Triller Inc. ได้รับเงินทุนจำนวน 310 ล้านดอลลาร์จาก Global Emerging Markets (GEM) โดยเกี่ยวข้องกับการเสนอขายหลักทรัพย์ที่กำลังจะมีขึ้น

บริษัทคาดว่าจะทำการซื้อขายในตลาดหลักทรัพย์ในช่วงต้นไตรมาสที่ 4 ภายใต้สัญลักษณ์ “ILLR”

ลอสแอนเจลิส, Sept. 30, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Triller Inc.(“Triller”) และ GEM Global Yield LLC SCS (“GGY”) ได้ประกาศในวันนี้ว่าจะมีการลงทุนมูลค่า 310 ล้านดอลลาร์จาก GEM ซึ่งเป็นกลุ่มการลงทุนทางเลือกนอกตลาดในลักเซมเบิร์ก ในรูปแบบของการสมัครสมาชิกหุ้น ภายใต้ข้อตกลงดังกล่าว GEM จะให้ทุนแก่ Triller สูงสุดถึง 310 ล้านดอลลาร์ในระยะเวลา 36 เดือนหลังจากการจดทะเบียนหุ้นสามัญของ Triller สู่สาธารณะ

Triller จะไม่มีภาระผูกพันในการถอนเงินเต็มจำนวน 310 ล้านดอลลาร์ แต่สามารถถอนได้บางส่วนหรือทั้งหมดขึ้นอยู่กับดุลยพินิจของ Triller Triller จะควบคุมทั้งระยะเวลาและจำนวนการเบิกถอนทั้งหมด และจะออกหุ้นให้กับ GEM ในการถอนออกจากวงเงินในแต่ละครั้ง Triller จะออกใบสำคัญแสดงสิทธิให้กับ GEM ด้วยเช่นกัน เพื่อให้สอดคล้องกับผลประโยชน์ของบริษัท

Triller ยื่น S-1 ส่วนตัวกับสำนักงานคณะกรรมการกำกับหลักทรัพย์และตลาดหลักทรัพย์ของสหรัฐอเมริกาเมื่อเดือนที่แล้ว และกำลังส่งสิ่งที่คาดว่าจะเป็น S-1 สุดท้ายพร้อมกับการปิดโรงงานนี้ โดยมีการคาดว่าการซื้อขายจะเริ่มขึ้นในต้นไตรมาสที่ 4 ปี 2022

“Triller มีการเติบโตขึ้นอย่างมาก” Mahi de Silva ซีอีโอและประธานของ Triller กล่าว “เมื่อเริ่มก่อตั้งในปี 2019 เราเป็นบริษัทที่ไม่มีรายได้ ทว่าตอนนี้เรากำลังอยู่ในเส้นทางที่จะสร้างรายได้ 100 ล้านดอลลาร์ในปีนี้ มีการดาวน์โหลดแอป Triller มากกว่า 350 ล้านครั้ง และทางบริษัทเองก็ได้ทำงานร่วมกับแบรนด์ที่ใหญ่ที่สุดในโลกหลายสิบแบรนด์และศิลปินชั้นนำอีกหลายพันคน ซึ่งทำให้ชุมชนครีเอเตอร์ทั้งหมดต้องหยุดชะงัก”

Triller มีสายธุรกิจ 10 สาย โดยแปดสายอยู่ในจุดคุ้มทุนหรือทำกำไรได้ และมีการโต้ตอบ 750 ล้านครั้งต่อไตรมาส ซึ่งแต่ละสายเป็นธุรกรรมที่สามารถสร้างรายได้ให้กับบริษัทได้ในอนาคต

ด้วยเงินทุนจาก GEM นี้นั้น จะทำให้ Triller สามารถเข้าซื้อกิจการเพิ่มเติมเพื่อเสริมความแข็งแกร่งให้กับกล่องเครื่องมือสำหรับชุมชนครีเอเตอร์และเข้าถึงจุดคุ้มทุนหรือความสามารถในการทำกำไรในระยะสั้นได้ สมมติว่าใช้วงเงินเต็มจำนวน 310 ล้านดอลลาร์ ทาง Triller จะระดมเงินได้มากกว่า 600 ล้านดอลลาร์ และเมื่อเสนอขายหุ้น IPO แล้ว ก็จะไม่มีหนี้สินใด ๆ

