This Day in History: August 29

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The British Computer Misuse Act Goes into Effect

August 29, 1990

The British Computer Misuse Act Goes into Effect

One of the earliest laws anywhere designed to address computer fraud, the Act resulted from a long debate in the 1980s over failed prosecutions of hackers -- in one well-publicized case, two men hacked into a British Telecom computer leaving messages in the Duke of Edinburgh's private mailbox.