What is the penalty for spreading computer viruses?
2 years in prison and £5000 fine
Viruses are programs that attach themselves to a computer or a file and then circulate themselves to other files and to other computers on a network. They usually affect the data on a computer, either by altering or deleting it. Worms, unlike viruses don not need the host to attach themselves to. A computer virus can corrupt a host computer by spreading malware. A virus can corrupt data and impede your computer system's performance.
Computer viruses are called "viruses" after the biological type of virus because of a few similarities: Computer viruses are self-spreading and reproductive spread to other computers (through internet, email, CDs, usb keys) damage the host computer and can be prevented by "vaccination" or telling anti-virus software to block all flagged software However it is vital to realize that computer 'viruses' are malicious scripts invented by people, while biological viruses are proteinaceous particles which are often…
Although anti-virus programs try to keep an updated list of all computer viruses in existence, they obviously can't be 100% successful at that. Because of this, newer viruses that may have not been added to the definitions list of anti-virus programs are better at spreading across computer systems. Older viruses are much more likely to be detected, since anti-virus companies have had time to detect them and add them to their definitions list.
The effects of intentionally spreading (or "setting") computer viruses include financial losses associated with the cost of removing the virus(es) from infected computers, time lost actually removing the virus(es), and once the perpetrator has been identified, a warrant being issued for the arrest of the person who initiated the computer virus(es). Intentionally spreading computer viruses is a criminal act, punishable by imprisonment, fine, or both, usually depending on where the perpetrator lives and/or where the…
Viruses will access your system if your computer is not protected with internet security software's or out of date. Downloading files will cause viruses to access your computer. Most viruses will settle itself into a folder and will allow other viruses to access the computer. This will cause flooding and will slow down the computer and also damage the O/S.
A computer virus is like a real virus in that both are infectious. Real viruses can travel from person to person, and computer viruses can travel from computer to computer. And of course, both computer viruses and real viruses have harmful effects on the organisms or computers which become infected by them.
You should scan for computer viruses because they can be harmful to your computer and your own personal information that you have stored on your PC. The most common viruses known as Trojans and worms can steal confidential information from your computer. You can get viruses only by clicking in on a website, and you should therefore be careful with trusting unknown websites and you should scan your computer for viruses often.