Lewisville, TX asked in Criminal Law, Communications Law, Identity Theft and Sexual Harassment for Colorado

Q: is it illegal to hack someone's facebook and email and change their passwords?

My boyfriend was on a phone plan with his friend, and she and him got in a fight, so he gave her the phone back, in attempt to cut ties with her, and he forgot to log out of his facebook app and email app on the phone. she has now gone on the phone and changed both of those passwords so that he has no access to his facebook account or email account.

1 Lawyer Answer
Tristan Kenyon Schultz
Tristan Kenyon Schultz
Answered
  • Fort Collins, CO
  • Licensed in Colorado

A: Simply changing passwords is likely not illegal. If information contained is used to impersonate and individual, this may be illegal. Note, changing the passwords or generally "hacking" of accounts by an unauthorized third-party is a clear violation of both Facebook and every email service--i.e. you should be able to freeze or get the account back.

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