The sorry state of online security is highlighted by this weeks announcement that Sarah Palin’s yahoo email was illegally accessed, and some of the content was pointed on 4chan. Wired has the skinny:
“As detailed in the postings, the Palin hack didn’t require any real skill. Instead, the hacker simply reset Palin’s password using her birthdate, ZIP code and information about where she met her spouse — the security question on her Yahoo account, which was answered (Wasilla High) by a simple Google search.”
Groan. So typical. A third grade script kiddie with half a clue could do that! All the “secret” information was widely available. The interesting thing about this security model is, the more highly public the owner of the email is, the LESS secure it is.
I’ve avoided talking about Sarah Palin for a number of reasons, the main reason being the high noise to signal ratio! The social networking sites have been all over her, as there is little lost love on the internet for religious conservatives. So yeah; LOTS of rumors flying around.
One thing is very clear, though; Palin is a died-in-the-wool Charismatic Evangelical, and McCain chose her SPECIFICALLY to get the religious conservative vote. She talks the talk and walks the walk; there is little doubt that she is faking it. She is a very “orthodox” example of this group, from her thoughts on abortion to her belief in Creationism. She considers the Bible to be inerrant and infallible, and it is clear that her religious convictions WILL affect how she governs.
Now is certainly not the time to rehash thebattleground issues in the Culture Wars, but suffice to say that the addition of Palin as V.P. has turned things up a notch. But the celebrity period is over, and Palin is rapidly loosing here burst of popularity as we speak.
I personally think McCain made a terrible mistake in choosing this women. She is well respected by evangelicals, but they do NOT respect McCain, and so will be less likely to vote. The reason it is a mistake is because she is a big turnoff to moderates who would have voted for McCain. He will not gain enough evangelical votes to offset the moderate votes he will loose.
I hope. Obama in ’08!