Looks like Gov Palin’s personal yahoo email account was hacked. Now, this would be a big deal no matter the situation. However, as Palin and her staff frequently used their personal email accounts for day-to-day government related business (to avoid the accountability associated with using their actual state-provided emails), it adds a whole new facet to this crime. Screenshots and several captures providing verification of the event have been posted to WikiLeaks.
It appears that the hacker used Yahoo’s relatively insecure “identity verification” process in case of lost passwords to get the password changed and access the account.
I was appalled when i read that Palin and her staff were using yahoo and other personal accounts for government business. This a picture perfect example of why that is a BAD idea. The security requirements of an email system tailored for the average consumer are by nature less restrictive than one for a corporate or government entity.