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Many hackers attempt to gain unauthorised access to a computer system simply to demonstrate that they are clever enough to do this.

Others may have more sinister intentions such as :

  • Stealing confidential data which might be useful to a rival company.
  • Changing information stored on a computer system to benefit the hacker.
  • Destroying data stored in a computer system

Making hacking illegal will not stop people from doing it.
Therefore sensible companies do not rely on this Act to stop people misusing their computer systems. They incorporate appropriate security measures into their computer systems and keep regular backups.

Most companies will also include a clause relating to the unauthorised use of computer systems in an employee's contract of employment. Any unauthorised use of a computer by an employee would probably lead to dismissal(sacking).

The terms of the Act make it illegal to gain or to attempt to gain unauthorised access to a computer system.