Tag Archives: Computer Misuse Act

The Serious Crime Bill received Royal Assent on 3 March 2015. Now the Serious Crime Act 2015, it includes amendments to the Computer Misuse Act 1990 (“CMA”). As I reported in August 2014, the amendments are designed to address growing concerns that future cyber-attacks could have very serious consequences and ensure that the perpetrators can be prosecuted and appropriately punished. The amendments provide for the existence of a new offence in respect of unauthorised acts committed in relation to a computer which cause or create a risk of serious damage of a material kind. Damage of a material kind constitutes damage to human welfare or the environment in any place, or to the economy or national security of any country. Acts cause damage to human welfare only if they cause loss to human life; human illness or injury; disruption of a supply of money, food, water, energy or fuel; disruption … Continue Reading ››
With the awareness that future cyber-attacks could have very serious consequences, the Government has proposed amendments to the Computer Misuse Act 1990. In this post we look at the current offences under the Act as well as recent amendments proposed by the Serious Crime Bill. In August 2013, the outgoing US Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano gave a farewell speech in which she warned: “Our country will, at some point, face a major cyber event that will have a serious effect on our lives, our economy and the everyday functioning of our society.” Her message vocalised what governments, businesses and organisations around the world are well aware of: as we become increasingly reliant on technology, and as systems become even more interconnected and complex, the risk of a serious cyber-attack increases. And whilst we currently associate cyber-attacks with access to personal data and damage to commercial interests, in the future the … Continue Reading ››