Computer Hacking Laws Under The Mexican Federal Penal Code

Mexico is one of the 21 members of the Asian-Pacific Economic Cooperation Group (APEC). The APEC E-security Task Group met in July 2003, aiming to develop a comprehensive legal framework against cyber-crime and establish enforcement units able to prosecute those crimes. Delegates of the country members agreed to develop domestic laws that penalize conducts such as unauthorized access and damage to computer systems. Delegates also agreed to develop laws that allow the collection of electronic evidence and promote cooperation among the APEC members against cyber-crimes. Mexico, as member of APEC, has committed to the development of cyber-crime laws as well. Yet, a great step ahead had been taken by the Mexican Government in 1999 when it modified the Penal Code as to include a group of crimes: Illicit Access to Technology Systems and Equipment. Following is a brief description of this new group of crimes under the Mexican legislation, and commonly known as computer hacking.

The following questions have been addressed in this article:

How does the amendment to the Mexican Penal Code protect the information contained in technology systems?
Does the Amendment to the Penal Code cover crimes against information stored by financial institutions?
What constitutes aggravated circumstances under the terms of this amendment?

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