Insights

The shifting maritime threat off East Africa: Yemen

NEW PIRACY TRENDS IN 2018 On 23 May US-based NGO Oceans Beyond Piracy released their annual report on the state of global maritime piracy in 2017. The report detailed a significant increase in piracy incidents from 2016 to 2017 in the East African High Risk…

Is Mexico at its most violent?

The first quarter of 2018 was reportedly the most violent in Mexican history, based on the number of intentional homicides. The following is taken from our full report on Latin America produced by NYA24. To download the full report, LATIN AMERICA REPORT by NYA24 MEXICO…

REPORTE PARA LATINOAMERICA

Tenemos el placer de presentar el úlltimo informe sobre América Latina, producido por nuestro equipo de analistas de NYA24. Si tiene algún comentario, por favor háganos saber. REPORTE PARA LATINOAMERICA SOBRE NYA Desde 1990 nos hemos comprometido a ayudar a neustros clientes a entender las amenazas vontra sus…

Will Cyber Ransoms Increase after GDPR?

SHIFT IN TACTICS AMONG CYBER CRIMINALS While General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) brings with it opportunities for companies to further secure data, it may also lead to a shift in tactics among cyber criminals. After 25 May, perpetrators with access to personal data shall effectively…

Maritime kidnappings in West Africa increase significantly in 2018

NYA OBSERVES A SIGNIFICANT INCREASE IN THE NUMBER OF MARITIME KIDNAPPINGS IN WEST AFRICA IN 2018 The first four months of 2018 (January-April) saw a substantial increase in the number of people kidnapped by pirates in the Gulf of Guinea (GoG) and the Niger Delta…

Aid Worker Kidnapping in Somalia is a reminder of an enduring threat

Unidentified gunmen broke into the compound of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) in Somalia’s capital, Mogadishu on 3 May 2018, and kidnapped Sonja Nientiet, a German nurse working for the organisation. According to data from NYA’s Kidnap for Ransom database, the abduction…

Pirates attack vessel in the Malacca Strait for first time since 2015

On 24 April 2018 NYA MarTrack™ recorded an attack in the Malacca Strait for the first time since December 2015. Pirates armed with machetes and firearms attempted to rob and kidnap the crew of a Malaysian-flagged B fishing vessel near Batu Bahat, Johor, Malaysia. The…

Elevated Kidnap Risk to Foreign Nationals in Afghanistan ahead of 2018 Elections

The kidnapping of election officials and the numerous attacks on voter registration centres in April throughout Afghanistan highlight the growing insecurity ahead of parliamentary and district council elections scheduled for 20 October 2018. Since voter registration began on 14 April, the Taliban and Islamic State…

UK Government: Fraudulent emails are most common cause of disruptive cyber attacks

On 25 April the UK government released its Cyber Security Breaches Survey 2018. The findings identified fraudulent emails as the most common source of disruptive cyber attacks, often known as ‘CEO fraud’. This involves criminals impersonating a firm’s business associates or internal senior company employees.…

Are Nigerian pirates expanding their area of operation?

NYA MarTrackTM recorded a total of 13 hijackings in the Gulf of Guinea in the first quarter of 2018, seven of which occurred outside the Nigerian Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ). Between  2015 – 2017, NYA recorded 93 hijackings in the Gulf of Guinea and only…