If you are able to hack someone’s personal email id then you will be able to control their online activity and as per the research it has been confirmed that it is very easy to do and without any fear. Below find out the interesting example that will help you to understand how hackers can steal your email account and how they can easily control your online life.
As per the Lucas Lundgren (computer security firm IOActive) study shows that all you need to do is to just crack into someone private email and this is the good understanding of how websites handle password-reset requests and to have patience and find through a target’s online life to dig a few personal information that would be the key to hack one’s email account. An anyone who receive email or bank statement in their email then it becomes even more easy, just imagine how terrifying such as prospect is.
Lundgren has conducted one activity for his research. He has started his research by hacking his friend’s Gmail account and he has first tried the request for forgot password of the account. This step led him to know that his friend holds another hotmail account, but he do not know the exact address. So, the next step Lundgren has started to dig out his friends Facebook account and after doing some research, he made a Fake account with the name that he figured out was a good friend of the target. Now, he sent the friend request to the target with fake account and after the target accept his friend request, Lundgren now had the exact hotmail address of the target.
Now in order to reset the password for the hotmail account, he dig the more information of the target’s facebook page to answer the security question (father’s maiden name) which is the very simple answer he know and finally he got the access of Hotmail account of the target.
Next to hack target Gmail account, he simply requests the reset the Gmail Account password and Gmail has sent the required email to the hotmail account which Lundgren had just hacked. And similar to that he had easily hacked the Gmail account of his friend.
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He was also able to hack his friends facebook account in the same manner, Lundgren now has the power to control the target online life and had other various account and password of various sites through the information found in the Gmail.
Although, Gmail provide Two-step Verification option that allow users to use a mobile app to get one-time password that is required to enter in addition to standard password. However, this is optional that many users do not use it. Beside this many websites even do not offer two-step verification option.
Since, it is very easy and anybody can hack anyone’s online account and that too without any fear. In this regard, Lundgren advised that people should restrict the information particularly sensitive information they share online, particularly on Facebook. In addition he also added that user should not keep any personal or sensitive information on their email id, they should print out the copy of bank statement, credit card bills and save them as hard copy and delete them from online.
It because, you don’t know when someone can easily hack your account.