Saturday, July 25, 2009

East Africa gets high-speed web

Seacom said in a statement the launch of the cable marked the "dawn of a new era for communications" between Africa and the rest of the world.
From BBC News

I wonder if this can help anyone involved in piracy by having better technology at their disposal?

Most desk top risk assessments are conducted from open source information which is readily available on the web. Finding information on ships such as their locations, ownership, configuration, speed, transits and cargo's are all available through the internet if you know where to look.

When getting ready for attacks, the pirates hierarchy have the ability to look for potential targets using this technology, know the flag state of vessels and ownership. Ownership of the vessel can be important when sizing up a compnay to determine the best likely chance of a sizable ransom.

1 comment:

  1. We have heard reports now for a number of months regarding the potential for spotters to be reporting on the activities in certain ports.

    What we do know is that the pirate community, particularly in the north, has used reasonably sophisticated communnications gear.

    The inclusion of this capability means not only that the pirate can research things much quicker, but can, where some internet savvy is used, communicate across much broader audiences -- ranging from social networks to directly with the companies involved.

    I would also tend to support the comments regarding the use of open source information. One reason being that if it can be found, it can be found by both sides.