Experts Comments On The Research: Brits Don’t Realize Hacking Is A Criminal Offence

63 percent of British workers do not realize that unauthorized access to an email account without the owner’s permission is a criminal offense, according to a new study from Centrify, a leading provider of cloud-ready Zero Trust Privilege to secure modern enterprises.

This news comes just a few months prior to the 30-year anniversary of the Computer Misuse Act – a piece of law that deals with the crime of accessing or modifying data stored on a computer without authorization to do so. As it stands, the lowest level of penalty, if you are found guilty of gaining access to a computer without permission, is up to two years in prison and a £5,000 fine.

The survey of 2,000 fulltime UK workers in professional services, conducted by independent survey company Censuswide, also found that one in 20 workers have admitted to logging into their friend’s Facebook without permission. A further one in 25 admits to having hacked-in to a colleague’s email account without permission.


EXPERTS COMMENTS
Donal Blaney, Cyber Law Specialist ,  Griffin Law
November 04, 2019
Business owners and managers need to get their acts together.
Business owners and managers need to get their acts together. Ignorance of the law is no defence. Their systems are vulnerable to attack and if employees do things in the name of their bosses, that opens businesses and their owners or directors up to substantial liabilities. It’s time to wake up before it’s too late. ....
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Andy Heather, VP,  Centrify
November 04, 2019
The Computer Misuse Act does not discriminate between hackers with malicious intent and employees who do not know the law.
Cyber attacks can have a devastating impact on a company or individual and it is important that workers understand how seriously instances of unauthorized access to someone else’s computer will be taken. The Computer Misuse Act does not discriminate between hackers with malicious intent and employees who do not know the law. Would the one in every 20 employees who have admitted to hacking do ....
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