Section 477.3 Criminal Code Act | Unauthorised Impairment of Electronic Communication


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Section 477.3 of the Criminal Code Act 1995 (Cth) is Unauthorised Impairment of Electronic Communication and is extracted below.

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477.3 Unauthorised impairment of electronic communication

(1) A person is guilty of an offence if:

(a) the person causes any unauthorised impairment of electronic communication to or from a computer; and

(b) the person knows that the impairment is unauthorised; and

(c) one or both of the following applies:

(i) the electronic communication is sent to or from the computer by means of a carriage service;

(ii) the electronic communication is sent to or from a Commonwealth computer.

Penalty: 10 years imprisonment.

(2) Absolute liability applies to paragraph (1)(c).

(3) A conviction for an offence against this section is an alternative verdict to a charge for an offence against section 477.2 (unauthorised modification of data to cause impairment).