Corpus Christi, TX asked in Criminal Law and Securities Law for Texas

Q: Is it illegal to hack into someone's Twitter account without the owner knowing ? And if so what are the penalties

Had someone hack my twitter account and I have proof of them even saying they did . Just wanna know if it's illegal and what are the consequences in the state of Texas

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Roy Lee Warren
Roy Lee Warren
  • Criminal Law Lawyer
  • San Marcos, TX
  • Licensed in Texas

A: Yes it is illegal, see the Texas Penal Code Chapter 7, Section 33. The penalties for computer crimes are of a wide variety depending on the nature and seriousness of the crime committed. For the breach of computer security (i.e. gaining access to a computer without the consent of the owner), the penalty may range all the way from a "Class B" misdemeanor (up to 180 days in a county jail and/or a fine of up to $2,000) up to a first degree felony (five to 99 years in a state prison and/or a fine of up to $10,000). The factor influencing the degree of the penalty imposed is the value of money or property that the defendant benefitted from and/or was lost by the victim.

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