Computer Misuse Act

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Computer Misuse Act

  1. 1. Computer Misuse Act ICT GCSE
  2. 2. The Computer Misuse Act <ul><li>Originally introduced in 1990 </li></ul><ul><li>Prior to 1990, there was no legislation in place to tackle the problems caused by hacking. </li></ul><ul><li>Although everyone knew that it was wrong and should be against the law, there was nothing that anyone could do about it. </li></ul>
  3. 3. Offence 1 <ul><li>Unauthorised access to computer material </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Lowest level of offence </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Have you ever logged into someone else's account without their permission? If so you are guilty of this offence, even if you didn't make any changes </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>This offence carries the risk of a six month jail sentence </li></ul></ul>
  4. 4. Offence 2 <ul><li>Unauthorised access with intent to commit or facilitate a crime </li></ul><ul><ul><li>The difference between this and the first offence is that the person gaining access to someone else’s system is doing so with the sole purpose of doing something illegal. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>This might mean that they had to guess or steal the password in order to get into someone's user area or their bank account. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>They might want to steal some company secrets or they might want to transfer some money out of your bank account into their own. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Anyone caught doing this risks up to a five year prison sentence and/or a hefty fine. </li></ul></ul>
  5. 5. Offence 3 <ul><li>Unauthorised modification of computer material </li></ul><ul><ul><li>This offence relates to the deletion or changes made to files with the intent to cause damage to an individual or company. The difference is 'the intent to cause damage'. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>This offence also covers purposely introducing viruses to other peoples' systems. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Writing a virus technically isn't a crime; but if you knowingly transmit a virus to others, you are guilty under this section of the Computer Misuse Act. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>This offence carries a penalty of up to </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>five years in prison and/or a fine. </li></ul></ul>

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