The shocking truth behind Somali pirates

According to a report published by an international maritime watchdog, the recent spurt in pirate attacks off the Somali coast is connected in many ways with the financial services industry. The confidential report, prepared after extensive investigations off the Somali coast, throws light on the brains behind the dreaded pirate groups acting ruthlessly in international waters.

According to the report, some of the rogue CEOs and fraudsters of global financial institutions that went bankrupt in the last decade have teamed up with the pirates to target loaded cargo vessels passing in their waters. Though the pirates had the muscle, they desperately needed some shrewd planning to implement their evil agenda.

The report says “some of these executives were recruited through Blinkedin and offered CTC packages on par with the best in the industry. In addition to tax free income, the package included an all expenses paid vacation to any location of their choice, twice a year. All the fraudsters had to do was to come up with innovative strategies to keep the money coming in, like they did when they were on the payrolls of big banks. In fact some of the CEOs were even given group performance linked incentives, got out of turn promotions and are now running the show from remote locations inside Somalia”.

The report goes on to say that there are many groups that are headed by former financial services honchos that are operating off the waters of Gulf of Aden. A typical group will have former fishermen (for navigation), former militiamen (for handling arms and ammo) and geeks (for managing communications and hardware). Jerome Kerviel, the dude who took the socks away from SocGen, is said to be heading one such group.

So do the rogue traders shift camps? Yes, says the report. Sometimes rival executives are poached upon and join groups after serving the mandatory notice period. Mostly, executives are offered hefty salaries as bait to bag their services. “The operations are run in a corporate manner to suit the rogue executives. There is a HR guy handling all payroll and employment concerns, infrastructure management team and even the corporate communications guys are there”, the report says.

“These pirates value the services and experience these executives bring and the idea is to have a cunning brain onboard that can get a bunch of crooks to act together and show results,” says a piracy expert.


Apple said…
:) i dont mind being on Blinkden either if it offers all that u said.. :)
arun said…
"The Sub prime Pirates".. sounds interesting so we all have some place in case of another crisis..

now who ever has an account on Blinkedin please send an invite
Apple said…

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