Section 477.2 of the Criminal Code Act 1995 (Cth) is Unauthorised Modification of Data to Cause Impairment and is extracted below.
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477.2 Unauthorised modification of data to cause impairment
(1) A person is guilty of an offence if:
(a) the person causes any unauthorised modification of data held in a computer; and
(b) the person knows the modification is unauthorised; and
(c) the person is reckless as to whether the modification impairs or will impair:
(i) access to that or any other data held in any computer; or
(ii) the reliability, security or operation, of any such data; and
(d) one or more of the following applies:
(i) the data that is modified is held in a Commonwealth computer;
(ii) the data that is modified is held on behalf of the Commonwealth in a computer;
(iii) the modification of the data is caused by means of a carriage service;
(iv) the modification of the data is caused by means of a Commonwealth computer;
(v) the modification of the data impairs access to, or the reliability, security or operation of, other data held in a Commonwealth computer;
(vi) the modification of the data impairs access to, or the reliability, security or operation of, other data held on behalf of the Commonwealth in a computer;
(vii) the modification of the data impairs access to, or the reliability, security or operation of, other data by means of a carriage service.
Penalty: 10 years imprisonment.
(2) Absolute liability applies to paragraph (1)(d).
(3) A person may be guilty of an offence against this section even if there is or will be no actual impairment to:
(a) access to data held in a computer; or
(b) the reliability, security or operation, of any such data.
(4) A conviction for an offence against this section is an alternative verdict to a charge for an offence against section 477.3 (unauthorised impairment of electronic communication).
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