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Hacking someone’s e-mail address promises potential rewards for the criminally-minded. Of course, the most obvious is gaining access to your private conversations, whether to reveal sensitive personal or professional, information that could be used for malicious purposes including identity theft and corporate espionage. A hacker could also delete messages in an attempt to destroy valuable information.
But for the average online user, the most serious threat from hacked e-mail is that a criminal can use your account to discover the keys to your other online accounts, such as financial services like banking and PayPal. Many websites with secure login portals provide the ability for you to retrieve a “forgotten” username and/or password. When the sites send this information to your registered e-mail account, it is presumed that you are the only one with access to this account. A hacker who has snuck in could do the same, and gain direct access to everything from your Facebook account to your mortgage, investments, banking, and utilities.