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Police are investigating a claimed cracking of presidential hopeful Mitt Romney's Hotmail and Dropbox accounts. An anonymous tipster claims to have accessed Romney's accounts by answering the security question needed to gain access. Using publically available information the attacker claims to have correctly guessed the name …


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  1. Anomynous Coward

    Why on earth

    would he use these sort of services anyway?

    I certainly hope he wouldn't entrust anything of any real importance to them - never mind the inherent security problems all these companies have, he doesn't get to vet their staff who might be subject to any amount of temptation or have axes to grind; he might as well post the contents on public web servers and just hope no one looks at them.

    1. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Re: Why on earth

      I agree, WTF is he using Dropbox for?

      Of course it could be to look cool for the younger voters,

      Hi, I'm Mitt Romney, I've got a Hotmail account and a Dropbox and an MP3 player, I'm on Facebook and I tweet!

      What the hell was that you got me to say?

      Don't worry sir its for your ratings.

  2. John A Blackley


    "the presidential hopeful's.......................... hotmail account"?

    1. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Re: Really?

      That would explain all the emails I've been getting asking for help moving some unclaimed funds in a Massachusetts bank account...

      1. Peter Simpson 1

        Re: Really?

        " moving some unclaimed funds in a Massachusetts bank account..."

        No help needed, the Commonwealth is quite capable of moving your funds themselves.

        On the news this morning they are saying the concrete paving (estimated lifetime: 30 years) in the Big Dig is now failing and will need to be re-done. This translates to much excitement in the tunnels leading to the airport for the next 2 years...

        (They're really quite rigorous about publishing lists and holding funds until you or your heirs claim them...apparently there's no time limit)

        //MA resident, didn't/won't vote for Romney

  3. Jeebus

    Romney is a gift that keeps on giving.

    A second company funded by Romney has filed for bankruptcy in the solar energy sector, a week after he attacked Obama on the exact issue. Horrible man, and I have no qualm with anyone exposing him in every way possible.

    1. Jeebus

      By gift I mean cancer.

    2. JPD

      classic "talk without think" episode...

      so, 80% of Bain's companies were successfully turned around, and the other 20% were already on their last legs, Bain invested money that it lost when they couldn't be saved. One happened to be in the solar industry.

      Solyndra was a giveaway of money (taxpayer money, not even his money!) to insiders that was already going under. There was no risk taking, no attempt at recovery, just theft, like the rest of the stimulus slush fund.

      I think you had your nouns misplaced, someone could read your post and think Romney was the evil one, when any objective reading of the facts clearly show you probably meant otherwise...

      1. Zombie Womble

        Re: classic "talk without think" episode...

        Trust a Republican to listen to exactly what someone has to say and then just assume he meant the opposite because it suits some bias or other.

        I see a career at Fox News looming.

        1. csumpi

          Re: classic "talk without think" episode...

          Just like democrats. Listening to things like hope and change, public health care that will be better and cheaper, free government jobs for college grads and their loans forgiven after 20 years, closing gitmo, waterboarding terrorists bad but killing them and civilians with drones ok, ...

          I mean seriously. Let's just call this even.

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        2. Jeebus

          Re: classic "talk without think" episode...

          Well said Zombie, it is very clear that I meant Romney, especially given that my post clearly showed that. But with people like JPD about it is sad that I should have to point this out when it is very clear. Intelligence was never a Republican strong point.

      2. Ohb1knewbie

        Re: classic "talk without think" episode...

        Classic twisting the facts (aka lying). from TFA linked above

        "Konarka is the second Massachusetts solar company, along with Evergreen Solar and Beacon Power, to receive taxpayer dollars under Romney’s tenure and subsequently declare bankruptcy."

        This had nothing to with Bain.

        1. Tom 13

          Re: This had nothing to with Bain.

          Same meme, different day. Still a flat out lie. I think if Romney were a Brit instead of a 'Merkin that would make both The Big 0 and Jeebus subject to public defamation suits. Particularly since it isn't overly difficult to confirm the real facts of the case.

    3. Tom 13

      @Jeebus: You really need to lay off the Kool Aid.

      Romney didn't personally intervene to try to get the loan through the way The Big 0 did. In fact the loan was approved under his predecessor and Romney FOUGHT to end the loan program. But even at that, the loan was far smaller and paid back in full. After that we've got the fact that Konarka remained in business for 9 years after receiving the loan, while Solyndra barely pulled 2. Oh, and incidentally, that means Konarka went belly up while The Big 0 was in office pumping green-commie power and long after Romney was in any political office which could influenced the success of Konarka.

  4. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Time to build more prisons

    Hackers are begging to stay at the Iron Bar Hotel, for years.

    1. LinkOfHyrule

      Re: Time to build more prisons

      No, instead we build cyber prisons - it's like your mum's basement but with bars and special non slip soap.

      1. I think so I am?

        Re: Time to build more prisons

        and with no internet access most will commit suicide within the first week - Think I might start a funeral home?

      2. Anonymous Coward
        Anonymous Coward

        Re: Time to build more prisons

        The only explanation is that these hackers are in dispair that they can't room with Assange and Manning.

