Monthly Archives: May 2017

Weekly Maritime Security Report

24th May 2017
East Africa and the Indian Ocean   Yemen: Skiffs follow merchant vessel off Qusayir 17 May A merchant vessel reported it was approached by seven skiffs, each with four to five persons on board at 0830 hrs local time 45 nm east south-east of Qusayir in the Gulf of Aden. The skiffs came within 1 nm of both port and starboard quarters and followed the vessels for 30 minutes before moving away. There were no reports of shots fired.   Yemen: Indian Navy confiscates weapons cache from dhows in Gulf of Aden 16 May The Indian Navy boarded three suspicious dhows after a merchant vessel reported sighting the boats 135 nm northwest of Socotra Island in the Internationally Recommended Transit Corridor (IRTC). The naval forces seized a cache… Read More

North Africa Maritime Threat

19th May 2017
The maritime threat environment in North Africa remains volatile. Much of the current threat in the region is centred on Libya, where instability onshore has spilled over into the surrounding waters. Mass migration across the Mediterranean Sea, which largely emanates from Libya, is a significant concern for vessels operating off North Africa and in the region more broadly. Both the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS) and the 1974 International Convention for the Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS) require vessels to respond to emergency calls and to assist migrant boats in distress. This legal requirement creates serious considerations for vessels, as the regulations governing rescue at sea were not written with a large-scale humanitarian crisis such… Read More

Ransomware, what is it ?

15th May 2017
Ransomware is one of the online threats most likely to affect you, both as an individual and as a business. Despite increasing media coverage, ransomware campaigns remain highly lucrative for organised crime groups and increased user awareness is one of the simplest and most effective ways of mitigating the threat. With that in mind, our Easter message is a reminder of the basics of ransomware to ensure you and your businesses are protected over the holiday period. What is ransomware? Although there are many different types, ransomware is simply malicious software that is installed on a computer which "locks out" users from accessing their data unless they pay a fee to unlock it. How does it work? Ransomware encrypts your data and asks for… Read More