“Triller กำลังทำลายกฎของระบบแบบปิดทั้งหมด เป็นการท้าทายวิธีการที่สถานประกอบการแบบเก่าใช้ประโยชน์จากครีเอเตอร์และผู้ใช้ด้วยการเก็บเงิน 99 เปอร์เซ็นต์เอาไว้ภายในระบบเพื่อตัวมันเองครับ” De Silva กล่าว “เหตุผลที่อุตสาหกรรมนี้ตั้งอยู่บน MAU, DAU และอื่น ๆ ในทำนองเดียวกัน นั่นก็คือในเรื่องของเวลาที่มีคนใช้เวลาอยู่ในระบบแบบปิดของบริษัทแห่งหนึ่ง และหมายความว่าเครือข่ายโซเชียลนั้น ‘เป็นเจ้าของ’ ในทั้งผู้ใช้ รายได้ แบรนด์ และข้อมูล

“Triller ได้ทำลายระบบที่เปิดกว้าง ในฐานะที่เป็นระบบแบบเปิดนั้น เป้าหมายของเราคือนำพลังกลับคืนมาอยู่ในมือของครีเอเตอร์และผู้ใช้ ทำให้ครีเอเตอร์และแบรนด์สามารถเชื่อมต่อได้โดยตรง เราได้จัดเตรียมเครื่องมือต่าง ๆ เพื่อเพิ่มการเชื่อมต่อเหล่านั้นให้สูงสุด และให้แต่ละการเชื่อมต่อเหล่านั้นสามารถสร้างรายได้ได้ดีที่สุดด้วยเช่นกัน นอกจากนี้ การพิจารณาจำนวนการโต้ตอบที่เราอำนวยความสะดวกนั้นช่วยให้เราคาดการณ์รายได้ในอนาคต เนื่องจากแต่ละรายการเป็นค่าธรรมเนียมการทำธุรกรรมที่อาจเกิดขึ้นสำหรับเรา”

เกี่ยวกับ Triller Inc.

Triller เป็นแพลตฟอร์มสวนทางเทคโนโลยีแบบเปิดที่ขับเคลื่อนโดย AI สำหรับครีเอเตอร์ จับคู่วัฒนธรรมดนตรีเข้ากับกีฬา แฟชั่น ความบันเทิง และอินฟลูเอนเซอร์ผ่านทางมุมมอง 360 องศา ของเนื้อหาและเทคโนโลยี Triller สนับสนุนให้อินฟลูเอนเซอร์โพสต์เนื้อหาที่สร้างขึ้นบนแอปผ่านแพลตฟอร์มโซเชียลมีเดียต่าง ๆ และใช้เทคโนโลยี AI ที่เป็นกรรมสิทธิ์เพื่อทำการผลักดันและติดตามเนื้อหาที่เผยแพร่ไปยังเว็บไซต์และเครือข่ายในเครือและเครือข่ายที่ไม่เกี่ยวข้อง ทำให้พวกเขาสามารถเข้าถึงผู้ใช้ได้เพิ่มขึ้นหลายล้านคน Triller ยังเป็นเจ้าของ VERZUZ ซึ่งเป็นแพลตฟอร์มดนตรีสตรีมสด แบรนด์กีฬาการต่อสู้ทั้ง Triller Fight Club, Triad Combat และ BKFC, Amplify.ai ซึ่งเป็นแพลตฟอร์มสร้างการมีส่วนร่วมกับลูกค้าชั้นนำ FITE.tv บริการสตรีมมิ่ง PPV, AVOD และ SVOD ชั้นนำระดับโลก Thuzio ผู้นำในกิจกรรมและประสบการณ์ผู้มีอิทธิพลระดับพรีเมียม B2B, Fangage แพลตฟอร์มสำหรับครีเอเตอร์เพื่อดึงดูดแฟน ๆ และสร้างรายได้จากเนื้อหา และ Julius แพลตฟอร์มสำหรับแบรนด์และเอเจนซี่เพื่อควบคุมครีเอเตอร์เพื่อมีส่วนร่วมทางสังคมและการค้าทางสังคม

