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I have several unused email accounts that I had created long ago. I forgot their passwords, so I wanted to close them. They were gmail accounts. And Google doesn't delete accounts because of inactivity. So they are there, idle, and I can't access them. Also, 2 step verification was on.

What can a hacker possibly do in all of the worst scenarios to harm me by hacking into my never used accounts? For example, if someone hacks into my email account, then posts some terror content online, or say child porn content online, will I get into trouble since the account is in my name (my real name) and I also provided my birth date and phone number while creating the account. I am worried that in such a scenario, the police can trace me by using:

  1. The phone number associated with the email account

  2. The place where the email account was created (my residence).

  3. Anything else, Who knows?

Can I theoretically be in trouble like this?

PS: Note that I am not asking about whether I will be punished or not legally. I am asking about the "technical" feasibility to associate me as a real person with the activities of an email account that was created from my residence using my name, birth date and phone number, but was misused by a hacker to post illegal things using a VPN (that hides their IP address). So nobody could determine which IP address and location posted illegal things; all they can know is that from where the email was created (i.e. my residence). Will they come to my residence?

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  • @AndrewRozarrio I see now, I misinterpreted your question. But I still don't see why you can't recover your account. When you attempt to reset your password using forgot my password, google will send a code to your phone and, unless you no longer own the phone number, you should be able to reset the password. – nobody 2 days ago
  • @nobody 2 step verification was on. Resetting password requires 2 verifications. One using the password and other using the phone number. It was like catch 22. Unless I added other security info, I required my password to reset the password as 2 step verification was on. – Andrew Rozario 2 days ago
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    It's not clear what you are asking. First you ask if you will get into trouble, then you said you are not asking about whether you will be punished or not. So you are only asking if the police might ever knock at your door? Yes, they might. But you won't go to jail without further investigation and proof. – reed 2 days ago
  • This isn't security related. It may be a better fit at Law SE – vidarlo 2 days ago
  • You ask "Can I theoretically be in trouble like this?" and then "Will they come to my residence?" and those are legal questions. If being in trouble is not a factor, then the fact of the account being taken over or what they did with the account is irrelevant. If that's what you are asking, then your question gets really short and really simple: "can Google associate my account with me personally?" – schroeder 2 days ago

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