The Fraud Act 2006

On 15 January 2007, the Fraud Act 2006 came into force and created three ways of committing a new offence of fraud:

  • Fraud by false representation
  • Fraud by failing to disclose information
  • Fraud by abuse of position

In each case, the defendant’s conduct must be dishonest with the intention of making a gain, or must cause a loss (or the risk of a loss) to another person or individual. Crucially, no actual gain or loss needs to be proved – the fraud might have been unsuccessful or it was stopped before it could take place. These offences are ‘triable either way’ and can be tried in the Magistrates’ Court or the Crown Court, with a maximum sentence of ten years imprisonment.

The fraud offences have a wide scope in that that they can be committed by a person outside of England and Wales. If you are accused of committing a fraud offence under the Fraud Act outside of this country, it is crucial that you take specialist advice, including advice on the issue of jurisdiction. Continue reading “The Fraud Act 2006”


The Computer Misuse Act of 1990

The Computer Misuse Act was enacted in the wake of the high profile hack in 1988 of a mailbox belonging to The Duke of Edinburgh by Robert Schifreen and Stephen Gold.

Prestel screenshot
Prestel screenshot

Prestel was a text-based interactive information system developed by the UK Post Office in the late 1970s. Users could browse numbered pages of text (similar to the contemporaneous Ceefax and Teletext information services) on their television as well as send electronic messages to other Prestel users. Prestel services were expensive and the system did not become widely used, although Prestel technology was sold to many other telecom companies. Prestel was gradually sold off in the early 1990s as the internet became available to domestic users. Continue reading “The Computer Misuse Act of 1990”

Windows Azure – How to migrate data from SQL Server to a Storage account

Starting from this great article we started by including the required imports:

using Microsoft.WindowsAzure.Storage;
using Microsoft.WindowsAzure.Storage.Auth;
using Microsoft.WindowsAzure.Storage.Table;
using System.Configuration;
using System.Data.SqlClient;

Continue reading “Windows Azure – How to migrate data from SQL Server to a Storage account”

Windows Azure storage tables – How to delete a table in C#

Namespace declarations

Add the following code namespace declarations to the top of any C# file in which you wish to programmatically access Azure Storage.

using Microsoft.WindowsAzure.Storage;
using Microsoft.WindowsAzure.Storage.Auth;
using Microsoft.WindowsAzure.Storage.Table;

                // Retrieve the storage account from the connection string.
                CloudStorageAccount storageAccount = CloudStorageAccount.Parse(

                // Create the table client.
                CloudTableClient tableClient = storageAccount.CreateCloudTableClient();

                // Create the table if it doesn't exist.
                //Table names must be unique within an account.
                //Table names may contain only alphanumeric characters.
                //Table names cannot begin with a numeric character.
                //Table names are case-insensitive.
                //Table names must be from 3 to 63 characters long.
                //Some table names are reserved, including "tables". Attempting to create a table with a reserved table name returns error code 404 (Bad Request)..
                string strTableName = txtClientDB.Text.Trim().Replace("_", "") + "erp";
                strTableName = strTableName.ToLower();
                CloudTable table = tableClient.GetTableReference(strTableName);
                // Delete the table it if exists.
                lblSuccess.Text = "Delete succeeded";
                lblSuccess.Visible = true;
            catch (Exception ex)
                lblError.Visible = true;
                lblError.Text = ex.Message;