This week marks the beginning of the trial for David Kernell, the 22-year-old computer whiz turned FBI target, accused of hacking into Sarah Palin’s personal Yahoo e-mail account during the 2008 presidential campaign. Palin’s e-mails, family photos and even her daughter’s cell phone number were posted online, and – of course – picked up by Gawker. Now on trial in Tennessee, Kernell faces up to 50 years in federal prison if he’s convicted.
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Now, I’m sure this will become some sort of made-for-tv movie in which a young geek pulls a prank and is “overly” punished by right wing zealots, but as far as hacking films go, we’re not sure it’d make it on to the DVR. Instead, we thought up our five favorite hacker films, and please, note the absence of Sarah Palin.