It has come to light that one in eight Brit's, have hacked into a friend or partners online accounts, according to a report published today.

Nearly one-third of "casual hackers" said they did it "for fun", a similar number admitted they were snooping on a partner. A further 8% confirmed that they accessed emails and well as other accounts to keep tabs on work colleagues, while a shocking 2% said they accessed information for financial gain.

Most common among the information accessed were personal emails, money-transaction portals and online banking. Around 16 per cent of the 2,000+ people surveyed, said someone had accessed their accounts online without permission, with around one in 10 claiming to have had money or a loan taken out in their name.

Graham Cluley, an online specialist with IT firm Sophos, said: "If you have permission, it is not illegal. However, if you access someone's accounts without permission, that would be a crime under the Computer Misuse Act. And, according to the law, reading someone's emails is worse than reading their diary."

He said: "When people sign up to things online, they do so using their email. Usually, any login details and password reminders are sent there so, once someone gets in to your email, they can potentially get into just about everything else."

The firm said that people worried about online security should also only join trusted Wi-Fi networks.

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