Sarah Palin Claims Site Hacked, Credit Card Details Stolen, But Doubts Surface This Is Merely Attempt At Attention Whoring

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Operation Payback has supposedly taken its latest victim: Sarah Palin, who previously called for the execution of Assange, has had her site hacked, and her credit card details taken. Her take: "No wonder others are keeping silent about Assange's antics,” Palin
emailed. “This is what happens when you exercise the First Amendment and
speak against his sick, un-American espionage efforts." Frankly, we very much doubt anyone, let alone a sophisticated hacker network, would bother with someone of Palin's "intellectual" capacity and significance, and would actively demand that she produce her serverlog (assuming she knows what this is) to confirm the fact, as many have already voice a suspicion this is just the latest attempt of the vice presidential candidate pathetically whoring for yet more media attention.

From ABC:

The website and personal credit card information of former Gov. Sarah Palin were cyber-attacked today by Wikileaks supporters, the 2008 GOP vice presidential candidate tells ABC News in an email.

Hackers in London apparently affiliated with “Operation Payback” – a group of supporters of Julian Assange and Wikileaks – have tried to shut down SarahPac and have disrupted Sarah and Todd Palin’s personal credit card accounts.

“No wonder others are keeping silent about Assange's antics,” Palin emailed. “This is what happens when you exercise the First Amendment and speak against his sick, un-American espionage efforts.”

Palin has criticized Wikileaks founder Assange, writing on Facebook that his “past posting of classified documents revealed the identity of more than 100 Afghan sources to the Taliban. Why was he not pursued with the same urgency we pursue al-Qaeda and Taliban leaders?...Assange is not a 'journalist' any more than the 'editor' of al-Qaeda's new English-language magazine Inspire is a 'journalist.’ He is an anti-American operative with blood on his hands."

Added SarahPAC aide Rebecca Mansour, “the governor voiced her opinion knowing full well that she was speaking out against a shady disreputable organization with no regard for laws or human life. This is how they operate. The world should not be intimidated by them." technical aides say that on their server log this morning it showed the attacks coming from a browser identified as, though it has since spread to others entitled "anonymous." Mansour added that Wikileaks supporters claim to be “in favor of free
speech yet they attack Sarah Palin for exercising her free speech.” She
said was not harmed because Palin’s staff was able to move
quickly to protect the site.

The attacks were coming from Are these people seriously that bloody stupid?

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kato's picture

if she did not have MILF status, then she would be broke in a tent in the wilderness of Alaska whoring to grizzly adams for chow.

Dolar in a vortex's picture


What about her intellectual soulmate in the White House?


tmosley's picture

He doesn't have MILF status.

Though he did get the "white guilt" vote, along with the "things can change by doing the same thing we have always done" vote.

Ham Wallet's picture

Soetero has "Morgan Freeman" status.  White people lose their moral compass, ol' Morgan Freeman leads them back onto the road to Providence.   If it works in the movies, how can it fail in real life? *guffaw*

jeff montanye's picture

like it.  i believe i was part of it.

caconhma's picture

The holly shit: Sarah Palin is the next American President.

SRV - ES339's picture

Spoken like a true "white racist."

revenue_anticipation_believer's picture

PROTECTION DISCUSSION fyi some practical things to know:

i have a COMCAST 20meg connection, as an Internet client who has been repeated attacted, continued DAILY in various configurations of attacker ways/means, and various defensive configurations/operating systems, hardward, and anti-intrusion/anti-virus software...AND HAVE LEARNED A LOT, that i would like to share with ZH readers....

1) yes, i have REALLY been attacked in a manner usually reserved for large companies, government agencies, etc...not for money, not for me being 'important', but probably just because i am 'fun to mess with'...i keep coming back, no matter what...harddrives 'wiped clean' (not merely erased)
and new O/S reloaded (without bothering to 'microsoft-activate' anymore, not when that 'clean load' will be knocked down in 1 hour or less...that includes ESPECIALLY MICROSOFT o/s 7...'THEY get lots of fun showing me how quickly THAT can be taken out...'

2) yes, i have 'implemented' every known 'retail version' of antivirus, including M/S VERY OWN...etc..nothing, NOTHING, ever detected!! nor stopped..

