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Computer and data sabotage can be covered by Article 144bis SCC prescribing that whoever alters, deletes or renders unusable data stored or transmitted electronically is liable on complaint to a custodial sentence not exceeding three years or to a monetary penalty ("virus offence").

Especially in connection with ransomware attacks the following further criminal provisions can be applicable:
• Fraud for commercial gain (Article 146 SCC) – penalty: custodial sentence not exceed-ing ten years or a monetary penalty of not less than 90 daily penalty units;
• Extortion (Article 156 SCC) – penalty: custodial sentence not exceeding five years or a monetary penalty;
• Money laundering (Article 305bis SCC) – penalty: custodial sentence not exceeding three years or to a monetary penalty.

Provided By:
Roland Mathys, Schellenberg Wittmer and Clara-Ann Gordon, Niederer Kraft Frey