Is Palin's hacker a Tennessee college student?

The person who hacked into Sarah Palin's e-mail account could be the son of a Tennessee state representative, according to mixed reports.

There are mixed reports on Friday whether or not the son of a Tennessee state representative has been contacted by the FBI or Secret Service in connection with Sarah Palin's hacked Yahoo Mail account .

The father, Democratic Rep. Mike Kernell has told Knoxville News Sentinel and The Tennessean that despite a lot of online chatter, no formal contact has been made.

The person who gained access to Palin's e-mail account did so by guessing details of her life , then changed the e-mail password to "popcorn."

Using the online nickname Rubico, someone posted details of the hack to a forum on the 4Chan.org Web site starting on Tuesday. Password-protected zip files containing the contents of the now-deleted e-mail account once belonging to the Republican vice-presidential candidate have also been posted to the forum.

Subsequent posts by Rubico to the /b/ board over the last few days have provided additional insight into how the hack was carried out, although many of the posts have now been deleted.

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