63 percent of British workers do not realize that unauthorized access to an email account without the owner’s permission is a criminal offense, according to a new study from Centrify, a leading provider of cloud-ready Zero Trust Privilege to secure modern enterprises.
This news comes just a few months prior to the 30-year anniversary of the Computer Misuse Act – a piece of law that deals with the crime of accessing or modifying data stored on a computer without authorization to do so. As it stands, the lowest level of penalty, if you are found guilty of gaining access to a computer without permission, is up to two years in prison and a £5,000 fine.
The survey of 2,000 fulltime UK workers in professional services, conducted by independent survey company Censuswide, also found that one in 20 workers have admitted to logging into their friend’s Facebook without permission. A further one in 25 admits to having hacked-in to a colleague’s email account without permission.