How do you hack an account? You need the account name and password. Those can be acquired by various illegal methods (phishing, trojans), but you can efficiently protect yourself if you follow a few basic rules: NEVER EVER accept any tools/files from ANYBODY unless you're 100% sure that the file is not infected and unless you scanned it with a virus scanner first. Best would be to not accept any executable files from other people at all. NEVER EVER open/double-click/install any programs of unknown origin on your computer. Don't accept software sent to you by e-mail or ICQ or other communication method. Don't use software you downloaded from peer-to-peer networks (they often contain trojans). Only use software you downloaded from the vendor's official homepage, and even then you should be careful. NEVER EVER give your account name or password to anybody, even if they claim to be EA employees. Delete and DO NOT ANSWER messages of unknown origin, especially in chat tools like ICQ. Do not open any e-mails of unknown origin that contain attachments. Make sure your computer always has the latest security patches installed. A router with packet filter or firewall is recommended. Additionally, you can use a personal firewall on your computer to block any packet that is being sent to the internet without your admission. If you have been hacked, you violated at least one of the rules above.