3) yes, i have/had implemented the M/S full-deal Professional Security Regime...REALLY...all the 'services' turned off, via msconfigure utility, for instance...and all the various 'local-security' options, and hiding the root/administrator, using only 'guest' or 'user' permissions

4) yes, i have/had/still do use a hardware firewall at the cable head (i REPLACED the COMCAST UNIT, at my own expense)
and limited the incoming ports to "80" and "443" only...out going ports, you must leave SOME of them the "1024-1048" region for YOUR initiated communications...and of course SHUT DOWN the NETBIOS ms bullshit at the ethernet port, and as a service...theres more..

5) yes, i purchased and studied MANY security books relating to both MS and UNIX/LINUx..and implemented MANy MORE 'security-loophole' closures...

6) yes, i FINALLY did 'sort of' 'overcome' the/these intruders, which is what i would like to convey HERE..

6a) i find that using the UBUNTU in the CD/DVD only memory resident TOTALLY operating system with SOME ADDITIONAL measures taken...ALLOWS ME TO CONNECT , with continuous external interference (bringing some download speeds to less than 50kilobits/sec on a line that will work at 2-20 megabits when nobody is DDServicing me.....HOWEVER I CONTINUE TO BE ABLE TO USE THE INTERNET, WITHOUT THE BASTARD TEACHERS - TEACHING ME SOME LESSONS OF COURSE...the FINAL temporary solution...

6b) when UBUNTU is memory loaded/resident, usually there is NO security...its a 'demo' after all...however, you MUST CREATE a SECURE USER, protect the UBUNTU user (with near-root privileges), and protect the 'hidden' root users TOO

HOW TO DO: use 'passwd' to create the default 'Ubuntu' user must be STRONG = 14 characters or more, with the entire ensemble of IBM character-set (256 possibles, printable/not printable)...the only 'practical' non-printable is THE SPACE use numbers, symbols upper/lower case..use letters upper/lowercase..use about 25% of each 'set' = say 4 space bars randomly, 2 lowercase letters, 2 uppercase letters, 4 numbers, 4 symbols from set of upper/lower case...DO NOT USE ANY MECHANICAL SEQUENCE such as all the symbols from left to right, or any other easy to remember QUERTY physical must be HARD, and forget your "easy to remember" THATs from pre-year 2000 advise...

HOW TO DO: use 'sudo passwd root' from the Ubuntu terminal command line... and create the 'root' password...make it one character DIFFERENT from the Ubuntus passwd, so that the "hash" of that 'root password' is different...

HOW TO DO: Create a USER could be named 'USR' under system/ administration/users and groups...give this USER 'no privileges' and provide a different (shorter password, maybe just trunkate the 'root' by a few characters)..

HOW TO DO: then create a SOFTWARE FIREWARE within the Ubuntu
...from the command line, as user = Ubuntu "sudo ufw enable' (the ufw firewall enable)..."sudo ufw logging full" (ENABLES the ufw firewall log with FULL LOGGING TRACE), "sudo ufw default deny incoming" (the basic default will be to block all tcp/ip 'uninvited' incoming packets on ports 1-65435 ...more commands are available here FYI)

HOW TO DO: finally, NOW, YOU CAN CONNECT TO THE INTERNET, BUT NOT QUITE FINISHED..set your hardware firewall to packet size '256' bytes (seems radical, but slows unhindered thruput to about 50%, not bad)...AND set your 'edit connections ethernet/radio to '256' bytes, and no DHCP, burt rather MANUAL TCP/IP like on YOUR COMPUTER, and leave default hardware firewall at like, manually set you DNS at both firewall/computer..

NOW WITH ALL THIS DONE, you will not STOP the intruders if they are interested (want to play, 'teach you some more lessons') BUT THEY mostly mostly will NOT be able to disrupt your 'on-line-communications' to a 100%, just to 80% slowing of thru put, mostly DENIAL OF SERVICE PACKET FLOODING ATHT THE FIREWALL/COMCAST INTERFACE....which they will stop, once they see you've got the rest handled properly..

HOWEVER, sometimes, depending on THEIR interest, challenge level, a REAL INDUSTRIAL/NATIONAL INTELLIGENCE AGENCY capable hacker/intruder will STILL get find 'locked processes, finally forcing you to reboot AND OF COURSE RELOAD THE ENTIRE OPERATING SYSTEM BACK INTO MEMORY...just about 3-5 minute however, so not bad..

YOU WILL NOT BE ABLE TO TRACE THE ACTUAL sucessful ATTACKING PACKET, THE REAL will be ONCE and not more than 100 bytes long..SO FORGET YOUR "snort" needs to be be, apparently, literally inside the hardware firewall, ath the first stages of decoding from COMCAST..

