To deal with crimes such as hacking, computer fraud and viruses, legislation was passed 1990 called 'The Computer Misuse Act'.
Under this law, the following offences could be dealt with:
1. Hacking - unauthorised access to any program or data held in a computer. Penalty is a maximum fine of £2000 and a six month prison sentence.
2. Computer fraud and blackmail. Penalty is an unlimited fine and a maximum five year prison sentence.
3. Viruses - unauthorised modification of the contents of a computer, impairing the operation of any program or reliability of data. Penalty is an unlimited fine and a maximum five year prison sentence.
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