Someone has accessed my emails - what to do?

January 11, 2011 at 01:22:20
Specs: Windows 7

I have just come back off holiday and noticed that someone has been looking through my emails whilst I was away. My email is set up through gmail, I have changed my passwords so going forward they will not be able to view them. But by searching on the IP address I have traced who it is.

They have been accessing them through their work place and a blackberry. I was wondering if anyone can give me some advice as to whether this is illegal and whether I should make a formal complaint to the MD of that company? The person is the IT manager.

Thank you

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January 11, 2011 at 08:05:11

The IT manager may still have access to your emails, even though you changed your password. Can you grab him by the throat a squeeze a little? That should solve it.

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January 11, 2011 at 09:08:56

This is obviously a work e-mail account from what I gather. If it was a personal account that would be different. I really don't know what to say about that as it is company business.

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January 11, 2011 at 09:42:19

Hi - thanks for the replies so far. It was a personal email account, not a work one. A lot of my personal information and photos of my child were on my email, I am really upset by this violation of pirvacy.

Anyone know where I stand on this and whether it would be best to contact the person's workplace?

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January 11, 2011 at 10:02:19

First I would open a new e-mail account, transfer all your addresses etc to that and then close the other. New password and you would be fine. Obviously the person gained your pass from you or someone else.

But by searching on the IP address I have traced who it is
Sounds like you are doing your research, could I ask what tools you are using to access this?

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January 11, 2011 at 17:32:19

i'm no lawyer, but i think proving one person is responsible for a data breach in a court of law is a challenge. and probably not worth the legal fees you'd incur.

i recommend flight over fight: close that email account and start another, and continue to protect your virtual identity as best you can.

how did the IT manager gain access to your personal account? you're thinking some brute force password cracking hack? or is there a chance that you emailed the password to your work email at some point, or something?

do you use the same password for everything? This is not a best practice - you don't want the guy who hacked your facebook account to have access to your bank account.... Do you keep a text document with all your passwords in it on a computer? There's a guy here at work who uses Outlook Contacts to store his passwords... Do your passwords use at least 7 characters, capital and lower-case letters, numbers, and special characters? for example, "strongpass" is much weaker than "sTr0ngp4S$" but almost as easy to remember.

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March 20, 2011 at 00:38:06

I have a gmailaccount. I think my emails have been read bymy ex employer whom I'm in dispute with. They contain my legal advice. Can I see which ISP has accessed tm from last three months?

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