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