The more I look in to the International Chamber of Commerce, the more impressed I get. Basically an organization devoted to promoting business ties across borders, the organization has plenty of oars in the water.
For example, I came across this article where the ICC is warning businesses about a scam. Companies are being fleeced by hucksters who present "4081" documents that (they claim) insure against loss. Then the criminals take the up front money and disappear.
When the word got out about the 4081 scam, the hucksters just made up a new bogus document and called it the "4082". They must be finding dopes somewhere who'll be impressed or else the criminals wouldn't bother.
Amusing as that is, the ICC is trying to stop serious violent crime as well. They're the best source for news about modern piracy I've found, although Pravda is interested in it as well (although they usually claim the United States are the pirates).
Anyway, back to the ICC. They've formed an anti-pirate assault force (which has yet to see any action), as well as tried to keep shipping companies abreast of pirate activity. Reports now indicate that something is having an effect on the way the pirates operate. Attacks have been on the rise, with the pirates now steailing the entire ship. Yet, even though more of the attackers are armed, there's fewer injuries and death. This indicates to me that the small fry have been eliminated and some big organization is calling the shots, trying to keep the mayhem down so there's less pressure to hunt the pirates down and bring them to justice.
Hmmm. I notice that about half of all of the attacks are occurring at one country. Just a word to the wise if you're planning on taking a cruise somewhere.