How do you prove someone is hacking into your computer, either legally or illegally?

Asked over 4 years ago - Spokane, WA

It is my belief that my internet use is being hacked by people in the community, and possibly even some law enforcement, for purposes such as taking advantage of me, and/or causing me and/or my family emotional distress. What should I do?

Additional information

In addition, the apartment that I have been renting has been broken into several times by someone with a key. Some of my documents have been stolen from my apartment, and I think that is illegal. I also believe that my storage unit that I am renting with my personal belongings, and mothers estate items has been entered into without my permission. My mother recently passed away this year, and I was forced to bring her items to Spokane, (in above mentioned situation) in order receive any help at all. I am on SSDI.

Attorney answers (3)

  1. Glenn E. Tanner

    Contributor Level 14

    Answered . A computer forensic expert could potentially tell what has happened. They are expensive. You might be safest to stop using the internet.

  2. Pamela Koslyn

    Contributor Level 20

    Answered . Your query is vague about how you've been harmed, but if you're sure that your possessions have been stolen, report it to the police, and if your identity and confidential information has been misused, check your credit report at www.annualcreditreport.com. and if necessary, put a freeze on your credit. Take immediate steps to prevent any cyber or physical intrusion.

    Whether you've been harmed yet or not, it wouldn't hurt to install a firewall, anti-virus protection, and malware and bot removers, such as spybot (which is free) on your computer.

    For your apartment, change the locks. Same for your storage unit.

    Disclaimer: I'm not licensed in WA. Please note that this answer does not constitute legal advice, and should not be relied on, since each state has different laws, each situation is fact specific, and it is impossible to evaluate a legal problem without a comprehensive consultation and review of all the facts and documents at issue. This answer does not create an attorney-client relationship.




    Disclaimer: Please note that this answer does not constitute legal advice, and should not be relied on, since each state has different laws, each situation is fact specific, and it is impossible to evaluate a legal problem without a comprehensive consultation and review of all the facts and documents at issue. This answer does not create an attorney-client relationship.

  3. Mitchell Paul Goldstein

    Contributor Level 20

    Answered . Good security and firewall will stop all but the best of hackers from using your network. Stopping use of the Internet is the only way to completely stop it.

    If you want to show someone is hacking in, you need a computer forensics expert. You may be able to have the Service Provider review your login information, but that is limited.

    [This communication is intended as general information and not specific legal advice, and this communication does not create an attorney-client relationship.]

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