Attorneys for David Kernell, the 21-year-old student charged with hacking into former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin’s Yahoo e-mail account, say that the computer he was using contained spyware that was secretly logging and reporting information without his knowledge, reports Computerworld.
In a Nov. 30 motion, his attorneys state:
The program, which was installed by an unknown method before the computer ever came into Mr. Kernell’s possession, uses sophisticated technology to record and report personal information without the user’s knowledge.
Kernell has been indicted on charges that he intentionally accessed the governor’s e-mail without authorization and posted screen shots of the account to a public Web site. He is facing a possible five-year sentence for a charge of felony computer hacking.