Hey rictheobscene....yes its true; emails does get hacked. But whenever this kind of situation happens you should take some steps to get out of this problem. Following are the steps:-
Step #1: Change your password Step #2: Reclaim your account Step #3: Enable two-factor authentication Step #4: Check your email settings Step #5: Scan your computer for malware Step #6: Find out what else has been compromised Step #7: Humbly beg for forgiveness from your friends Step #8: Prevent it from happening again
Picking a strong password is your best protection from this type of hacking. It also is prudent to use a different password for each site or account, or, at the very least, use a unique password for your email account, your bank account and any other sensitive accounts.