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Online firm Touchnote latest victim of internet hacking

The stolen details include customer names and email addresses Credit: PA

App-maker Touchnote has become the latest victim of internet hacking.

The online company, which has an app that lets people turn photos on their mobiles into postcards, said it had been targeted by criminals and some customer data had been stolen.

The stolen details include customer names, email addresses and postal addresses, while there were also "some recorded instances of dates of birth being accessed", the company said.

The news comes just after TalkTalk announced the details of 156,959 customers and 15,656 bank account numbers were accessed in last month's cyber attack.

Blackmailed teen 'another faceless victim to exploit'

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:

Whoever was at the other end of that computer did not know Daniel. They didn't care that he was a loving and caring person with his whole life ahead of him. To them, he was just another faceless victim to exploit for cash.

Losing Daniel has left us all devastated and we are still trying to come to terms with what has happened.

Police Scotland: 'No hiding place' for online criminals

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:

Our message is clear: Our focus is on keeping people safe and there is no hiding place - anywhere in the world - if you are a criminal and you undertake this type of activity, which preys on those who might be the most vulnerable and susceptible to coercion and blackmail.

A young Scottish teenager lost his life as a result of this online activity. The impact on his family, friends and wider community cannot be imagined.

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Elderly and poor targeted as fraud rises 25%

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 Britons 'at risk from email scam'

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.

Officers have warned that the scam poses "a significant risk" Credit: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire

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.

Government to invest £850m in new cyber crime drive

Crime is at record low levels and this government is taking action to tackle the cyber threat, investing more than £850 million through the national cyber security programme to develop and maintain cutting-edge capabilities.

The National Crime Agency will include a new elite National Cyber Crime unit to target the most serious offenders and provide enhanced intelligence for CEOP so they can protect even more children from harm.

But we know we need to keep pace with criminals as they target the web and so we continue to consider ways to ensure the police and security services have access to communications data.

– Home Office spokesman
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