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In the US, a little known provision in the Homeland Security bill was passed in 2002 , it provides for a maximum sentence of life imprisonment without parole for computer hackers who deliberately transmit a program, information, code, or command that impairs the performance of a computer or modifies its data without authorization, "if the offender knowingly or recklessly causes or attempts to cause death". It also provides for a 20-year sentence if the attacker only causes or attempts to cause bodily injury through hacking.