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Meanance of Computer Virus
Let us view the menace of viruses in the light of the provisions of the IPC. The offence of deliberately and malafidely destroying or altering the data bases of alien computers may best be described as ‘mischief’ as defined in Sections 425 to 440 of the IPC. The essential ingredients for the offence of mischief being:
(1) wrongful loss or damage to the public or any person,
(2) intention to cause such damage or knowledge that such damage or loss might be caused.
(3) destruction of property or such alteration to such property as may render it useless or diminishes its value and/or utility amply cover and describes the commission of the offence of destruction of digital data
The law dealing with cyber crimes has now been codified in the IT Act, 2000, and Chapter XI deals with computer crimes and provides for punishments are given in the table below:
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