เกี่ยวกับ GEM

Global Emerging Markets (“GEM”) เป็นกลุ่มการลงทุนทางเลือกนอกตลาดในลักเซมเบิร์กมูลค่า 3.4 พันล้านดอลลาร์ โดยมีสำนักงานในปารีส นิวยอร์ก และบาฮามาส GEM จัดการกลุ่มเครื่องมือการลงทุนที่หลากหลายซึ่งมุ่งเน้นไปที่ตลาดเกิดใหม่ และได้ทำธุรกรรมไปแล้วกว่า 530 รายการในกว่า 70 ประเทศ เครื่องมือในการลงทุนแต่ละประเภทมีระดับการควบคุมการปฏิบัติงาน ผลตอบแทนที่ปรับตามความเสี่ยง และโปรไฟล์สภาพคล่องที่แตกต่างกัน กลุ่มกองทุนและเครื่องมือการลงทุนต่าง ๆ นี้ช่วยให้ GEM และพันธมิตรได้รับ: การเข้าซื้อกิจการโดยผู้บริหารโดยมีหุ้นขนาดเล็กไปจนถึงขนาดปานกลาง การลงทุนนอกตลาดในตราสารทุนสาธารณะและการลงทุนที่เลือก สำหรับข้อมูลเพิ่มเติม: http://www.gemny.com

Tony Freinberg
ประธานของ Edendale Strategies
tony@edendalestrategies.com
(310) 614-1435

Madison Newbond Hotel Lending Platform Originates $20 Million Loan for the Balfour Hotel in Miami Beach

NEW YORK, Sept. 30, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Madison Newbond, the institutional lending platform of Madison Realty Capital and Newbond Holdings that provides first mortgages, mezzanine loans and preferred equity to hotel owners and developers nationwide, today announced that it has provided a $20 million loan to FullG Capital’s equity sponsorship group for the acquisition of the Balfour Hotel Miami Beach (the “Balfour”), an independent boutique hotel located at 350 Ocean Drive in Miami Beach, Florida.

Located within Miami’s famed South Beach Art Deco District and situated less than one block from the beach, the Balfour contains 82 guestrooms across two towers, as well as an upscale restaurant and bar, an outdoor plunge pool, complimentary beach services, and approximately 1,300 square feet of rooftop terrace space. The hotel is managed by Driftwood Hospitality Management under a third-party hotel management agreement.

Josh Zegen, Managing Principal and Co-Founder of Madison Realty Capital, said, “Miami is no longer just a top destination for domestic and international leisure travel, but has rapidly become a growing hub for corporations and financial firms seeking to relocate their headquarters. We are pleased to provide a flexible financing solution to facilitate the acquisition of a superbly well-located hotel in one of the most liquid and dynamic hospitality markets in the country.”

Drew Coles, President of FullG Capital said, “Madison Realty Capital is a highly experienced lender in the Miami hospitality market with a reputation for certainty of execution. We are thrilled to leverage Madison Newbond’s attractive financing capabilities to complete the acquisition of the Balfour.”

Neil Luthra, Founding Partner at Newbond, added, “Madison and Newbond’s extensive operating experience enables us to efficiently underwrite hospitality lending opportunities and provide borrowers with a reliable financing partner in today’s choppy credit environment.  The Balfour perfectly exemplifies this, and we are excited to work with the FullG Capital team to bring their business plan to life.”

