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Man charged for reading colleague's emails

A SHANGHAI man is charged with breaching other people's mail rights for stealing a former colleague's email account and reading and keeping more than 1,000 emails over six years.

A vice chief general manager surnamed Ma learned last July that the company's crucial business information was for sale, today's Oriental Morning Post reported.

He tried to contact the seller and managed to buy the information for 2,000 yuan (US$294).

Since the information was contained in emails to the company's outsourcing manager surnamed Wang, he believed Wang had his email details stolen and reported the matter to police, the report said.

Police then caught Wang's former colleague surnamed Zhu.

Zhu told police he decided to milk Wang's important business knowledge after happening to learn the password to his email account.

Between 2003 and 2009, he logged onto to Wang's account and read more than 1,000 mails and kept them in his own computer. To fool Wang, Zhu marked each email as unread after reading them.


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