Definition Edit

Arson is the crime of maliciously, voluntarily, and willfully setting fire to the building, buildings, or other property of another or of burning one's own property for an improper reason.

Overview Edit

"In relation to computers, it is clear that the computer itself may be damaged as a result of an electrical fire set intentionally. In addition, stored computer tapes or programs may be burned for unlawful purposes, such as covering up the evidence of a crime or industrial or military sabotage. The use of the arson statute, alone or in conjunction with other State statutes, could prove very effective in prosecuting attacks on computers where it can be proven that damage occurred as the result of a malicious burning."[1]

References Edit

  1. Computer Crime: Legislative Resource Manual, at 1.