the first above quoted report. He says he spoke with Rep. Kernell but there was confusion and miscommunication about whether Kernell's son was the target of an investigation or just the subject of internet rumors, which the updated Tennessean report now reflects. The reporter said it revolved around various internet websites tracing comments back to Kernell's son, and that's all Rep. Kernell was saying. The reporter said the online Tennessean article was updated as soon as they were aware of the miscommunication and that the story is still developing.

UPDATE: NewsChannel5.com Nashville

But Kernell said, "We know of no investigation. I've not been contacted. He has not been contacted for any investigation at this point."

bizgrrl's picture

Don't know about security.

Don't know about security. It doesn't sound like they are teaching ethics. The young man possibly had a decent career ahead of him. Oh, well.

R. Neal's picture

I know someone who forgot

I know someone who forgot their Yahoo email password (I believe Palin's personal email was on Yahoo) and Yahoo was no help at all in recovering the account and years worth of correspondence. Wonder if this kid could help this person hack in to their own Yahoo email account?

(Note: if you sign up for Yahoo or Google or Hotmail or whatever using fake info be sure to write it down.)

bizgrrl's picture

I guess it would have helped

I guess it would have helped Palin to use fake info.

The hacker guessed that Alaska's governor had met her husband in high school, and knew Palin's date of birth and home Zip code. Using those details, the hacker tricked Yahoo Inc.'s service into assigning a new password, "popcorn," for Palin's e-mail account, according to a chronology of the crime published on the Web site where the hacking was first revealed.

R. Neal's picture

Wonder how many people are

Wonder how many people are trying to log on to her account at this very moment using the password 'popcorn'?

Flyrod's picture

Obama Campaign Manager..linked to David Kernell...

The Plot thickins.....

Video from Obama Campaign Manager David Plouffe linked on David Kernell's Technorati Page.

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R. Neal's picture

So if someone links to a

The Plot thickins.....

So if someone links to a campaign website they are part of a vast left-wing conspiracy run by the Obama overlords? That's hilarious. The right-wing antennas are receiving five by five, though.

The manufactured outrage over some kid's illegal prank is the most interesting aspect of all this. I guess they're embarrassed that they have picked a VP candidate who can get punked by some lamer too young to buy a beer sitting in his dorm room with a modem.

Bbeanster's picture

There they go again -- those

There they go again -- those nutty Republicans.
I guess they've worn out railing about lipstick, so they're looking for a new way to distract the voting public from the issues in this election.

Mike Kernell has served in the Legislature since he was in his 20s, without so much as a whiff of scandal. He is unquestionably honest and in fact is one of the least affluent lawmakers in Nashville -- so much so that he is the butt of bad jokes.

Wingers can (and frequently do) legitimately disagree with his politics -- he's very liberal -- but I've never heard anybody accuse him of being dishonest or unethical. And attempting to tie him to some nefarious plot to sabotage Palin's emails doesn't pass the laugh test.

If his kid did this, it was a college nerd's prank, start to finish. Good luck to those who seek to prove otherwise. Maybe the time would be better spent teaching John McCain some geography (eg: Sometimes people who speak Spanish are from Spain, which is in Europe), Sarah Palin not to say Eye-Rack and nuke-ular.

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Just what we need, another

Just what we need, another distraction for the media to pursue.

Brian A.
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SoBeale's picture

The Stupid Train Rolls On

Considering how shockingly easy it was to hack into this unsecured e-mail account, one wonders at the judgment of people to use Yahoo to discuss things like "CONFIDENTIAL ETHICS MATTERS."

Palin and crew clearly are not ready for prime time.

And oh yeah, I DO hope there is some follow up regarding the fact that she was clearly skirting open records laws by discussing government business in these e-mails to begin with.

Yeah, who am I kidding.

Ragsdale2010's picture

YahooGate - It's a Democratic Thing

Now the Democrats can worry about the YahooGate thing.

Gives the University of Tennessee a lot of free publicity.

