Recovery of Ransom by Feds

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According to the Washington Post, federal authorities have recovered more than two million dollars in cryptocurrency paid in ransom to foreign hackers whose attack last month led to the shutdown of a major pipeline that provides nearly half the East Coast’s fuel, according to officials. Questions: What is the name of the hacker ring? How… Read more »

An Attack on the Wallets of Meatlovers

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Four weeks after the Russian hack on Colonial Pipelines, the world’s largest beef supplier has been hit with a ransomware attack, threatening some of the U.S. meat supply. Questions: Who is the company and how many facilities do they maintain? How much was paid to Russian hackers from Colonial Pipelines? What might be the effect… Read more »

One of the First Major Companies to Mandate

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According to Reuters, Delta Air Lines will require all new hires in the United States to be vaccinated against COVID-19. Questions: Does the requirement affect current employees? What will be the restriction for employees that are not vaccinated? How do you believe that this requirement will affect Delta’s bottom line? Discuss your thought concerning this policy…. Read more »

Debt Disclosure Problems

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According to the New York Times, Greensill Capital promised a win-win for buyers and sellers, until it all fell apart, igniting concerns about opaque accounting practices. Questions: How much was Greensill valued at less than 2 years ago? Explain how Greensill’s problems extend to the U.S. Explain Mr. Greensill’s position in the firm as the… Read more »

Theaters making a BIG comeback

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According to the Washington Post, Mooky Greidinger, the chief executive of Cineworld, believes that really bright days are ahead of the movie theater industry. Questions What is the theatrical window and how does it impact the U.S. movie theater industry? What is delaying the quick comeback of movie theaters in Europe? How is Cineworld and… Read more »

Redemption for Volkswagen

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According to the New York Times, executives at Volkswagen made a commitment to electric vehicles that now is paying off after the diesel scandal five years ago. Questions: According to the article, what is the ID.4 and when will it be available to customers? Why did the article say that Volkswagen’s entrance into the electric… Read more »

SEC moves toward ESG disclosure enforcement

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According to Accounting Today, the SEC has formed a Climate and ESG Task Force in its enforcement division to identify misconduct in environmental, social and governance reporting. Questions: How are accounting firms putting more emphasis on ESG issues? What initiatives are taking place in the area of standard setting? What has a recent study found… Read more »

Not a Very Magical Kingdom

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According to the Washington Post, COVID-19 continued to hammer Disney in the final months of 2020, with the company’s revenue dropping 22 percent over the holiday period and a much smaller profit than usual. Questions Was the revenue better or worse for October to December 2021 than analysts predicted and by how much? What was Disney’s… Read more »

Investigation into the Appearance of Wrongdoing

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A finding that Leon Black, the billionaire boss of Apollo Global Management, paid the convicted sex offender $150 million. This touched off an attempt to remove him. Questions: What is Apollo Global Management? Who tried to unseat Leon Black as CEO? What act of contrition does Black plan for his role in giving money to… Read more »

Not Good News?

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According to the New York Times, unfortunately, European governments have extended national programs to keep troubled businesses afloat, but the aid may only be postponing the inevitable demise and ultimately making things worse in the future. Questions: According to the article, this recession in France and other European countries is the worst since when? If… Read more »