Madison Realty Capital has significant experience investing in hotel and luxury condominium developments in Miami and across South Florida. Notable transactions include an $85 million loan to The Related Group, BH Group, Teddy Sagi’s Globe Invest, and Wanxiang Group Corporation for the acquisition and pre-development of a luxury condominium project on Fisher Island in Miami Beach, a $76 million loan to The Related Group for the development of District 225, a 343-unit luxury condominium project in Miami, a $210 million loan to Fort Partners for the construction of the Four Seasons Hotel and Private Residences Fort Lauderdale, and a $105 million loan to Fort Partners for the acquisition and modernization of the Four Seasons Hotel Miami.

Madison Newbond launched in November 2021 with approximately $500 million of initial lending capacity and has plans to add scale in line with existing opportunities.

 

About Madison Realty Capital 

Madison Realty Capital is a vertically integrated real estate private equity firm that, as of August 31, 2022, manages approximately $9.5 billion in total assets on behalf of a global institutional investor base. Since 2004, Madison Realty Capital has completed approximately $21 billion in transactions providing borrowers with flexible and highly customized financing solutions, strong underwriting capabilities, and certainty of execution. Headquartered in New York City, with an office in Los Angeles, the firm has approximately 70 employees across all real estate investment, development, and property management disciplines. Madison Realty Capital has been named to Commercial Observer’s prestigious “Power 100” list of New York City real estate players. To learn more, follow us on LinkedIn and visit www.madisonrealtycapital.com.

About Newbond Holdings

Newbond Holdings, founded by Neil Luthra and Vann Avedisian in 2021, is a real estate investment and operating platform focused on debt and equity investments across multiple real estate product types with a hospitality focus as well as investments in related operating businesses and technology platforms. The partners at Newbond have completed over $15 billion of debt and equity transactions. As a vertically integrated operating and investment platform, Newbond is uniquely positioned to create significant value beyond the typical investment process through creative structuring, operations and the development of single and multiple asset brands.

Nathaniel Garnick/Grace Cartwright
Gasthalter & Co.
(212) 257-4170
madisonrealty@gasthalter.com

Innovative agreement will have union workers processing critical minerals from seafloor nodules for production of electric car batteries

NEW YORK, Sept. 30, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Today the International Union, United Automobile, Aerospace and Agricultural Implement Workers of America (UAW) and The Metals Company (TMC) announced that they have entered into a labor neutrality agreement to bolster the critical mineral supply chain and to lay the groundwork for sustainable production of electric car batteries while creating a path to more good union jobs in the United States.

TMC will process and eventually recycle key battery metals responsibly collected from polymetallic nodules that lay unattached on the seafloor in the Eastern Pacific off the coast of North America. Battery metals, many of which are included on the US critical mineral list, are an essential ingredient to decarbonization and without secure supply and processing capabilities, the American automotive industry and American jobs underpinning the clean energy transition remain vulnerable.

Building large-scale metals processing infrastructure and mineral supply chains in the United States will enhance national and economic security and help ensure TMC’s processing operations create good-paying U.S. jobs.

UAW President Ray Curry stated, “UAW members helped create America’s middle class by bargaining agreements that lifted not only their standard of living, but those in entire sectors of our economy.” He adds, “we have insisted that the transition to electric vehicles must not come at the expense of autoworkers, their families, and communities. We commend TMC for showing companies that the way forward should include respect for the rights of their future workforce to join together and collectively bargain for good wages, benefits, and working conditions.”

UAW believes that the transition to EVs demands the creation of a strong US supply chain not only for batteries but also the critical metals which power those batteries.

TMC Chairman and CEO Gerard Barron commented: “We are pleased to be working hand in hand with such a forward-thinking organization as the UAW to enable large-scale domestic metal processing and refining facilities in the United States. The UAW has nearly a century of collective bargaining experience in the automotive industry and has earned a reputation for protecting workers, protecting the environment, and fighting for justice. From making the very first contribution to set up Earth Day to its active position in the Civil Rights Movement, the UAW has an impressive record of leadership on social and environmental issues.”

