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Gawker's John Cook reports that an unidentified hacker claims to have accessed Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney's e-mail and DropBox accounts.
"You will recall that roughly four years ago, 4Chan hackers got into Sarah Palin's Yahoo! account, releasing a few private emails, photos, and her contact list," Cook writes. "The lesson: If you're running for national office, don't use a private email that lets anyone reset the password if they can guess the city you were born in. Mitt Romney apparently hasn't learned that lesson."
"[The] anonymous hacker (notice the lack of upper case punctuation there) is claiming to have successfully accessed Romney’s personal Hotmail ... account by guessing the answer to the candidate’s security question, 'What’s your favorite pet?'" writes WebProNews' Drew Bowling.
"The hack of Romney's 'favorite pet' question is ironic, given his complicated history with animals," writes InformationWeek's Mathew J. Schwartz. "Or as The New Yorker recently put it, 'We know about Seamus the dog, how Romney put him in a crate and strapped it to the roof of the family station wagon for hours of driving.'"
"Romney's e-mails are under scrutiny because he has distanced himself from the health insurance bill that became law under his governorship and which is similar to the Obama-backed national law that Republicans criticize," writes CNET News' Elinor Mills. "The Wall Street Journal published some Romney e-mails today that indicate he was 'closely engaged in negotiating details of the bill, working with top Democratic state leaders and drafting early copies of opinion articles backing it.'"