Wednesday, October 08, 2008

Tennessee Student Indicted for Hacking Palin E-Mail

Kim Zetter writes on Threat Level:

David Kernell, the 20-year-old Tennessee student who has been under suspicion for allegedly obtaining unauthorized access into Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin's private Yahoo e-mail account, has been indicted by a federal grand jury in Tennessee.

According to a Justice Department spokeswoman, the grand jury returned the sealed indictment Tuesday afternoon, and Kernell turned himself into the FBI this morning, after which the indictment was unsealed. Kernell is being arraigned in Tennessee today. A trial date has been set for December 16.

Kernell, who is the son of Tennessee Democratic state representative Mike Kernell, is indicted on one felony count of violating the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act.

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