In a world increasingly dependent upon sensitive data committed to the World Wide Web, the volume of cyber-crime, more colloquially known as hacking, will, inevitably, continue to spiral.
A prime example is that which occurred in May 2017 when medical records held by the NHS were accessed by offenders who demanded a substantial ransom.
The Law | Kangs Cybercrime Defence Solicitors
Whilst, ‘hacking’ is, as stated above, the colloquial description, the word does not appear in legislation.
The Computer Misuse Act 1990 provides:
Section 1 Unauthorised access to computer material.
- A person is guilty of an offence if:
- he causes a computer to perform any function with intent to secure access to any program or data held in any computer [or to enable any such access to be secured]
- the access he intends to secure [or to enable to be secured] is unauthorised; and
- he knows at the time when he causes the computer to perform the function that that is the case
Sentencing Available To The Courts:
Under Section 1 (3):
- A Magistrates’ Court may impose a term of imprisonment not exceeding twelve months, a fine not exceeding the statutory maximum, or both.
- A Crown Court may impose a term of imprisonment not exceeding two years, a fine or both.
How Can We Help? | Kangs Internet Crime Defence Solicitors
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