Monday, November 30, 2009

Private Emails Published


On September 16, 2008, the private Yahoo! Mail account of Sarah Palin was hacked by a 4chan user. The hacker known as "Rubico" targeted Palin because he wanted to "derail her campaign."
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After reading through Palin's emails Rubico wrote "There was nothing there, nothing incriminating — all I saw was personal stuff, some clerical stuff from when she was governor." Rubico wrote that he used the Sarah Palin Wikipedia article to find out Palin's birthday in "15 seconds", one of the standard security questions used by Yahoo!. The hacker posted the account's password on /b/, an image board on 4chan, and screenshots from within the account to Wikileaks.

John McCain's campaign condemned the incident saying it was a "shocking invasion of the governor's privacy and a violation of law".
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The FBI and Secret Service began investigating the incident and on September 20, it was revealed that they were questioning David Kernell, a 20-year-old economics student at the University of Tennessee and the son of Democratic Tennessee State Representative Mike Kernell from Memphis.
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Today we get to read one of Paul's private letters.
His were not published and then deleted and prosecuted as criminal behavior. No, his have become part of the best selling book of all time.
But they started out as private letters to some of his friends...
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1 Thessalonians
"I, Paul, together here with Silas and Timothy, send greetings to the church at Thessalonica, Christians assembled by God the Father and by the Master, Jesus Christ. God's amazing grace be with you! God's robust peace!"
2 -5Every time we think of you, we thank God for you. Day and night you're in our prayers as we call to mind your work of faith, your labor of love, and your patience of hope in following our Master, Jesus Christ, before God our Father. It is clear to us, friends, that God not only loves you very much but also has put his hand on you for something special. When the Message we preached came to you, it wasn't just words. Something happened in you. The Holy Spirit put steel in your convictions.
5 -6You paid careful attention to the way we lived among you, and determined to live that way yourselves. In imitating us, you imitated the Master. Although great trouble accompanied the Word, you were able to take great joy from the Holy Spirit!—taking the trouble with the joy, the joy with the trouble.
7 -10Do you know that all over the provinces of both Macedonia and Achaia believers look up to you? The word has gotten around. Your lives are echoing the Master's Word, not only in the provinces but all over the place. The news of your faith in God is out. We don't even have to say anything anymore—you're the message! People come up and tell us how you received us with open arms, how you deserted the dead idols of your old life so you could embrace and serve God, the true God. They marvel at how expectantly you await the arrival of his Son, whom he raised from the dead—Jesus, who rescued us from certain doom."
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I'm so glad THESE private letters got published!

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