Computer Misuse Act 1990
Section 2 of the Act creates the second hacking offense: unauthorized access with intent to commit or facilitate the commission of further offenses. It does not matter if the further offense is committed at the time of the hack or on a later occasion. The maximum penalty under Section 2 is five years imprisonment.
Section 3 of the Act provides that an offense will be committed by a person who, acting with intent, causes an unauthorized modification of the contents of any computer. The term modification is defined in Section 17 to include the addition of data or its alteration or erasure. A modification will be regarded as unauthorized if the person causing it is not authorized so to act or does not possess the consent of a person who is so entitled.
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