2 May 2010

Palin hacker convicted

2:18 pm on 2 May 2010

A jury in Tennessee, in the United States, has convicted a former student of hacking the e-mail account of former Alaskan governor, Sarah Palin.

David Kernell, 22, was found guilty of obstructing justice and unauthorised access to a computer. He was a student at the University of Tennessee at the time.

The BBC reports he faces up to 20 years in prison for the first charge and one year for the charge of hacking.

Kernell broke into Mrs Palin's e-mail account during her 2008 election campaign.

The jury took four days to reach a decision.