Nasdaq-listed TMC is the only nodule exploration contract holder to have defined its metal resources per US SEC standards, identifying enough nickel, cobalt, copper, and manganese in situ in two of the Company’s three exploration areas to electrify 280 million electric vehicles, equivalent to the entire US passenger fleet. Mining.com has ranked TMC’s NORI and TOML contract areas as the #1 and #2 largest undeveloped nickel projects in the world, representing the largest potential alternative to the supply of nickel which is currently dominated by Russian- and Chinese-funded operations. Further, peer-reviewed studies suggest that the responsible collection of polymetallic nodules, which unlike other mineral extraction endeavors, requires no blasting, no drilling, no digging and no forced or child labor, can significantly compress the planetary impacts of metal production including a significant reduction in carbon impacts, solid waste, and the elimination of toxic tailings. The Company is aiming to locate a large-scale processing facility producing battery materials — nickel and cobalt sulfate and copper cathode — in the United States to support a localized battery supply chain.

For years UAW has highlighted the supply chain vulnerabilities for battery metals and semiconductors which severely affect the US auto industry. As metal refining, EV battery material and cell production, and recycling centers that will power the domestic electric automotive industry expand, the UAW maintains the work must be done by workers’ who collectively bargain.

UAW will help ensure that the highly skilled labor necessary to support this sustainable vision has an opportunity to express their voice in the workplace. TMC in turn acknowledges that future processing employees will have the freedom to choose union representation, and it embraces expeditious procedures to determine majority status.

About The Metals Company:

The Metals Company is an explorer of lower-impact battery metals from seafloor polymetallic nodules, on a dual mission: (1) supply metals for the clean energy transition with the least possible negative environmental and social impact and (2) accelerate the transition to a circular metal economy. The Company through its subsidiaries holds exploration and commercial rights to three polymetallic nodule contract areas in the Clarion Clipperton Zone of the Pacific Ocean regulated by the International Seabed Authority and sponsored by the governments of Nauru, Kiribati and the Kingdom of Tonga.

More Info 
Media | media@metals.co
Investors | investors@metals.co

Forward Looking Statements

Certain statements made in this press release are not historical facts but are forward-looking statements for purposes of the safe harbor provisions under The Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Forward-looking statements generally are accompanied by words such as “believe,” “may,” “will,” “estimate,” “continue,” “anticipate,” “intend,” “expect,” “should,” “would,” “plan,” “predict,” “potential,” “seem,” “seek,” “future,” “outlook” and similar expressions that predict or indicate future events or trends or that are not statements of historical matters. The forward-looking statements contained in this press release include, without limitation, statements regarding the location of any processing facilities, as well as the design, use and accuracy of any technology developed by TMC and its partners, agents and/or service providers to support its operations. These forward-looking statements involve significant risks and uncertainties that could cause the actual results to differ materially from those discussed in the forward-looking statements. Most of these factors are outside TMC’s control and are difficult to predict. Factors that may cause such differences include, but are not limited to: regulatory uncertainties and the impact of government regulation and political instability on TMC’s resource activities; changes to any of the laws, rules, regulations or policies to which TMC is subject; the impact of extensive and costly environmental requirements on TMC’s operations; environmental liabilities; the impact of polymetallic nodule collection on biodiversity in the Clarion Clipperton Zone and recovery rates of impacted ecosystems; TMC’s ability to develop minerals in sufficient grade or quantities to justify commercial operations; the lack of development of seafloor polymetallic nodule deposit; uncertainty in the estimates for mineral resource calculations from certain contract areas and for the grade and quality of polymetallic nodule deposits; risks associated with natural hazards; uncertainty with respect to the specialized treatment and processing of polymetallic nodules that TMC may recover; risks associated with collection, development and processing polymetallic nodules; risks associated with TMC’s limited operating history; the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic; risks associated with TMC’s intellectual property and the validity, use and ownership of any new technology or intellectual property subsisting therein; and other risks and uncertainties indicated from time to time in the Company’s Form 10K, dated and filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) on March 25, 2022 , including those under “Risk Factors” therein, and in TMC’s other future filings with the SEC. TMC cautions that the foregoing list of factors is not exclusive. TMC cautions readers not to place undue reliance upon any forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date made. TMC does not undertake or accept any obligation or undertaking to release publicly any updates or revisions to any forward-looking statements to reflect any change in its expectations or any change in events, conditions, or circumstances on which any such statement is based except as required by law.

