Hackers Used “Forgot My Password” Feature to Hack Palin’s Account

The Web is abuzz with how vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin’s email got hacked. Hackers who obtained Alaska Gov. Palin’s email password apparently used the “forgot my password” feature of Yahoo’s email service.

The hackers evidently used information they knew about Palin–her zip code, date of birth, and that she met her husband in high school–to convince Yahoo’s service into assigning a new password for Palin’s email account.

PC World notes that the security question that Palin chose didn’t turn out to be so secure. Most online services ask questions that only you should know. But in Palin’s case, it must have been something that could easily be guessed, given all of the public information available about her.

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