Here is a fascinating account of a cyberstalking incident:

Linkin Park's Mysterious Cyberstalker

"I don't go out and pick fights," he said. "But when you find out some total stranger has personal pictures of your kids in the bath, has phone numbers of your parents and close friends and every business associate, listens to every voicemail you've had for the last year, intercepts every email you've written or received ... it fuels my desire to make sure this kind of action is viewed as criminal."

The scary part is that it could have been much worse. Townsend might have emptied their bank accounts, disseminated their Social Security numbers, or exploited the information to harm their children.
There are lessons to be learnt by us all here - it all started with the use of an easily guessed password in an online account