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1 Net proxy may pinpoint Palin email hackers on Thu Sep 18, 2008 1:07 am

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Memo to US Secret Service: Net proxy may pinpoint Palin email hackers
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Posted in Security, 18th September 2008 01:22 GMT

Memo to law enforcement investigators tracking down who broke into Sarah Palin's Yahoo email account: Gabriel Ramuglia might be a good place to start.

The 25-year-old webmaster and entrepreneur is the operator of Ctunnel.com, the browsing proxy service used by the group that hacked into the vice presidential candidate's personal email account and exposed its contents to the world. While he has yet to examine his logs, he says there's a good chance they will lead to those responsible, thanks to some carelessness on their part.

"Usually, this sort of thing would be hard to track down because it's Yahoo email, and a lot of people use my service for that," he told El Reg in a phone interview. "Since they were dumb enough to post a full screenshot that showed most of the [Ctunnel.com] URL, I should be able to find that in my log."

Ramuglia got into the proxy business a few years ago, after schools began blocking access to an online game site he used to co-own. Pretty soon, people began using the proxy service to access YouTube, Gmail, MySpace, and dozens of other sites that are routinely blocked by IT departments.

To prevent abuse of the service - such as the occasional bomb threat or other illegal act that's been known to happen - Ramuglia logs each user's IP address, along with the time and web destination. That often isn't enough to track down people who access extremely popular websites. But in this case, the perpetrators included a whole string of random-looking characters when posting screenshots of Palin's hacked account. That will probably be enough for him to pinpoint the proverbial needle in the haystack.

The information at the moment is on a server at a Chicago colocation site owned by FDC Servers. Logs are automatically flushed after seven days, so the clock is ticking for law enforcement, who presumably are under intense pressure to protect the privacy of a candidate for the White House. Of course, there's always the possibility that Ctunnel.com was only one of multiple anonymization services the email hackers used to cover their tracks, but there's only one way to find out.

Ramuglia said if he is contacted by law enforcement officials he will probably give them the information they seek. At time of writing, he's received no inquiries from any law enforcement agencies, he said.

The breach of Palin's account "is pretty clearly against my terms of service," he said. "As exciting as it is to be in the news, this is not the type of activity I can encourage by any

gypsy


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she should have not used personal email ,for business.. smarts??

gypsy


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wonder what her emails coinsist of?

SSC


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oh please Gypsy you will be standing in line to buy a copy hoping for a new batch of dirt....kinda like pulling up the anti-american chat records off certain web sites aka Buttermilk ..just never know what you would find...

rosco 357


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SSC wrote:oh please Gypsy you will be standing in line to buy a copy hoping for a new batch of dirt....kinda like pulling up the anti-american chat records off certain web sites aka Buttermilk ..just never know what you would find...

i went there to the sight the email, is on, i heard greeta on fox on her show say she read lots but saw nothing, much but personnel stuff, so as gyp said i am not sure or dont think, she used it for business, but it all will shake out, i just skimed some, one person said they were praying for her, anyways it will be all read and come out, but greeta did not think much about it but private stuff, but we shall see, one thing that was said is it will bring her sympathy and more votes for that ticket, but who knows for sure,

SSC


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They are making a big enough deal out of it to have the FBI involved..probably some brother of Obama looking to make some coin lol!

rosco 357


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gypsy wrote:wonder what her emails coinsist of?

go read it, i read some, well orielly is about to talk about it now mostly about i think they will catch who did it,take care

8 Re: Net proxy may pinpoint Palin email hackers on Thu Sep 18, 2008 10:02 pm

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gypsy wrote:wonder what her emails coinsist of?

Geez Gyp it is all over the net read it for yourself...it is really boring but I'm sure you can find a deeper meaning.

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