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Texas Laws | Penal Code
PENAL CODE
TITLE 7. OFFENSES AGAINST PROPERTY

(c) An offense under this section is a Class B misdemeanor. (3397)

(d) If conduct that constitutes an offense under this section also constitutes an offense under any other law, the actor may be prosecuted under this section or the other law. (3398)

Added by Acts 2011, 82nd Leg., R.S., Ch. 386 (S.B. 431), Sec. 1, eff. September 1, 2011. (3399)

Amended by: (3400)

Acts 2013, 83rd Leg., R.S., Ch. 1217 (S.B. 1536), Sec. 3.19, eff. September 1, 2013. (3401)

Acts 2015, 84th Leg., R.S., Ch. 6 (S.B. 835), Sec. 1, eff. September 1, 2015. (3402)

CHAPTER 33. COMPUTER CRIMES (3403)(Text)

Sec. 33.01. DEFINITIONS. (3404)(Text)

In this chapter: (3405)

(1) "Access" means to approach, instruct, communicate with, store data in, retrieve or intercept data from, alter data or computer software in, or otherwise make use of any resource of a computer, computer network, computer program, or computer system. (3406)

(2) "Aggregate amount" means the amount of: (3407)

(A) any direct or indirect loss incurred by a victim, including the value of money, property, or service stolen, appropriated, or rendered unrecoverable by the offense; or (3408)

(B) any expenditure required by the victim to: (3409)

(i) determine whether data or a computer, computer network, computer program, or computer system was altered, acquired, appropriated, damaged, deleted, or disrupted by the offense; or (3410)

(ii) attempt to restore, recover, or replace any data altered, acquired, appropriated, damaged, deleted, or disrupted. (3411)

Text of subdivision effective until January 01, 2019 (3412)

(3) "Communications common carrier" means a person who owns or operates a telephone system in this state that includes equipment or facilities for the conveyance, transmission, or reception of communications and who receives compensation from persons who use that system. (3413)

Text of subdivision effective on January 01, 2019 (3414)

(3) "Communication common carrier" means a person who owns or operates a telephone system in this state that includes equipment or facilities for the conveyance, transmission, or reception of communications and who receives compensation from persons who use that system. (3415)

(4) "Computer" means an electronic, magnetic, optical, electrochemical, or other high-speed data processing device that performs logical, arithmetic, or memory functions by the manipulations of electronic or magnetic impulses and includes all input, output, processing, storage, or communication facilities that are connected or related to the device. (3416)

(5) "Computer network" means the interconnection of two or more computers or computer systems by satellite, microwave, line, or other communication medium with the capability to transmit information among the computers. (3417)

(6) "Computer program" means an ordered set of data representing coded instructions or statements that when executed by a computer cause the computer to process data or perform specific functions. (3418)

(7) "Computer services" means the product of the use of a computer, the information stored in the computer, or the personnel supporting the computer, including computer time, data processing, and storage functions. (3419)

(8) "Computer system" means any combination of a computer or computer network with the documentation, computer software, or physical facilities supporting the computer or computer network. (3420)

(9) "Computer software" means a set of computer programs, procedures, and associated documentation related to the operation of a computer, computer system, or computer network. (3421)

(10) "Computer virus" means an unwanted computer program or other set of instructions inserted into a computer's memory, operating system, or program that is specifically constructed with the ability to replicate itself or to affect the other programs or files in the computer by attaching a copy of the unwanted program or other set of instructions to one or more computer programs or files. (3422)

(10-a) "Critical infrastructure facility" means: (3423)

(A) a chemical manufacturing facility; (3424)

(B) a refinery; (3425)

(C) an electrical power generating facility, substation, switching station, electrical control center, or electrical transmission or distribution facility; (3426)

(D) a water intake structure, water treatment facility, wastewater treatment plant, or pump station; (3427)

(E) a natural gas transmission compressor station; (3428)

(F) a liquid natural gas terminal or storage facility; (3429)

(G) a telecommunications central switching office; (3430)

(H) a port, railroad switching yard, trucking terminal, or other freight transportation facility; (3431)

(I) a gas processing plant, including a plant used in the processing, treatment, or fractionation of natural gas; (3432)

(J) a transmission facility used by a federally licensed radio or television station; or (3433)

(K) a cable television or video service provider headend. (3434)

(11) "Data" means a representation of information, knowledge, facts, concepts, or instructions that is being prepared or has been prepared in a formalized manner and is intended to be stored or processed, is being stored or processed, or has been stored or processed in a computer. Data may be embodied in any form, including but not limited to computer printouts, magnetic storage media, laser storage media, and punchcards, or may be stored internally in the memory of the computer. (3435)

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