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Reasons for the act being introduced
· As computer use grew, so did computer fraud, which
created new problems like how to deal with deliberate
access or damage to data
· Hacking (breaking into someone else's computer
without permission) is done for fun, to steal data or
to damage a system
· Prosecuting hackers was difficult as existing laws
covering theft didn't cover hacking…read more

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Level 1- unauthorised access to computer
· E.g. hacking or piracy
· Viewing data you are not legally permitted to see or
illegally copying programs
· Maximum penalty- 6 months in jail or £5000 fine or
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Level 2- unauthorised access with intent
to cause further damage
· E.g. Fraud or blackmail
· Gaining access with intent of committing a more
serious crime
· Maximum penalty is 5 years in jail and a fine…read more

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Level 3- unauthorised changing or
deleting of files
· E.g. Planting a virus
· Modifying or deleting any content on a computer with
intent to cause damage to programs or data
(deliberately introducing a virus)
· Maximum 5 years in jail and a fine…read more

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In order to prosecute it has to be proved
· They intended to gain access to data or programs
· Didn't have authorisation to do so
· Knew and understood that they didn't have
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