The FBI searched the residence of the son of a Democratic state lawmaker in Tennessee over the weekend looking for evidence linking the young man to the hacking of Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin's personal e-mail account, two law enforcement officials told The Associated Press on Monday. . . .Like the man said: Heh.
Experts said the hacker apparently left an easy trail for investigators.
"He might as well have taken a picture of his house and uploaded it," said Ken Pfeil, an Internet security expert. "He should have just set up a big beacon that said, 'Here's my house,' or confessed. If they can't catch this guy based on all the information posted on the Web then all bets are off."
UPDATE: More news from Tennessee:
Grand Jury in Chattanooga could reportedly hear testimony this week into the alleged hacking of the personal e-mail of Vice Presidential candidate Sarah Palin. . . .(Via Michelle Malkin.)
A federal grand jury is set to convene in Chattanooga on Tuesday.
UPDATE II: QC Examiner:
Of course, these are the same people who shriek about the government monitoring terrorists. . . .UPDATE III: Computer World:
Hacking terrorists = bad
Hacking political rivals = GOOD!
The man who traced the IP address of the hacker who accessed Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin's e-mail account last week confirmed today that it belongs to an Illinois company that provides Internet service to the Knoxville, Tenn., apartment complex where the FBI served a search warrant early Sunday.PREVIOUSLY (11:17 a.m.): Thursday, it was reported that David Kernell, the son of a Democratic state legislator in Tennessee, is at the center of an investigation into the hacking of Sarah Palin's e-mail account. Yesterday, it was reported that the FBI served a search warrant at Kernell's apartment in Knoxville.
Gabriel Ramuglia, the webmaster of Ctunnel, an Athens, Ga.-based proxy service used by the hacker to mask his or her identity, acknowledged that the IP address he found in his server logs belongs to Pavlov Media, an Internet service provider based in Champaign, Ill.
According to its Web site, Pavlov Media provides Internet, television and phone services to The Commons at Knoxville, a complex that specializes in apartments for students of the University of Tennessee-Knoxville.
Big news, right? So why is nobody in the major media following up? Associated Press, ABC, NBC, CBS, CNN -- all missing in action on this story.
UPDATE: Just got off the phone with Justice Department spokeswoman Laura Sweeney, who was able to confim that "investigatory activity took place in Knoxville over the weekend."
In keeping with policy of not commenting on active investigations, Ms. Sweeney said she "can't be more specific than that." However, she did say that the Department has had several media inquiries. "It's a pretty big news story," she said. No further official Department comment is to be expected unless and until someone is charged in the case.
UPDATE II: Linked by Instapundit. Thanks. You'd think that somebody at the Associated Press could bother to report this story, instead of leaving it to bloggers and Tennessee-based media.
UPDATE III (1:20 p.m.): Speak of the devil! Associated Press bulletin:
WASHINGTON (AP) Law enforcement officials say the FBI has searched the home of the son of a top Democratic state lawmaker in Tennessee as part of its investigation into the hacking of Sarah Palin's personal e-mail account. The officials say agents searched David Kernell's Knoxville home over the weekend.
Once again, Instapundit gets results!(Cross-posted at AmSpecBlog.)