Computer Misuse Act

Aimed at reducing hacking and the threat from viruses, there are 3 main offences covered by the Act:
  1. Unauthorised access to computer material (hacking). This includes copying software illegally (called software piracy).
  2. Gaining unauthorised access to a computer to carry out serious crimes like fraud or blackmail.
  3. Unauthorised changing of computer files, including planting viruses and deleting files.

Conviction for any of the above can lead to an unlimited fine or five years in prison.

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