Computer Misuse Act 1990 Analysis

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Computer Misuse Act 1990 The Computer Misuse Act 1990 provides several offences involving the use of computers. In 2006 the Act was amended by sections 35-38 of the Police and Justice Act 2006. Discuss the offences under the Computer Misuse Act 1990 and the 2006 amendments. Your discussion must include critical assessment of the Act in light of new computer technologies and the realities of computer crime investigative methodologies. INTRODUCTION We all know that hacking has been all over the place, practically it’s been going as long as the Internet has been alive. As we are all aware that selected amount of people just love to try and break into a computer system. But of course it’s not right for people to be hacking other people’s personal…show more content…
Unauthorised access to computer material, punishable by up to 2 years in prison or a fine or both. • Section 36. Unauthorised acts with intent to impair operation of computer, etc. punishable by up to 10 years in prison or a fine or both. • Section 37. Making, supplying or obtaining articles for use in computer misuse offences, punishable by up to 2 years in prison or a fine or both. • Section 38. Transitional and saving provision. The Computer Misuse Act 1990 was intended to protect computer users against some stubborn attacks and theft of information. There are plenty of offences under the act include the main one which is hacking, unauthorised access to computer systems and purposefully spreading malicious and harmful software (malware), such as viruses The first and lowest offence is unauthorised access to computer (section 35) which is also known to be the lowest of all offences, even so anybody that gets charged with this could end up in a prison for maximum of 6 month sentencing or get a hefty fine. It’s really simple to commit this crime, it happens daily as we speak. To get charged for this offence, Have you ever guessed or used someone else’s ' password to log onto their user area which involves anything such as their accounts, system, files, emails and so on? If you have done this then you are guilty of charge. Things started changing back in 2006, the Police and Justice Act introduced the amendments to the Computer Misuse Act 1990 by the Police and Justice Act 2006 and this offence was one of them. The punishment was increased by up to 12 months or 2 years in prison, fine of £5,000 or

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