is sending a virus illegal?

  agent 47 09:45 05 Dec 05
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can someone please tell me if it is illegal!
to send someone a virus?

i was just wandering!
cos someone keeps sending a virus through email to my father!

  Chegs ®™ 09:49 05 Dec 05

No,if it was then millions would be locked up.The creation of a malicious code is illegal though.

  Skyver 09:51 05 Dec 05

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  jbaker65 09:55 05 Dec 05

It should be and the penalty should be DEATH.

  agent 47 11:09 05 Dec 05

why do they send viruses?
what is their aim?
surely they dont get any benefit from it?

thanks agent47!

  De Marcus™ 11:11 05 Dec 05

notoriety amongst spotty faced peers.

  De Marcus™ 11:11 05 Dec 05

notoriety amongst spotty faced peers.

  Chegs ®™ 11:21 05 Dec 05

why do they send viruses?


Often,the user of an infected machine knows nothing about the goings-on "behind the scenes" on their machine.

what is their aim?


To enable the infected machine to act as a "zombie" forwarding everything from spam to credit card details.

surely they dont get any benefit from it?


In the case of identity thefts/credit details,obvious benefit to a theif.Other reasons are as stated by De Marcus™ A bit more "cred" amongst the hacker communities.

  DieSse 11:35 05 Dec 05

If it's deliberate - then it probably is illegal, as it could be construed as an attempt to cause damage.

Most viruses are sent out accidentally, with the sender not knowing that they've got a virus themselves,

  DieSse 11:35 05 Dec 05

If it's deliberate - then it probably is illegal, as it could be construed as an attempt to cause damage.

Most viruses are sent out accidentally, with the sender not knowing that they've got a virus themselves,

  Chegs ®™ 11:38 05 Dec 05

Legality
Accessing privately owned computer resources without the owner's permission counts as illegal under computer crime statutes in most nations. Deliberate spreading of computer viruses is also illegal in the United States and elsewhere. Thus, some of spammers' most common behaviors are criminal quite independently of the legal status of spamming per se. Even before the advent of laws specifically banning or regulating spamming, spammers have been successfully prosecuted under computer fraud and abuse laws for wrongfully using others' computers.

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