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Where a supplier (B) has emailed an invoice to A for goods supplied by B to A (and which were received by A) but the email was hacked by an unknown third party (C) and B’s bank details for payment were substituted with C’s, such that A pays C and not B, can B recover the invoice sum from A?
A is a customer of supplier B. Where A has mistakenly paid third party C, as a result of C having hacked into B’s records and issued an (false) invoice apparently in the name of B, but payable to C’s account, is B liable to A in damages for the money A paid to C?
Computer ‘hacking’, as it is often known, is itself a crime (see Practice Note: Computer hacking and misuse under the Computer Misuse Act 1990).
Fraud, where it is perpetrated by means of hacking or hijacking a computer and/or misuse of data is also potentially an offence under criminal law (see Practice Notes: Non-Data Protection Act offences involving the misuse of data and Fraud by false representation
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