NO, COMCAST hasn't the slightest idea, what i am talking about, nor can i demonstrate it, nor have, apparently anyt others in my TCP/IP area complained...

YES, THEY CAN FIND you, by scanning the TCP/IP addresses in your area, they are all, by geographic area, and then finding your typical 'assigned IP'...and then finding your specific computer ID, used EVERYDAY BY ALL INTERNET CONNECTSS...http is not 'connectionless' but reiterates your address/computer ID for every screenfull...

YES, they can find you, even easier, with insertintg a 'cookie' on port '80/443' along with the http, etc..your computer will THEN DIAL BACK, as a kind of 'beacon' MAKING IT EVEN EASIER TO FIND YOU, but only if you are interesting enought to be worth 'hacking'...otherwise you are safe, security in anonyminity....millions of 'on line' computers, ll standard...

YES, they use 'ready made scripts', yes they find out your computer configuration ACPI/+startup ROM/flash...and then fetch from their existing databases, all they need to formulate on the spot the ideal 'single packet' intrusion...

NO, Microsoft is TOTALLY useless, and unfixable..UNIX is better, but only if you use its security, SELINUX and firewalls..AND BECAUSE IT IS NON-STANDARD, more difficult..but not for long...

So, for those interested...some ideas regarding REAL rather than 'pretend' computer security...all of those Microsoft antivirus systems, are TOTALLY USELESS, all the security features in MICROSOFT WINDOWS 7 PROFESSIONAL are totally useless...oh yah, the Cisco low-end firewall retail grade, for $200 is totally useless, i bought THREE of them and THEY BLEW OUT THE FLASHED PROGRAM ha ha aha...good thing there was a store warrantee...i returned each within ONE DAY...ha ha,

tired1's picture

Interesting, thanks for posting your travails. I thought that I had no life.

Rick64's picture

Thanks for the laugh.

DaveyJones's picture

favorite comment of the week award

jeff montanye's picture

if it wasn't for the (amazingly) slow response, i'd still be laughing.

A Nanny Moose's picture

What the hell were you doing? Running a public webserver on Windoze? Or is this just outbound traffic?

Most incidents I see are self-inflicted. Lack of patching, default configs, default permissions, accounts without passwords, accounts with elevated privs, etc. Windoze can be resonably secured, you just have to use your mind to rather than the fecking wizards, and use a real firewall with IPS/IDS.

AV does not do shit to stop a directed attack on say a websever, if that is what was the target. Does not prevent directory traversals, priv escalations, SQL injections, and most importantly it does not prevent social engineering (a.k.a. PEBKAC).

theopco's picture

You do realize that in order for a firewall to be effective, you do have to fully immerse it in water first, (power off, of course). then let it dry out completely and light 'er up. That should do the trick.

jeff montanye's picture

maybe i'm mistaken but i didn't think this was, like, a help desk.  i thought it was a place for the discussion of ideas and investment strategies.  is this some kind of sneaky troll thing?  


StychoKiller's picture

Two thoughts for you:

SELinux, or


TraderTimm's picture


Look, you have your little rant already posted. Some people know, crossposting is just plain crass. But there it is, your little techno-paranoia turd sitting on Zerohedge's lawn. Scoop that fucker up with a plastic bag, and maybe we won't feed it to you by force, if only to stop your techno-luddite bullshit.

tmosley's picture

I see, so I think white people felt guilted into voting for Obama, therefore I am racist?

Funny how shallow your analysis is.  How do you even know what color I am, and why does that matter to you?  Racism is racism.  Why do you set white racism apart from any other form of racism?

I said white guilt because whites voted for Obama, and almost immediately regretted it.  Look at the polls.  Sorry if facts get your PCanties in a twist.

papaswamp's picture

I voted for the other black guy without guilt.

Tarheel's picture

great point tmosley. The only people voting for were blacks and those with an IQ < 75

Idiot Savant's picture

You couldn't be more wrong, Tarheel. The American public was given two people from which to choose. A large block of Obama supporters merely chose the lesser of two evils.

