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Social media and email hacking

Social media and email account hacking can happen to any type of business or personal online account.

Hacking of an email or social media account is when an offender makes unauthorised modification of its contents, regardless of whether they have lawful or unlawful access to the computer used to commit the offence.

Social media and email account hacking can happen to any type of business or personal online account.

Hacking of an email or social media account is when an offender makes unauthorised changes of its contents. Whether they have lawful or unlawful access to the device used to commit the offence is irrelevant.

A hacking offence of this nature can happen on any type of internet enabled device. This includes mobiles, tablets, laptops, desktops and games consoles.

If spam emails have been sent to your contacts, it will likely result in a virus and the email account is most likely under the control of a botnet.

A botnet is a network of robotic software that can run without the need for human input. The most common type of spam message tells readers that the person (owner of the account) is lost or hurt abroad and needs immediate financial help.

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