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Crime laws, continued...

b.  In this scenario, (I) the person causing the transmission does not intend the damage but operates with reckless disregard of the risk that the transmission will cause damage to the computer  owners or operators, and causes $1000 or more in loss or damage, or modifies or impairs, or potentially modifies or impairs, a medical treatment or examination.

This means that even if you can prove you harmed the computer by accident, you still may go to prison.

Penalty for acting with reckless disregard:  Fine and/or up to 1 year in prison.

6.  Furthering a fraud by trafficking in passwords or similar information which will allow a computer to be accessed without authorization, if the trafficking affects interstate or foreign commerce or if the computer affected is used by or for the government.  (The offense must be committed knowingly and with intent to defraud.)

A common way to break this part of the law comes from the desire to boast. When one hacker finds a way to slip into another person’s computer, it can be really tempting to give out a password to someone else. Pretty soon dozens of clueless newbies are carelessly messing around the victim computer. They also boast. Before you know it you are in deep crud.

Penalty:  Fine and/or up to 1 year in prison, up to 10 years if repeat offense.

Re:  #4   Section 1030 defines a federal interest computer as follows:

1.  A computer that is exclusively for use of a financial institution[defined below] or the U.S. government or, if it is not exclusive, one used for a financial institution or the U.S. government where the offense adversely affects the use of the financial institution’s or government’s operation of the computer; or

2.  A computer that is one of two or more computers used to commit the offense, not all of which are located in the same state.

This section defines a financial institution as follows:

1.  An institution with deposits insured by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation(FDIC).

2.  The Federal Reserve or a member of the Federal Reserve, including any Federal Reserve Bank.

3.  A credit union with accounts insured by the National Credit Union Administration.

4.  A member of the federal home loan bank system and any home loan bank.

5.  Any institution of the Farm Credit system under the Farm Credit Act of 1971.

6.  A broker-dealer registered with the Securities and Exchange Commission(SEC) within the rules of section 15 of the SEC Act of 1934.

7.  The Securities Investors Protection Corporation.

8.  A branch or agency of a foreign bank (as defined in the International Banking Act of 1978).

9.  An organization operating under section 25 or 25(a) of the Federal Reserve Act.

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