From the Telegraph.co.uk website:
The hackers gained entry to Mrs Palin’s Yahoo! email account, which she used for official business as Alaska’s governor.
They have disclosed as evidence some personal messages she received since being selected by John McCain as the Republican vice-presidential candidate.
Members of Anonymous, an online group known for its attacks against the Church of Scientology, claimed responsibility for the hack, and posted copies of two emails, a contact list and family photos to Wikileaks, a website that hosts leaked documents.
The McCain campaign reacted angrily to the hacking, saying in a statement: “This is a shocking invasion of the governor’s privacy and a violation of law.
“The matter has been turned over to the appropriate authorities and we hope that anyone in possession of these e-mails will destroy them.”
The disclosure has raised fresh questions about Mrs Palin’s use of nongovernment email accounts to conduct state business.
The practice was disclosed prior to Mrs Palin’s selection by Mr McCain, when political critics obtained internal e-mails documenting it among some of the governor’s aides.
The account – firstname.lastname@example.org – has now been deleted, along with another account, email@example.com, which has been investigated by authorities examining the so-called “Troopergate” incident, which centres on Mrs Palin’s dismissal of Walt Monegan, the Alaskan public safety commissioner.
One email leaked was sent to Mrs Palin from Amy B. McCorkell, who was appointed by Mrs Palin to an advisory board on alcohol and drug abuse. The email said Ms McCorkell was praying for Mrs Palin. “Don’t let the negative press get you down!” the email said.
Ms McCorkell refused to discuss the matter, saying: “I do not know anything about it. I’m not giving you any comment.” A website later reported that she had confirmed the email’s authenticity.
Another of the emails disclosed an exchange in July between Mrs Palin and Sean Parnell, the Alaska Lieutenant Governor, discussing a talk show host who had been critical of Parnell. Mr Parnell also refused to discuss the issue.
While it has not emerged how the hackers broke into Mrs Palin’s Yahoo! account, it might have been possible to gain access by knowing personal details, including her birthdate and post code.