mischief to data
n. A criminal act that involves the unauthorized destruction, alteration, or restriction of computer data.

Example Citation:
"In 1985, laws were drafted to aid in dealing with computer crime...Section 430(1.1), Mischief To Data, states: 'Everyone commits mischief to data who wilfully' destroys or alters data, renders it meaningless, ineffective or obstructs or interferes with any person who lawfully uses data or denies access to data of the entitled person."
—Carolyn Van Brussel, "Signed oaths best protection against crime, says expert," Computing Canada

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