Tickets: Fraud

Home Office written question – answered on 16th December 2014.

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Photo of Sharon Hodgson Sharon Hodgson Shadow Minister (Equalities)

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what progress she has made on reviewing the applicability of the Computer Misuse Act 1990 to the use or commissioning of botnets in respect to the purchasing of event tickets.

Photo of Karen Bradley Karen Bradley The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for the Home Department

Section 3A of the Computer Misuse Act 1990 makes it an offence to supply

or obtain articles for use in offences under section 1 (unauthorised access

to computer material) or section 3 (unauthorised actions with intent to impair,

or with recklessness as to impairing, operation of computer etc.). For the

purposes of section 3A an article or tool could include a ‘botnet’. We keep

the Computer Misuse Act 1990 under constant review.

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