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Someone has hacked into a friend's online accounts and taken

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Someone has hacked into a friend's online accounts and taken years of previous conversations and information. Having all of their contacts as well, this mystery person is sending out sensitive information to several people. He has recently demanded money in exchange for keeping some delicate information go himself... Is this legal? How do we stop it?
Submitted: 7 months ago.
Category: Canada Law
Expert:  Legal Ease replied 7 months ago.
This is not legal. Hacking is illegal and so is extortion. The next step clearly is to call the police.They will likely charge this person with extortion and possibly charge relating to the hacking as well, depending on the facts. You say this is a mystery person. If you don't know the identity then provide the police will all this information including how this person is supposed to be paid. I hope that helps as a starting point.
Customer: replied 7 months ago.
"Mystery person" has been using an online service to send these messages to dozens of people, is it possible for the police to find out who it is?
Expert:  Legal Ease replied 7 months ago.
Yes they can do so if they are interested in doing so. They may not be but they should be pressured into investigating and pursuing this as it is very serious.

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