Just as Shell brings to a close a difficult chapter in its troubled relationship with the Ogoni people in Nigeria, its relationship with community groups in the west of Ireland appears to be reaching new lows. Shell is the senior partner with Statoil and Marathon in an effort to bring off shore natural gas reserves on to the national grid in Ireland. Unfortunately for Shell, the project has run into fairly determined resistance from a range of activists who variously raise objections on the grounds of safety, unfair compensation for compulsory purchase orders, an unfair deal with the Irish government and over the environmental toll of the project. In the public furore that followed after five farmers were jailed in 2005 for contempt of court for refusing to allow Shell access their lands it seemed as if things had finally reached a turning point for the better. This from Shell's 2005 sustainability report: Regrettably, in June 2005, five … [Read more...] about Ireland: Shell’s new Nigeria?
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One of the questions that plagues me constantly is, “Why is energy journalism so bad?” Most mainstream articles about energy will leave you horribly confused at best, or horribly misled at worst. Today I will try to teach you how to read reports on energy without getting lost. The topic came up again last week when my colleague Christopher Mims pointed up a sharp discrepancy between three recent stories by Reuters, published between November 21 and 24. The first reported Saudi Aramco’s CEO Khalid al-Falih as saying that unconventional oil (heavy oil, synthetic oil from shale and tar sands, coal-to-liquids and so on) had eliminated global supply concerns, and would rise from 2.3 million barrels per day (mbpd) today to 8.4 mbpd by 2035. This would shift the global balance of power, he said, and reduce U.S. dependence on oil imports. Further, he expected conventional oil supply from Brazil and Iraq to rise. All of this was by way of explaining why Saudi Arabia had … [Read more...] about Why energy journalism is so bad
Hacking Team has not had a good week. The Milan, Italy-based company, known for selling surveillance and spyware tools to government agencies and private companies, experienced a data breach over the weekend which led to the alleged theft of 400GB of corporate data. The file, which has spread like wildfire through torrent sharing, magnets and mirrors, contains information including customer lists, financial statements and allegedly the source code of tools supplied by the company. According to the data, which has not been independently verified, countries with customers using Hacking Team's surveillance tools include Italy, the US, Spain, Egypt, the UAE, Nigeria and Israel, among many others. A number of intelligence and police services have been mentioned by name, such as the FBI. Online mockery which is still going strong aside, the situation goes far beyond a 'normal' corporate data breach. Documents now freely available online imply that countries with oppressive regimes -- such as … [Read more...] about Hacking Team data theft culprit exposed
In an operation targeting cybercrime across Asean, the Interpol says it has identified thousands of compromised systems that included command-and-control (C2) servers infected with malware and websites run by governments. Some 8,800 of the servers across eight countries were found to be infected with various malware codes including those targeting financial institutions and used to launch DDoS (distributed denial-of-service) attacks. Investigations involving these systems were still ongoing, according to a statement released by Interpol, which ran the Asean operation out of its Global Complex for Innovation in Singapore. It added that some 270 websites were found to have been infected with a malware code that exploited a vulnerability in the website design software. These compromised sites included those run by governments, which might contain personal data of their citizens, it said. "A number of phishing website operators were also identified, including one with links to … [Read more...] about Close to 9,000 servers across Asean infected with malware
WHAT IS SPEAR-PHISHING?Spear-phishing is a kind of social engineering trick aimed at a specific victim, whether that's an organization or an individual. A spear-phishing message might include not only the recipient's name but also other specific information (mentions of friends by name, departmental references) that helps personalize it and make it believable. Spear-phishers can draw this information from social networks or other public sources.This tactic differs from old-school phishing's broad messages aimed at whoever would take the bait. ("Dear Sir—I would like to enlist your help in retrieving my inheritance from Nigeria...")Cybercriminals are increasingly abandoning the technique of casting a wide net by blasting thousands of email accounts with a phishing scam. That's not nearly as lucrative as a spear-phishing attack, which might take more work, but has the potential for a much bigger payoff, according to Rohyt Belani, CEO of phishing-awareness-training company PhishMe. … [Read more...] about 4 spear-phishing hooks for the holidays