The Kroll’s annual Global Fraud and Risk Report is concerned with the biggest risks facing global organisations, by region and sector, and the steps being taken to prevent, detect and respond to daily threats. It says that the broadening of the risk landscape is visible in the types of significant incidents our survey respondents report experiencing in the last 12 months and in the priority levels assigned by survey respondents to various risk mitigations. The most frequently cited incident is leaks of internal information, reported by 39%. But this perennial challenge now coexists with risks from relatively recent threats, such as data theft, and even newer threats, such as adversarial social media activity.
On 21 April, the Global Initiative Against Transnational Organised Crime released a report which aims to contribute to the understanding of extortion in an evolving context as pandemic-related mobility restrictions are enforced and lifted in Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, Costa Rica and Panama. It is said to identify the evolving role of women in gang schemes and dynamics; explores criminal structures in Panama and their relationship with extortion; and highlights trends among extortion practices as they shift to other criminal activities such as large-scale and local trafﬁcking of cannabis and cocaine. In Panama, extortion tends to involve a form of loan sharking – while northern Central American countries, drug dealing and trafﬁcking appear to be the gangs’ alternative strategy given the drop in extortion revenues due to the pandemic.