Further places Sara Palin as just a normal everyday person, who uses a free Yahoo account, not some swanky thing like ATT&T, ComCast, or AOL.

Let's see what comes of it, probably not much.

redmondkr's picture

Of course the Republicans

Of course the Republicans are showing what they hope is enough indignation over this illegal hacking to mask the fact that she was using Yahoo to conduct state business in an effort to hide from legal scrutiny.

It's a bit like Busco getting their collective panties in a wad when the New York Times exposed their illegal wiretaps, one of those 'some thief stole my drug money' moments.


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Nobody's picture

Lets see

Well maybe we can ask David Kernell if Palin really did use her yahoo for state business or if this was just another attempt to smear her. I'm sure we'll learn the facts soon enough.

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Looks like the KNS "updated"

Looks like the KNS "updated" its story. I didn't read it earlier in the afternoon.

Did it declare that David Kernell had been contacted by investigators?

And what is the KNS using for sources? Drudge?

Brian A.
I'd rather be cycling.

R. Neal's picture

The KNS story was a cut and

The KNS story was a cut and paste of the Tennessean story quoted above.

Brian A.'s picture

One would think the

One would think the Tenneseean would want to get those details straight before publishing. And is it now standard journalistic practice to publish articles focusing on "Internet rumors"?

Brian A.
I'd rather be cycling.

Andy Axel's picture

Michelle "Stalkin'" Malkin

Michelle "Stalkin'" Malkin has picked this up, unfortunately enough.

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RedDog's picture

where has it been shown that

where has it been shown that she was conducting State biz on Yahoo? It looks like it was only political biz which would be inappropriate to conduct on the State of AK e-mail system

RedDog's picture

again - show me?

again - show me?

Nobody's picture

Simple truth

What miscommunication? Did FBI or Secret Service talk to David Kernell or Not? How many folks get a visit from these guys to get confused, or do the Kernells have other issues being looked into as well?

Factchecker's picture

Oh contraire

where has it been shown that she was conducting State biz on Yahoo?

NPR is reporting this hour (as a repeat of the original airing heard two hours ago) that Palin routinely used private accounts to conduct state biz. But I think what you're arguing is that she didn't break the law, but was just foolish and extremely secretive in the Rove/Cheney tradition. Should that give a warm feeling? And apparently she did flout the law too.

KC's picture

where has it been shown that

where has it been shown that she was conducting State biz on Yahoo? It looks like it was only political biz which would be inappropriate to conduct on the State of AK e-mail system

You mean like this?
Interviews show that Ms. Palin runs an administration that puts a premium on loyalty and secrecy. The governor and her top officials sometimes use personal e-mail accounts for state business; dozens of e-mail messages obtained by The New York Times show that her staff members studied whether that could allow them to circumvent subpoenas seeking public records.

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Nobody's picture

Privacy

Privacy is out the window when the Democrats aren't trying to protect it. Geez....what's next all conversations must be recorded.

ArleyCob's picture

Palin is wack

She's so wacked.

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EP's picture

Crimes of the Democratic Party

This illegal hacking is just one more example of a party that will stop at nothing to gain power.

If Obama wins the election, say goodbye to your civil liberties.

R. Neal's picture

This illegal hacking is just

This illegal hacking is just one more example of a party that will stop at nothing to gain power.

That's hilarious. And ridiculous on so many levels.

Andy Axel's picture

Apparently EP has been

Apparently EP has been hiding under a rock and is unaware of the NSA wireline surveillance program, Congressional immunity for telecoms that participated in it, and the scarcely precedented erosion of civil liberties in the last 8 years. For starters.

But it's all aimed at terrists, right?

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EP has been dead since 1977

EP has been dead since 1977 and just came back long enough to post here anonymously.


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cooperhawk's picture

I am not a crook

"...just a third rate burglary."

Factchecker's picture

Thik heads

The Plot thickins[sic]....

How so?

The freeper thought process is fascinating.

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Latest update: Warrant served:

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