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JBS Pays Ransom To Get Malware Off It’s Systems

JBS USA – the US subsidiary of Brazilian meat processing company JBS S.A. – has paid an US$11 million (around AU$14.2 million) ransom to hackers after a cyberattack disrupted its operations in the US, Canada, and Australia. This was a difficult decision to make for...

Four Arrested Over Alleged Stuart MacGill Kidnapping

Stuart MacGill former Australian Test cricketer was reportedly kidnapped and held for ransom by an alleged criminal group on Sydney’s north shore. Four men have been arrested over the alleged kidnapping. MacGill played 44 Test matches for Australia and three One Day...

Stening Simpson Group Announce 25th Work Anniversary Of David Wright

We are incredibly proud to announce the 25th Work Anniversary of David Wright. David commenced employment with Stening Simpson in 1996 and is a Director of the Group. What a milestone - Congratulations, David. It has been a pleasure working with you over the past 25...

Kidnapped Nigerian Schoolgirls

The 279 Kidnapped Nigerian Schoolgirls snatched by gunmen from a boarding school in Nigeria last week were beaten and threatened with being shot, they ­revealed after their release on Tuesday. “They started hitting us with guns so that we would move,” ­Farida Lawali,...

Boko Haram Spread into Northwest Nigeria

On 17 December, 344 schoolboys by Boko Haram who had been abducted from their school dormitory in northwest Nigeria were suddenly released after six days in captivity. Nigerians collectively sighed with relief. However, the involvement of Boko Haram in the...

Cyber Security – We Are Today At War Again.

Australians should not be under any illusion. The risk of cyber attack at a personal, government and corporate level poses a security threat greater than any Australia has experienced. It is far greater than we faced during the darkest period of the Cold War in the...

Country Risks Report – High Risk

Personnel on the ground should maintain a high level of vigilance due to the presence of considerable and multiple risk factors (high levels of insecurity, significant health concerns, social and/or political instability, etc)...

Country Risks Report – Critical Risk

Professional security advice and support should be sought prior to travel   AfghanistanDR CongoIraqLibyaNigeriaPakistanSomaliaSouth SudanSyriaVenezuelaYemen

Political Risk in Global Energy

There are numerous examples of political risk affecting the operations and profitability of energy companies – sometimes very seriously. Stephen O’Sullivan, Senior Visiting Research Fellow at the Oxford Institute for Energy Studies, discusses the three main risks from...

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