Under the 1990 Computer Misuse Act, breaking into or "hacking" someone else's email account can lead to criminal charges and if proven someone could face a two year prison sentence– even if it was a prank. Yet it has increased exponentially since the inception of the internet.
“ It`s critical for anyone going through a divorce to change their email address and change all their social media passwords to stop their warring partner having access to sensitive information which could give them an advantage during divorce proceedings.”
Gorvins say they have encountered hacking spouses are particularly targeting any emails the solicitors sent which contain advice as to our client’s entitlement or because they believe their divorcing spouse is hiding income or assets.
"I had one case when we felt the husband was always a step ahead and my client was convinced that he had read emails we had exchanged. Facebook profiles are also targeted because they may contain information that can be referred to in court papers. Some clients have told me that their exes have even threatened to disclose the private photographs, they`ve found on social media accounts as a way of getting what they want.”
Almost one in five (18%) couples in the UK argue regularly or consider separating, a study suggests.
Added Nicola McInnes: “ People are understandably resistant to or resentful of being forced into changing passwords and email accounts. Unfortunately the alternative is being placed in a vulnerable position at an already distressing time.”
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