By Mark O’Neill
Contributing Writer, [GAS]
Lawyers acting for the guy who allegedly broke into Governor Sarah Palin’s Yahoo email account have filed motions arguing that their client should not be called “a hacker”. Why? It gives off “negative connotations”.
So what are we supposed to call him? An “email security tester”?
“Because of the negative connotations evoked by these terms, there is a significant danger of unfair prejudice, confusion of the issues, and misleading the jury,” the motion states. “Hackers are commonly portrayed as dangerous criminals who are involved in malicious conduct such as credit card fraud, stealing, intentional disruption of legitimate activities and causing economic damages.”
But this…gentleman…allegedly hacked into Palin’s email account, so why can’t we now call him a hacker? If he accessed the email account without permission, doesn’t that fall within the parameters of hacking?
Via The Register