Yachting: 26th Captains’ Forum, The Industry Seen From Outer Space

A change of perspective on the yachting industry to link deep ocean and outer space

Yachting: 26th Captains’ Forum, The Industry Seen From Outer Space

Special guest was Scott E. Parazynski, former NASA astronaut who drew similarities between the two worlds.

MONACO, Sept. 30, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Under the aegis of the collective Monaco Capital of Advanced Yachting brand and following the 2nd Monaco Smart and Sustainable Marina Rendezvous, Yacht Club de Monaco continues to give voice to luxury yachting players. The day after the traditional Owners Lunch, attended by 90 guests, it was the turn of superyacht captains attending the 26th Captains’ Forum, organised by the Captains’ Club, bringing together 150 captains holding a 3000 certificate, working on superyachts flying the YCM flag. Special guest was Scott E. Parazynski, former NASA astronaut who drew similarities between the two worlds.

“Monaco is the capital of yachting, just like Houston is for space missions,” said Parazynski. “There’s so many corollaries between deep sea yachting and space flight, it’s a very committing environment to be offshore with just the resources that you and your team have. Going to space requires a certain type of preparation. There has to be a balance. You have to be very calm while being extremely focused. It is the same for the captains when they go to sea. I feel some sort of kinship with them because they address many of the same type of problems we face in space,” he explained.

A more virtuous future and a more sustainable industry were some of the key topics being discussed. The only way to successfully go in one direction is to facilitate exchanges between clients, owners, shipyards, architects and designers so they work together on new innovative ideas. “The more people can understand our oceans, the more people we get to experience the oceans and understand the fragility of the ecosystem, the better the planet will be. So by getting young people involved, showing them the beauty, the majesty and the fragility of our planet through yachting, it’s something we need to endorse,” underlined Parazynski .

The change comes through the human factor and younger people. “The yachting industry,” said Craig Coker, captain on M/Y Skyfall (58m), “used to be a job for a lot of people but it’s now a career and we have to bring younger people up and show them what it can potentially be. People now are looking for somewhere to belong, somewhere where they can move up, somewhere where they can develop themselves as a career.” As many leave the industry without having persevered, “you have to give them the opportunity to grow,” Coker pointed out. All the captains agreed new generations need a goal, not just a process to follow: “We mustn’t forget that we are also training tomorrow’s managers,” concluded Dan Smith, M/Y Savannah (84m).

Over a hundred of these attended the event, organised in partnership with Jutheau Husson and Oceanco. MB92 Group wanted to join the latter two in the Captains’ Club, keen to strengthen its collaboration with YCM and its emphasis on networking as a link with these professionals who have a pivotal role to play in the yachting chain. This Captains’ Forum raised the debate bar high in thinking way outside the box.

For more information:

LaPresse SpA Communication and Press Office Director
Barbara Sanicola barbara.sanicola@lapresse.it

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Philips shareholders appoint Roy Jakobs as next President and Chief Executive Officer

September 30, 2022

Amsterdam, the Netherlands – Royal Philips (NYSE: PHG, AEX: PHIA) announced that today’s Extraordinary General Meeting of Shareholders (EGM) appointed Roy Jakobs as the company’s next President and Chief Executive Officer, effective October 15, 2022, succeeding current President and Chief Executive Officer Frans van Houten.

“I am very pleased that Roy Jakobs has been appointed today as the next CEO of Philips,” said Feike Sijbesma, Chairman of the Supervisory Board of Royal Philips. “On behalf of the entire Supervisory Board, I would like to thank Frans for successfully leading Philips’ transformation into a focused, global solutions leader in health technology. We are convinced that Roy is the right successor to lead Philips’ efforts to help improve the health and well-being of people globally, and further shape the company for increased value creation for shareholders and all other stakeholders.”

