Hacking of Palin's Yahoo account piques media interest

Sarah Palin's e-mail account hacked; Google to introduce Android phone; too much panic involved in financial crisis; and more.

Will the hacking of Sarah Palin's personal e-mail account, which she allegedly used for at least some portion of her official correspondence as governor of Alaska, lead to more details on the GOP VP candidate's personal and business dealings?

The hacker group “Anonymous,” previously most famous for its attacks on the Church of Scientology Web site, claimed responsibility for the breach. The group says it hacked into Palin's Yahoo account to expose her alleged attempts to bypass Alaska's “freedom of information” law that makes some correspondence by state officials subject to public release.

 

Images of Palin's inbox and a couple of e-mails revealing nothing especially notable were posted on the Web site Wikileaks.org. What more may be leaked remains to seen. Experts quoted in Computerworld and elsewhere noted the breach further highlights the danger of using private, relatively unsecured e-mail accounts for confidential business correspondence.

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While the media continues to use the word “panic” in headlines on the latest news about the brewing financial crisis, financial advisers seek to calm individual investors.

The first phone based on Google's open source “Android” software will reportedly launch next week in New York, priced to compete with the iPhone's going rate of $199.

Yahoo is testing a customizable home page that can incorporate outside content as part of a broader revamping of its Internet sites.

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