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7 Famous People, Besides Mitt Romney, With Embarrassing Email Addresses

Mitt Romney was revealed to have a Hotmail account on Tuesday when his account was hacked. But he's not the only high-profile player still using a service better fit for 1999. From Scarlett Johansson to Sarah Palin, some like to kick it old-school, email-style. The Daily Beast takes a look at the yahoos who resist joining the 21st century.

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Mitt Romney was revealed to have a Hotmail account on Tuesday, when his account was hacked. But he's not the only high-profile player still using a service better fit for 1999. From Scarlett Johansson to Sarah Palin, some like to kick it old-school, email-style. The Daily Beast takes a look at the yahoos who resist joining the 21st century.

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Mitt Romney

Email Client: Hotmail

As if getting hacked wasn’t bad enough, Mitt Romney has been outed—as a Hotmail user. Though his campaign won’t confirm whether [email protected] is still in use, the former governor was using the throwback alias as recently as 2006. At least he can rest assured that he’s not the only politician or celebrity to get caught with an embarrassing online address.

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Sarah Palin

Email Client: Yahoo

The former Alaska governor had her Yahoo account hacked in September 2008. While the leaked messages weren’t particularly newsy, her choice to use a personal [email protected] matters of state raised more than a few eyebrows. Eventually the state of Alaska got ahead of the story by officially releasing more than 24,000 of her emails. Journalists pounced, but there wasn’t much juicy news in Palin’s surprisingly prolific online correspondence, other than some surprisingly warm words for her future opponent Barack Obama.

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Scarlett Johansson

Email Client: Yahoo

The starlet was a victim of a late-2010 email invasion at the hands of Christopher Chaney, a notorious hacker (and fellow Yahoo user) who leaked compromising photos of the actress on the Internet. The hacker, who invaded hundreds of AOL, Yahoo, and Apple accounts in Hollywood, was eventually caught and pled guilty in March to nine felony counts. He faces up to 60 years in prison.

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Khalid Sheikh Mohammed

Email Client: Hotmail

Before his arrest, the Al Qaeda operations chief used his free Hotmail account to coordinate much of his foot-soldiers’ movements in the United States. The international terror network has been known to rely on mundane consumer technology to communicate, from webmail to prepaid phones. For example, 9/11 hijacker Khalid al-Mihdhar used his Yahoo account to book his plane ticket. The Obama administration has pressured Yahoo to allow the Justice Department warrantless access to all user email accounts.

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Bristol Palin

Email Client: Hotmail

Bristol’s personal email address leaked the day after her mother’s unfortunate email hack. Though her own messages never saw public light, the former first daughter of Alaska did suffer some unfortunate technological gaffes in the next few years. After creating a public Facebook profile, she was assailed with inappropriate comments. Then her sister posted homophobic comments on her private Facebook wall. Finally, Bristol had her Twitter account hacked.

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Lindsay Lohan

Email Client: Yahoo

Lohan’s penchant for old-timey emailing came to light in 2008, when a security hole in the Yahoo network allowed idle browsers to look through her pictures on MySpace. Lohan has cultivated an imposing online presence, with over 3.6 million Twitter followers. Although she’s never been hacked, one leaked email gave an indication of how the actress communicates online: “I need my friends, and people I work with, to PLEASE help me get on a private plane tomorrow by at least
5 p.m.”

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Arianna Huffington

Email Client: AOL

BuzzFeed editor Ben Smith once theorized that having an AOL email can be something of a “status symbol.” The doyenne of aggregation certainly doesn’t want for status—and she would seem to have a clear corporate pretext for using an AOL address. In reality, she had the address years before the Huffington Post-AOL merger. In April the account was hacked by Nigerians and began spamming the mogul’s impressive contact list with a cryptic message, likely linking to a virus. The crack HuffPo techies quickly fixed the problem, and Huffington told Gawker, “I'm not giving up my AOL email.”

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Jon Stewart

Email Client: Lycos

In a Daily Show segment on Google, the comedian took the tech giant to town for “stealing personal information,” while aiming some similar salvos at Facebook. As part of the riff, Stewart casually revealed that he’s “a Lycos man.” And if that’s not retro enough for you, Stewart also claims—more dubiously—that he uses the search engine AltaVista. But the comedian’s so-called Luddite tendencies extend beyond email and search: In another segment, called “Old Man Stewart Shakes His Fist,” he bemoaned the rise of Twitter.