As if there wasn't enough to worry about

In Crime, World on January 5, 2010 at 9:27 am

Apparently, there’s a lot more…

Especially if you’re an American business, nongovernmental organization or academic institution operating overseas.

That’s the word from the Overseas Security Advisory Council, part of the State Department’s Bureau of Diplomatic Security.

The bureau ended 2009 by releasing their annual report summarizing “private sector security concerns” and it pretty much reads like an invitation to therapy.

“This year, we saw terrorist attacks against U.S. and Western interests in Northwest and East Africa, India, and Greece as well as cyber attacks in Eastern Europe and plots of major attacks in Afghanistan,” said Daniel Weber, a Bureau of Diplomatic Security Special and the council’s executive director. “While not all terrorist incidents tracked by OSAC in 2009 involved U.S. victims, these attacks – which sometimes targeted other Western entities – have raised concerns for U.S. firms and organizations operating in areas experiencing attacks. Clearly, the variety of security incidents in 2009 demonstrates that U.S. private-sector organizations hope for the best but must prepare for worst.”

There’s problems in Africa where there the report states there have been increases in violent and financial crimes. My favorite line is

“ATM systems in Tanzania have been so severely compromised that the U.S. embassy has warned against the use of any ATMs in the country.”

There’s apparently kidnapping concerns in Asia, H1N1 concerns in the Americas, cybercrime in Eastern Europe and, of course, terrorism everywhere.

Happy New Year.


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