Palin email hacker caught. Or not -- Corrections
Hacker's dad seems to be a Democratic state representative in Tennessee, nam e removed.
Nothing profound to say here, except: People! Don't use 'secret hints' for your passwords that are data freely available on Wikipedia.
Since intranets has asked so politely, I'll repeat my apology (posted in comments, as soon as I saw tnjen's further information on the subject) and correct my original post:
Wired (above) reported that a person claiming to be the Palin email hacker posted a first-person account of his hack; was connected to a particular username by 'bloggers'; is the son of a TN Democratic Rep; and that the person who owns the anonymizing service used by the alleged hacker had been contacted by the FBI to check his log files. (Wired has the text of the alleged hackers' confession email).
Local news from the alleged hackers area initially reported that the FBI had contacted the hacker and his father (since taken back, see below), but both hacker and father have denied being contacted by any officials.
Neither has, as far as I can find, denied the hack. I wouldn't even mention that, as it means a whole lot of nothing, except for intranets statement that "Both the father and the TN kid denied these allegations." The father has denied that he or his son have been contacted by any officials. Absence of denying the allegations, does not, of course, mean that they're true or likely to be true.
Tnjen provided some links showing the trajectory of the local story:
Local blogger talks to alleged hacker's father directly. No contact or investigation from FBI according to the father. Also attests to excellent character and honesty of the alleged hacker's father.
KnoxvilleViews, an alternative news site for Knoxville reports that the Knoxville News site which originally reported the connection to the local state Rep. was scrubbed and then updated to show that while the son is at the center of Internet rumors as the hacker, neither has been contacted by officials. Knoxville News says the original report was a miscommunication.
The updated Knoxville News site. Most recent version of story by KN.
Folks may also be interested in security experts take on the supposed hack:
Computerworld. Some experts find the security questions hack plausible, others are very skeptical.
That's all I've been able to dig up at this point (there are other articles online but they all lead back to either the Wired article or the KN article). So the only hard news here is that the FBI contacted the person running the proxy service, which may or may not be the service used by the alleged hacker, for his log files. Thanks to tnjen for the corrections and especially the v. helpful local angle.
To repeat and amplify my apology: I'm very sorry to have posted the original Wired article, esp. with what was a misleading title, and especially the family's name (although I can't figure out how to take that back without linking to the articles where the info was corrected, which actually has the names). I originally thought it was just an interesting bit, esp. about how easy the hack was supposed to be. If any other actual news surfaces, I'll try to post that.