Conroe, TX asked in Criminal Law and Internet Law for Texas

Q: Is it against the law to hack into someone's snapchat account & save their nudes?

After this person hacked the account & saved the nudes they could, they texted the account owner off a fake number holding the account ransom because they wanted the code to the "My eyes only" folder. They said they'd only give the account back if they got the code to the rest of the nudes. There is proof they saved pictures. Also, whenever they logged into the snapchat, snapchat sent the person's IP address & what kind of phone they used.

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Kiele Linroth Pace
Kiele Linroth Pace
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  • Criminal Law Lawyer
  • Austin, TX
  • Licensed in Texas

A: Yes, very illegal. The offense of Breach of Computer Security (33.02) by accessing the account without the consent of the owner. The level of this offense depends on the amount of monetary damage caused or threatened.

The offense of Electronic Access Interference (33.022) was committed if the owner is now locked out of the account. This is a third-degree felony punishable by 2 to 10 years in the state penitentiary and a fine up to $10,000.

If the suspect uses the other person's account to send messages or make postings with the intent to harm, defraud, intimidate, or threaten then they will have committed the offense of Online Impersonation (33.07) which, depending on the circumstances, could be a third-degree felony (2 to 10 years + up to $10K fine) or a class A misdemeanor (up to 1 year in jail + up to $4k fine.)

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