Computer Misuse Act
Computer Misuse Act 1990
The Computer Misuse Act was put in place in response to R v Gold & Schifreen which had gained unathorized access to BT's Prestel interactive viewdata service.
- unauthorised access to computer material, punishable by 6 months' imprisonment or a fine "not exceeding level 5 on the standard scale" (currently £5000);
- unauthorised access with intent to commit or facilitate commission of further offences, punishable by 6 months/maximum fine on summary conviction or 5 years/fine on indictment;
- unauthorised modification of computer material, subject to the same sentences as section 2 offences.
Hacking is gaining unauthorized access to the data in a computer system
Computer Misuse Act (1990)