Hackers have broken in to the e-mail of the US Republican vice-presidential candidate, Alaska Governor Sarah Palin.
The hackers, who targeted a personal Yahoo account, posted several messages and family photos from her inbox.
The campaign of running mate John McCain condemned their action as “a shocking invasion of the governor’s privacy and a violation of the law”.
The hacking comes amid questions about whether Mrs Palin used personal e-mail to conduct state business.
According to law, all e-mails relating to the official business of government must be archived and not destroyed. However, personal e-mails can be deleted.
Mrs Palin is currently under investigation in Alaska for alleged abuse of power while governor.