A Woman Was Convicted Of 'Unauthorized Intrusion' For Snooping Through Her Cheating Husband's Emails

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She was found guilty even though he originally gave her his password.

A woman in Switzerland was recently convicted for something many suspicious wives and girlfriends do — snooping through her husband's emails. 

Telegraph reports that the woman, who was not named in local Swiss media articles, was charged with unauthorized intrusion after she logged into her husband's new email account. He had created it on the computer they shared. 

Her defense team argued that what the victim did couldn't be considered hacking because they couple shared many passwords. The court also heard that some of those passwords were written down on a notepad next to the computer. 

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"He had been in contact with several women for a long time," the woman told the court. "I confronted him with his affairs, and he moved out of our flat relatively quickly. My trust in him was gone. We did not talk to each other anymore."

The original charges were brought against the woman in February, and the conviction was upheld just recently. The prosecution said she intentionally and repeatedly invaded her husband's email account and downloaded material that wasn't hers. 

An external hard drive, a USB, and their computer were confiscated. 

Though her defense team argued that she didn't technically "hack" the account because she already knew the password, the prosecution said a search of the computer's history showed something more. 

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She had searched the internet before she checked the email to see whether or not it was a criminal offense to read the emails. That, the prosecution said, showed that the woman knew what she was doing. 

The court in Switzerland upheld their conviction that reading data that's password-protected without the account owner's permission is illegal. Though it's punishable with up to three years in prison, the woman will only have to pay a $4,000 fine because she only had to "exploit her husband's carelessness and exerted "minimal criminal energy."

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