Computer Misuse Act (1990)

The Computer Misuse Act enables people to be prosecuted if they commit one of the following offences:

1. Unauthorised access to computer material

2. Unauthorised access with intent to commit or facilitate a crime

3. Unauthorised modification of computer material.

This mainly relates to hacking and distributing viruses although other computer related crimes can be tried under this Act.

If you are found guilty of these offences you could face up to a five year prison sentence and a very hefty fine.

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