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609.891 UNAUTHORIZED COMPUTER ACCESS.
    Subdivision 1. Crime. A person is guilty of unauthorized computer access if the person
intentionally and without authorization attempts to or does penetrate a computer security system.
    Subd. 2. Felony. (a) A person who violates subdivision 1 in a manner that creates a grave
risk of causing the death of a person is guilty of a felony and may be sentenced to imprisonment
for not more than ten years or to payment of a fine of not more than $20,000, or both.
(b) A person who is convicted of a second or subsequent gross misdemeanor violation of
subdivision 1 is guilty of a felony and may be sentenced under paragraph (a).
    Subd. 3. Gross misdemeanor. (a) A person who violates subdivision 1 in a manner that
creates a risk to public health and safety is guilty of a gross misdemeanor and may be sentenced
to imprisonment for a term of not more than one year or to payment of a fine of not more than
$3,000, or both.
(b) A person who violates subdivision 1 in a manner that compromises the security of
data that are protected under section 609.52, subdivision 2, clause (8), or are not public data as
defined in section 13.02, subdivision 8a, is guilty of a gross misdemeanor and may be sentenced
under paragraph (a).
(c) A person who violates subdivision 1 and gains access to personal data is guilty of a gross
misdemeanor and may be sentenced under paragraph (a).
(d) A person who is convicted of a second or subsequent misdemeanor violation of
subdivision 1 within five years is guilty of a gross misdemeanor and may be sentenced under
paragraph (a).
    Subd. 4. Misdemeanor. A person who violates subdivision 1 is guilty of a misdemeanor and
may be sentenced to imprisonment for a term of not more than 90 days or to payment of a fine
of not more than $1,000, or both.
History: 1989 c 95 s 4; 1993 c 326 art 13 s 34; 2004 c 228 art 1 s 72; 2006 c 260 art 1 s 34,35