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§73.7.  Computer tampering

A.  Computer tampering is the intentional commission of any of the actions enumerated in this Subsection when that action is taken knowingly and without the authorization of the owner of a computer:

(1)  Accessing or causing to be accessed a computer or any part of a computer or any program or data contained within a computer.

(2)  Copying or otherwise obtaining any program or data contained within a computer.

(3)  Damaging or destroying a computer, or altering, deleting, or removing any program or data contained within a computer, or eliminating or reducing the ability of the owner of the computer to access or utilize the computer or any program or data contained within the computer.

(4)  Introducing or attempting to introduce any electronic information of any kind and in any form into one or more computers, either directly or indirectly, and either simultaneously or sequentially,  with the intention of damaging or destroying a computer, or altering, deleting, or removing any program or data contained within a computer, or eliminating or reducing the ability of the owner of the computer to access or utilize the computer or any program or data contained within the computer.

B.  For purposes of this Section:

(1)  Actions which are taken without authorization include actions which intentionally exceed the limits of authorization.

(2)  If an owner of a computer has established a confidential or proprietary code which is required in order to access a computer, and that code has not been issued to a person, and that person uses that code to access that computer or to cause that computer to be accessed, that action creates a rebuttable presumption that the action was taken without authorization or intentionally exceeded the limits of authorization.

(3)  The vital services or operations of the state, or of any parish, municipality, or other local governing authority, or of any utility company are the services or operations which are necessary to protect the public health, safety, and welfare, and include but are not limited to: law enforcement; fire protection; emergency services; health care; transportation; communications; drainage; sewerage; and utilities, including water, electricity, and natural gas and other forms of energy.

C.  Whoever commits the crime of computer tampering as defined in Paragraphs (A)(1) and (2) of this Section shall be fined not more than five hundred dollars or imprisoned for not more that six months, or both.

D.  Whoever commits the crime of computer tampering as defined in Paragraphs (A)(3) and (4) of this Section shall be fined not more than ten thousand dollars or imprisoned, with or without hard labor, for not more that five years, or both.

E.  Whoever violates the crime of computer tampering as defined in Paragraphs (A)(3) and (4) of this Section with the intention of disrupting the vital services or operations of the state, or of any parish, municipality, or other local governing authority, or of any utility company, or with the intention of causing death or great bodily harm to one or more persons, shall be fined not more than ten thousand dollars or imprisoned at hard labor for not more that fifteen years, or both.

Acts 2001, No. 829, §1.



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