  5. Charles Manning

    Republicans just can't win

    Republican's accounts get accessed: Dumb Republicans too stupid to understand security.

    Democrat's accounts get accessed: Evil Republican scumbags break into Democrat's account.

    1. Naughtyhorse

      Re: Republicans just can't win

      heres hoping

      1. Charles Manning

        Re: Republicans just can't win

        It really does not matter who wins even though so many people, including media, seem to think it does.

        The actions of the political parties on offer in USA are not materially different. All that seems to really differ is the marketing hype that surrounds them. Just like Coke vs Pepsi, a taste test can't really tell them apart and they have no nutritional merits over the other. The only real difference is in the marketing.

    2. Bongwater

      Re: Republicans just can't win

      Charles wins 4 interwebs.

  6. Winkypop Silver badge

    I hear they hang hackers on Kolob

    Magic underwear or not!

  7. auburnman

    Is he allowed email and dropbox? I thought Mormons believed electricity was the Devil.

    1. Alyas

      Uh no, I think you're confusing Quakers with Mormons.

      1. Zombie Womble

        Uh no, I think you're confusing Quakers with the Amish.

      2. NogginTheNog

        Quakers or Mormons?

        Are Mormons the ones with all the wives, or the Quakers who get all the oats?!

    2. Naughtyhorse


      mormons, they are the horse rustling paedophiles....

      you must try harder to keep up

    3. I think so I am?

      I thinks its every thing they don't like is the devil.

  8. Robert Carnegie Silver badge

    Does that mean we all now know Mitt Romney's password?

    I assume that Seamus the dog has passed away. Possibly in 1983 by the sound of it.

    1. I. Aproveofitspendingonspecificprojects

      Re: Does that mean we all now know Mitt Romney's password?

      You mean the second time the son of a bitch covered the idiot in dog czjd he was dead?

      The man is stupid enough to make Presidunce.

      Where do they find them?

      Is it chemically induced as foetuses or do Republicans cauterise the brains of their children hoping they will go into politics?

  9. Rampant Spaniel


    Dumber than Palin.

    Not that I am an Obama fan but we are in for a fun 5 years no matter who gets in. I don't care which party, just let's have a competant, literate candidate with the support of their own party please.

    1. Zombie Womble

      Re: Romney:

      And please try to work together for the good of America rather then fighting like a bunch of spoilt children over literally everything.

      1. Naughtyhorse

        Re: Romney:

        like thats going to happen!

        it's taken the merkin political system 30 years to get this broke, it's going to take longer to get fixed. They need to hit bottom first, by which time all world commodoties will be traded in Renminbi. And most of us will only vaguely remember what america was.

      2. Rampant Spaniel

        Re: Romney:

        Thank you! Good to know there are other sane folks out there.

        It has gone way beyond red vs blue. We talk like we are the best but we got lazy. We let our guard down and now corporations own the govt, we don't educate our kids, we don't keep our population healthy, we export our jobs. Our economy is built on loans at every level. Our stock markets overdrive the economy for short term gains which causes a huge collapse. It's about time we started changing some things. I don't care which side is in power, I just want someone to start helping make things better.

        Our healthcare bill is 2k a month for a family of 4. Our school fees (including books, uniforms and compulsory fund raising) are 60k a year. I bust my ass to keep a roof over our heads working 2 jobs. I have seen socialised healthcare and education work well in other countries (an army is just socialised protection, but for some it is inconvenient to see it that way), I have also seen capitalism work wonders for the economy (Mrs T in the UK turned the country around). Why can we not have somebody just take the best ways of doing things irrespective of their political persuasion and get shit done.

        If this country wants to be great again it needs to work based on real results and not political hyperbole.

        (oh and get rid of fox news!)

    2. Yet Another Anonymous coward Silver badge

      Re: Romney:

      >just let's have a competant, literate candidate

      Are you serious! Imagine the trouble a competent, literate president could cause.

      At least the moronic illeterate ones are relatively harmless

      (well unless you happen to be living in the middle east)

  10. Tom 13

    I think the more relevant fact about David Kernell would be

    that he is the son of an elected Democrat (, so he wasn't what you'd call a random impartial hacker.

    Wanna lay odds this guy isn't either?

    1. Naughtyhorse

      Re: I think the more relevant fact about David Kernell would be



      most unlikely that the hacker was a home-schooled teabagger, they tend to skip stories about alice and bob to concentrate about the one where jesus rides a dinosaur in the beginning, which was 4000 years ago.

      1. Anonymous Coward
        Anonymous Coward

        Re: I think the more relevant fact about David Kernell would be

        Hah. Everyone knows that the beginning was, in fact, over 6000 years ago - in 4004 BC, in fact. Really, if you can't get something that basic right, it makes me doubt the rest of your statement.

  11. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    It's pucker time

    Some hackers be off to the pokey. They never learn.

  12. Boris S.

    A silver lining

    There is a silver lining to this story. At least a few more socially challenged people will be off the streets and in prison getting "rehabilitated". Some folks are slow to catch on to reality.

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