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Affecting U.S. Government Computers

The law forbids any unauthorized access of computers belonging to, or used by, a department or agency of the U.S. Government if the access merely “affects” their usage. As with the prohibition on gaining unauthorized information, the law is generally written in broad language to encompass the widest range of possible offenses. Minimum penalties may include fines, imprisonment for up to one year, or both.

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