The Computer Misuse ACT

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The Computer Misuse Act 1990 is an Act of the UK Parliament, introduced partly in response the decision in R v Gold & Schifreen (1988) 1 AC 1063 (see below). Critics of the bill complained that it was introduced hastily and was poorly thought out. Intention, they said, was often difficult to prove, and that the bill inadequately differentiated "joyriding" crackers like Gold and Schifreen from serious computer criminals. The Act has nonetheless become a model from which several other countries, including Canada and the Republic of Ireland, have drawn inspiration when subsequently drafting their own information security laws.


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 
    Hacking can cause disruption and cost businesses and individuals a lot of money to deal with
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 2. 
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 3. 
    Some companies employ hackers to test out how secure their system is
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 4. 
    A virus is a piece of software code
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 5. 
    Sending or distibuting viruses knowingly is against the law
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 6. 
    If you are caught hacking or distributing viruses you could go to prison
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 7. 
    It's ok to send harmless viruses that are just for a laugh
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 8. 
    The Computer Misuse Act also makes it illegal to copy software
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 9. 
    The Computer Misuse Act covers people using computers to commit fraud
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 10. 
    If convicted under the Computer Misuse Act, you could go to jail
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 11. 
    A person is guilty of an offence if the access he intends to secure is
  • 12. 
  • 13. 
    A person is guilty of an offence only if they have the required