The Computer Misuse Act 1990 was passed to deal with a number of misuses as the use of computers became widespread.
The Act makes it an offence to:
- Deliberately plant or transfer viruses to a computer system to cause damage to programs and data.
- Use an organisation's computer to carry out unauthorised work
- Hack into someone else's computer system with a view to seeing the information or altering it.
- Use computers to commit various frauds.
Problems with Prosecution:
In order to prosecute someone under the Computer Misuse Act 1990 the police would need to prove that they did the misuse deliberately. In other words, the person committing the crime knew what they were doing and knew that it was wrong to do it.
Proving this is very difficult. For example, if you had a virus on your flash drive from home and took it into work and put it onto a computer and it transferred the a virus, this is an easy thing to do unknowingly. It would be difficult and almost impossible to prove whether or not this had been done deliberately.
Some organisations would not want others (especially…