Articles by Peter Apps

In Search of the Best Defense Against Corporate Cyber Crime

With hackers stealing tens of millions of customer details in recent months, firms across the globe are ratcheting up IT security and nervously wondering which of them is next. The reality, cyber security experts say, is that however much they …

Hunt for Missing Flight MH370 ‘Bedeviled by Regional Rivalries’

The search for flight MH370, the Malaysian jetliner that vanished over the South China Sea on March 8, has involved more than two dozen countries and 60 aircraft and ships but been bedeviled by regional rivalries. While Malaysia has been …

Increase in Cyber Attacks Costing Millions, Stressing Internet

Crashing websites and overwhelming data centers, a new generation of cyber attacks is costing millions and straining the structure of the Internet. While some attackers are diehard activists, criminal gangs or nation states looking for a covert way to hit …

Melting Arctic May Redraw Global Geopolitical Map

This year’s frenzy of oil and gas exploration in newly accessible Arctic waters could be the harbinger of even starker changes to come. If, as many scientists predict, currently inaccessible sea lanes across the top of the world become navigable …

Politicians, Investors Worry Over Shrinking Middle Class, Role of Social Media

The rising gap between rich and poor in nearly every country, rich or poor, went largely ignored during the decades of globalization-fueled boom. But with large parts of the world in financial crisis, ending the time when a rising global …

Britain: Is It More Corrupt Than It Thinks? Is the U.S.?

International Monetary Fund Cyber Attack Boosts Calls for Global Action

Governments, multinational corporations and global institutions are losing the battle against computer hackers and must combine their resources if they are to lock out cyber intruders, experts say. The International Monetary Fund has joined Sony and Google on a growing …

Stigma Keeps Many Firms From Reporting Cyber Attacks

Wary of alarming customers, many firms never report the kind of cyber attacks suffered by Sony, Google and others — and as long as the stigma holds, tackling the growing problem may prove impossible. Data theft is a menace that …

Risk of Cyber Attacks Escalation Rises as Technology Outpaces Policy

From the satellite pictures on Google Earth, Jinan looks like any other Chinese city — sprawling construction sites, massive factory blocks, apartment buildings, a university, dozens of railway lines and wide-open plazas. But according to the Internet giant, somewhere in …

Special Report: As Pirate Attacks Increase, Ship Owners Take Arms

Upstairs in a public house in the town of Poole on the English south coast, 18 men are preparing to take on the pirates of the Indian Ocean. Around antique polished wooden tables scattered with laminated charts, handouts and smart …