McCain and Palin? Are you fucking serious? Two senseless wars aren't enough? We all know that had that pissed off old man, and his famewhore running mate, won, we'd be neck deep in a third senseless war with Iran.

pazmaker's picture

and you bought Obama's line that he was gonna end those two senseless wars....and yet they go on.....  Please opt out of the left vs right   Obama, Palin, McCain are all the same.

jeff montanye's picture

now, now; you know that's not true.  and that's what hurts (hurts so bad, makes us feel so sad).  the intelligentsia voted, as a block, for barry (me included, princeton '70, wharton '72, c.f.a., v.p and senior investment officer (and shoe clerk)).  it didn't work out and we are ashamed.  ron paul '12.

dwdollar's picture

LOL, so true.  Sarah Palin reminds me of my banker aunt.  They're both attention whores who need a relentless line of ass kissers to keep them from lapsing into depression.

bronzie's picture

what's scary is that she actually has a good shot at becoming president in 2012

here are the categories of people who will vote for her:

> christians - that's about 30% of the vote

> men who think she looks good in a skirt (ie, the "I'd do her" voters)


yabyum's picture

A lot of males would like to "do" palin, but it would be a two liver night.

jeff montanye's picture

i'm intrigued, what's a "two liver night"?  (never felt that a liver taxing night was a good one to tax other organ systems, but maybe that's just me... there are alternatives).  based on following comments i g'd two liver and i'm still stumped.  oh if i watched tv.

StychoKiller's picture

Umm, there is a series of pr0n vid's partially titled "Nailin' Palin..."

pazmaker's picture

I actually think she does not have a snowballs chance in hell of even winning the Republican nomination, let alone the Presidency.   I think we will see some "strong" Republican Governors throwing their hat in the race and pick up the Republican nomination.  Sarah has too much baggage and can't overcome the Bimbo status the MSM bestowed upon her.

GeorgeHayduke's picture

Did the MSM "bestow" it upon her, or did she earn it herself by being an attention whore?

Ropingdown's picture

She's not an attention-whore.  She's a relatively sensible ex-urban woman who successfully became active in local politics.  It was McCain who had "attention whore by proxy" syndrome.  Prior to 2008, she'd done a lot with little money (cf. McCain). She won't run for president, but likely will keep people guessing so that she can help deliver the two-liver vote in 2012.  With a national media full of stage 4 attention whores, Palin barely indicates stage 3. I have to laugh, though.  She calls Assange's work "un-American." Hell, he's Australian, or was until he realized he's in exile now.

GeorgeHayduke's picture

Yeah, the patriotic, flag-waving crowd is beside themselves over Assange. Here's a foreigner doing the real freedom kind of thing and showing how our government works behind closed doors, and they call him a traitor or terrorist, etc. Then they'll have a near religious experience talking about freedom, the Constitution, or (bow your head) the Founding Fathers. HAHA!

These folks are so confused about real freedom and afraid of it that they have no clue what it really is. To them freedom means you have the freedom to conform to mainstream, never had an original thought way of thinking, while they have the freedom to push around anyone who doesn't conform. But hey, wave the flag, unquestionably support any and all wars, believe there's a difference in the Dems and Rethugs, and stick out your chest and talk about freedom, It's the 'Merican way. Damn...I nearly shed a tear just writing about it.

SteveNYC's picture

Nicely said, that is about spot-on.

Hey, living in the Matrix is still freedom, right? To some, deluded ones......

pazmaker's picture

+1000  Now your talking!!!

Rainman's picture

Sarah needs to get some bikini shots of herself combat fishing the Russian river for reds in July. Force sex appeal down the throats of those craving intellectual appeal. It's gotta work.

That's what I'd do.

New_Meat's picture

You'd come out of the HI surf (all expenses paid) and do a 'Baywatch' photo shoot with your shirt off and your 6P abs showing prominently. ;-)

- Ned

StychoKiller's picture

All right you two, get a room! :>D

Treeplanter's picture

You greatly underestimate the Arctic Fox.  I know she's extreme because she thinks we shouldn't murder unborn babies.  Snuffing out those little heartbeats is so clearly a progressive and correct response to the inconvenience of pregnancy.  And she thinks Americans like their liberty and believe in a fair chance to compete. That's so out there.  But the majority agree with the Wasilla Wildcat.  It will be Madame President in 2013 and the crowd at the inauguration will pick up the litter on the Mall when they leave. What a bunch of racists. 

fajensen's picture

Shot!?! She can't even shoot - *six shots* to kill *one* reindeer and she even publishes that instead of doing a retake; Did they cast its legs in concrete beforehand too so it wouldnt run on the first miss?

Stingy, Retarded, Obviously cannot read very good, No common sense -> President Material. Actually, A vote for her is either a vote to end The Pain quicker or a device to make The Man reveal himself!