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David Kernell

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"A Mugshot"
A mugshot of David Kernell, October, 2009

David Kernell (also know by the handle Rubico) was a former oldfag that in 2008 leaked the contents and information to Sarah Palin's Yahoo email account to /b/. He was a 20-year-old economics major at the University of Tennessee Knoxville when he guessed the security answers to enter Palin's Yahoo! account, changed the password to "popcorn," and then posted the new password, family photographs and some emails on 4chan under the pseudonym "Rubico." In November 2010, a trial was held. He was sentenced to 1 year and 1 day of imprisonment and three years of probation. This probation was later moved to a halfway house with two more years added to his sentence.

He once ranked in the top 10 percent of chess players in the U.S.

Death

David Kernell died in 2018. He was 30. Sarah Palin expressed "Heartfelt Condolences" to his family. He died of MS. source