reply to WHT
Re: lot of data You misquoted me. Anyway, the second alleged thief in this situation is more than a thief, given the cracking/breaking into the computer that was involved. Taking something that you do not have a right or permission to is theft, regardless of intentions.
said by WHT:I'm curious if you'd maintain that position if someone cracked your computer and "copied" all of your financial, medical, family, and personal information and then distributed it to everyone on the planet.
Anyway...If the data is still in possession of the original party, then there is no theft.
said by WHT:At least. And that's still a felony.
It may play out as an unauthorized access to a computer network - where a computer would still be considered part of a literal, but not physical, network