“I have enjoyed and feel deeply privileged for having been given the opportunity to shape Philips onto a path of future relevance as we embraced health and healthcare innovation as our company focus,” said Frans van Houten, CEO of Royal Philips. “Much has been achieved in the past 12 years and I want to thank the many passionate, talented colleagues who have made this possible. Nevertheless,  much remains to be done, and this will now be the task of the Executive Committee under the leadership of my successor. I wish Roy and the team much success.”

“I am honored to be appointed as the next CEO of Philips, and together with our Philips colleagues continue to help improve people’s health and well-being with meaningful innovations,“ said Roy Jakobs, incoming CEO of Royal Philips. “Philips is a unique company with a strong brand, more than 130 years of innovation power and a bright future as a leader in health technology solutions. I look forward to leading the company in a transparent way, empowering our people as we address the current challenges, while also shaping the next chapter of Philips.”

Additional information on the composition of Philips’ Board of Management and the Executive Committee can be found here.

For more information about the EGM, please click on this link.

For further information, please contact:

Elco van Groningen
Philips Global Press Office
Tel.: +31 6 8103 9584
E-mail: elco.van.groningen@philips.com

Derya Guzel
Philips Investor Relations
Tel.: +31 20 59 77055
E-mail: derya.guzel@philips.com

About Royal Philips
Royal Philips (NYSE: PHG, AEX: PHIA) is a leading health technology company focused on improving people’s health and well-being, and enabling better outcomes across the health continuum – from healthy living and prevention, to diagnosis, treatment and home care. Philips leverages advanced technology and deep clinical and consumer insights to deliver integrated solutions. Headquartered in the Netherlands, the company is a leader in diagnostic imaging, image-guided therapy, patient monitoring and health informatics, as well as in consumer health and home care. Philips generated 2021 sales of EUR 17.2 billion and employs approximately 79,000 employees with sales and services in more than 100 countries. News about Philips can be found at www.philips.com/newscenter.

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FBI Joins Australian Hunt for Data Hackers

Australia has asked the American FBI to help catch computer hackers responsible for one of Australia’s biggest data breaches. Personal details, including home addresses, driver license and passport numbers, of more than 10 million customers of the Singapore-owned telecom giant Optus were stolen.
A massive amount of personal information about Optus customers in Australia was stolen and an extortion threat made to the company. But then there was an apparent twist. An apology was issued on an online forum by an account that investigators believe belonged to the alleged hacker, who had been unnerved by the attention the case had generated.
“Too many eyes,” it read. “We will not sale (sic) data to anyone. Sorry to 10.2m Australians whose data was leaked. Ransom not paid but we don’t care anymore.”
The Australian government has blamed Optus, one of the biggest telecommunications companies in the country, for the breach. Australia’s cybersecurity minister, Clare O’Neil, said the company had made it easy for hackers to get in.
“What is of concern for us is how what is quite a basic hack was undertaken on Optus,” she said. “We should not have a telecommunications provider in this country which has effectively left the window open for data of this nature to be stolen.”
But Optus Chief Executive Officer Kelly Bayer Rosmarin denied the company’s cyber defenses were inadequate. She said the data was encrypted and there were multiple layers of protection. But for many Optus customers, there is deep anxiety that their personal information has been compromised.
The FBI has joined the hunt for the Optus data thieves.
Frank Montoya Jr, a former FBI special agent, told the Australian Broadcasting Corp. that a foreign government could be involved.
“We try to determine if it is a nation state or if it is a criminal enterprise,” he said. “Now, that can be a challenge, too, because sometimes the nation state is the criminal enterprise, and I think of North Korea, for instance, and how they go after these databases for various reasons. But sometimes it is just about selling it on the dark web so they can get access to hard currency.”
Australian cyber security experts have warned that unless companies do more to protect their customers’ personal information, a data breach like the Optus theft could happen again.

Source: Voice of America