Email, Website of Hawaii Lawmaker Hacked

Sara Lin/Civil Beat

UPDATED 6/3/11 5 p.m.

Hackers briefly seized control of the government email and website of Hawaii state Rep. Kymberly Pine.

The email account — reppine@Capitol.hawaii.gov — was taken over on Thursday, and follows the hacking of her website — kymberlypine.com — in late April.

Hackers put up "offensive" postings on her website, the representative said, and sent out an email calling her a "crook."

Both accounts are now back in the control of Pine, the House Minority Floor Leader who represents Ewa Beach, Iroquois Point and Puuloa.

But Pine has alerted the Honolulu Police Department, the state Sheriffs Division (which provides security at the Capitol) and the FBI.

"The Legislature needs to take this very seriously," Pine told Civil Beat Friday. "This is the coming future for all of us. Most private citizens don't have the resources that lawmakers have to protect against identity theft, but we need stronger identity theft laws. This person stole my identity via the Internet."

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