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Web-based e-mail users take note: Use strong passwords, consider more about secret questions and answers provide when you creating new accounts.

The private e-mail account of Republican vice presidential candidate and Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin was apparently hacked earlier this week, and screen captures of e-mail messages, family photos, and the e-mail inbox were posted on a Web site.

The internet griefers known as Anonymous took credit for the intrusion, and screenshots of e-mail messages and photos belonging to the Alaska governor have been published by WikiLeaks. Threat Level has confirmed the authenticity of at least one of the e-mails.

“This is a shocking invasion of the Governor’s privacy and a violation of law,” Rick Davis, McCain-Palin campaign manager said in a statement. “The matter has been turned over to the appropriate authorities and we hope that anyone in possession of these e-mails will destroy them. We will have no further comment.”

FBI spokesman Brian Hale said, “The FBI is aware of the alleged hacking incident involving Alaska Governor Sarah Palin and is coordinating with the United States Secret Service on the matter.”

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