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DDoS attacks grew shorter, more complex and persistent in Q1 2017, new report suggests

May 23, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks in the first quarter of 2017 were growing shorter, more complex and persistent, according to a new report released on Monday. Redwood Shores, Calif.-based Imperva released on Monday its 2017 Q1 Global DDoS Threat

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PERILS discloses second loss estimate of 249 million euros for windstorm Thomas

May 23, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

PERILS AG has disclosed a second loss estimate for windstorm Thomas of 249 million euros, up from its initial loss estimate of 213 million euros on April 6. Windstorm Thomas, also known as Doris, affected the British Isles, Netherlands, Belgium

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Allied World board members concerned in 2016 with ‘protracted negotiations’ with un-named prospective buyer: SEC filing

May 23, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Six months before announcing its proposed acquisition by Toronto-based Fairfax Financial Holdings Ltd., commercial insurer Allied World Assurance Company Holdings AG received an offer letter from an un-named prospective buyer for $48 a share, recently-released documents indicate. Fairfax and Zug,

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Resource risk top concern for wind energy sector: GCube Underwriting

May 23, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Resource risk has surpassed mechanical and electrical breakdown to become the number one potential source of financial losses for onshore wind energy developers, owners and operators globally, suggests a new report from GCube Underwriting Ltd. Despite continued development and improvement

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Tornadoes suspected in violent N.B. storm: ‘It came without any notice’

May 19, 2017 by The Canadian Press

SHIPPAGAN, N.B. – Authorities suspect a violent storm that hit New Brunswick suddenly late Thursday, ripping roofs apart and pulling down utility poles, may have been powered by tornadoes. “They were expecting some thundershowers, but nothing of that magnitude so

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IBC, Edmonton Police Service and RCMP join forces on campaign about rising auto theft rates in Edmonton

May 19, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

The Insurance Bureau of Canada (IBC), Edmonton Police Service (EPS) and the RCMP are partnering to launch an educational campaign on rising auto theft rates in Edmonton. The campaign, titled Lock Out Auto Theft, consists of a website, social media

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“Slow but steady” trend in take-up rates among U.S. cyber insurance clients: Council of Insurance Agents & Brokers

May 19, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

There is a “slow but steady” trend in take-up rates among cyber insurance clients and prices continue to stabilize, according to a recent survey from the Council of Insurance Agents & Brokers (CIAB) in Washington, DC. When it comes to

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Nuclear energy producers, alcohol manufacturers excluded from new AIG mutual fund

May 19, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Investors wanting to keep their money out of nuclear energy, the arms industry or alcohol manufacturers are being targetted by American International Group Inc., which announced Thursday it is marketing a new dividend mutual fund. New York City-based AIG announced

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Hurricanes and typhoons could be monitored from hundreds of miles away, possibly leading to better forecasts: study

May 19, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Hurricanes and typhoons could be monitored from hundreds of miles away with relatively inexpensive instruments like barometers and anemometers, much like earthquakes are monitored by seismometers, a new study has found. The study, titled Spiral Gravity Waves Radiating from Tropical

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Technology advances to change insurance value chain, offers chance to reboot

May 19, 2017 by Angela Stelmakowich

Technology advances will likely affect – perhaps even eliminate – some current roles in the insurance value chain, but should be regarded as an opportunity to focus more on value-added services and getting a seat at the table where new

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Environment and Climate Change Canada releases technical paper on proposed federal carbon pricing options

May 19, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Environment and Climate Change Canada (ECCC) has released a technical paper outlining a proposed federal carbon pricing option for provinces that choose not to have their own system in place in 2018. A backgrounder from ECCC referenced the Pan-Canadian approach

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Child restraint systems in commercial aviation should be mandatory: TSB

May 19, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

The use of child restraint systems should be mandatory on commercial aircraft in Canada, the Transportation Safety Board of Canada reiterated Thursday in a report on an accident that injured 25. No child restraint systems were used (nor were they