A teenager who took his own life after being blackmailed by strangers online is "every parent's worst nightmare", his mother has said.
Nicola Perry said that Daniel, 17, was left traumatised by the ordeal. She added:
Interpol, the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and authorities in the Philippines joined a major criminal inquiry after a British teenager, who was blackmailed online, took his own life.
Police Scotland said Daniel Perry, 17, from Dunfermline in Fife lost his life due to cyber-crime linked to the Philippines. Assistant Chief Constable Malcolm Graham, of major crime and public protection, said:
British police investigating the death of a teenager who took his own life after being blackmailed by strangers online have been involved in a major international operation targeting cyber-crime in the Philippines.
Daniel Perry, 17, from Dunfermline in Fife, died in July last year after falling victim to an alleged "sextortion" attempt, in which internet users are lured into webcam chats and then blackmailed with the footage.
Inquiries by detectives from Police Scotland revealed an electronic online trail, which led to the Philippines and links to organised crime groups there. More than 50 people have been arrested in a series of raids, according to Philippine authorities in an operation codenamed Strikeback.
The elderly and the poor are being targeted among around 4 million people who are victims of scams each year, according to the Citizens Advice Bureau (CAB).
Fraud offences in England Wales were up 25% year-on-year in 2013, with over 200,000 cases reported to Action Fraud, the fraud and online crime reporting service.
However, CAB said the real figure was likely to be much higher because a lot of fraud goes unreported.
Tens of millions of UK email users may be having their financial details stolen in a "mass spamming event," according to experts in cyber crime.
The National Crime Agency warned that small and medium businesses are the top targets of the messages that appear to be legitimate emails from banks.
The emails come with attachments that appear to be files containing details of a suspicious transaction, but in fact harbour malicious software.
The screen will then display a countdown timer that demands the payment of 2 Bitcoins (around £536) - a form of currency used for Internet transactions - in ransom for the decryption key.
The National Cyber Crime Unit advises that anyone whose computer is infected should report it to www.actionfraud.police.uk.
Crime is changing and not falling at the rate that figures suggests, the chairman of the Police Federation of England and Wales said today, after an influential group of MPs found that UK was "losing the war against cyber crime" in a new report.
Steve Williams said:
The UK is being "too complacent" about online criminal activity because the victims are hidden in cyberspace, the chair of the Home Affairs Select Committee said today, after it issued a warning that the country was "losing the war on internet crime".
Labour MP Keith Vaz said:
The UK is losing the war against internet crime, an influential group of MPs has warned. Despite being the preferred target of online criminals in 25 countries, the UK is still "complacent" towards e-crime as victims are "hidden in cyberspace", the Home Affairs Select Committee said.
The group of MPs said sufficient funding and resources for tackling online crime, which includes Identity theft, industrial espionage, credit card fraud and child exploitation, has not been allocated.
Tougher sentences for online criminals and improved training for police officers are recommended by the Committee to deal with the growing threat of cyber criminality.
Police arrested a 28-year-old man suspected of committing cyber crimes in the Croydon area of London this morning.
The arrest is part of an ongoing investigation into the distribution of malware designed to capture the user's personal details to make fraudulent transactions.
Officers from specialist cyber crime units in the Metropolitan Police and Serious Organised Crime Agency took the suspect to a south London Police Station for questioning.
His computer and other electronic equipment were also seized for examination.