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Let’s talk about Section 3 of the super Computer Misuse Act of 1990, it’s the offence of messing with systems and systems data, and you can commit it just by being reckless.
If you do an unauthorised Act and know at the time you’re doing it’s unauthorised, you’re in trouble.

If you know is tested by evidence: so did you express knowledge it wasn’t authorised in a tweet, for example. Were there terms and conditions? Did you say you knew on TV, etc.
The next bit breaks down into two bits.

You can either be reckless as to whether your actions will complete the offence, or intend to do it.

The actions apply to any computer, program, or data.
The actions are:

Impairing operation of a computer.
Preventing or hindering access to programs or data.
Impairing a program or the reliability of its data.
Enabling any of these three things.

So creating DDoS and false petition entries, for example, are obviously included.
Where the offence talks about actions it includes causing an act to be done and a series of acts.

Also, where it talks about impairing, preventing or hindering something, this includes temporarily.

So there’s no real escape from this offence.
Finally, it’s an either way offence. So it can be dealt with by magistrates (12 months in prison max) or by Crown Court trial (10 years in prison).
In the eyes of the law this offence is sufficiently serious to warrant a lengthy prison sentence.

With computer misuse having the capacity to affect every aspect of our economy, personal lives, and democracy, this is an important remedy to be aware of and a deterrent to all.
Hope you found this explainer useful. Have a good day.
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