Hackers selling Chinese customer data related to banking & insurance sector: China’s banking and insurance regulator

On Wednesday, China’s banking and insurance regulator stated, it had detected sales of customer data from the insurance and banking sector by overseas criminals. It did not elaborate or specify how many individuals had been affected. During a briefing, Huang Hong, the vice chairman of the China Banking and Insurance Regulatory Commission said, the data…

Indian digital payments giant Paytm valued at $16 billion in latest funding round

On Monday, Paytm, an Indian digital payments company stated it has raised fresh funds totaling to $1 billion from a group of investors which includes existing backers such as SoftBank’s Vision Fund and China’s Ant Financial Services. The funding round saw Paytm being valued at $16 billion. A fresh investment in Paytm by Japan’s SoftBank’s…

Grab unveils major investment plans for Vietnam

Ride-hailing firm Grab plans on investing “several hundred million dollars” in Vietnam since it sees the country as its next growth market. Grab unveilled the plan just weeks after it disclosed a $2 billion investment plan for Indonesia. The proposed investment plan marks Vietnam as one of Asia’s fastest growing economy and underscores Grab’s eagerness…

All insurance policies should provide clarity on cyber attacks: Lloyds Bank

A coordinated global cyber attack could cause economic damage anywhere between $85 billion and $193 billion. Britain’s retail and commercial banking giant Lloyds Bank Plc stated, all insurance and reinsurance policies should clearly state whether they will cover losses caused by a cyber attack; this would be in the best interest of customers and brokers.…

Alphabet Inc’s Waymo the first company to get license to test self-driving cars without backup driver

The development marks a milestone in the testing of autonomous automated vehicles. In a significant development, California’s Department of Motor Vehicles stated, Alphabet Inc’s Waymo unit has been awarded a permit to test driverless vehicles without a backup driver in the front seat. Waymo is the first company to receive such a permit from California’s…

Insurance for bitcoins – a nascent industry

Weighed down by cyber heists, insurers are gingerly tip toeing around the bitcoin business. Despite daunting challenges and the volcanic volatility of cryptocurrencies, global insurers, including Mitsui Sumitomo Insurance, XL Catlin and Chubb, are increasingly being drawn against swinging prices of cryptocurrencies and are starting to offer protection against thefts. Although, so far, their efforts…

French insurer AXA confirms commitments to 2020 financials midst management reshuffle

While confirming AXA sticking to it’s financial targets for 2016-2020, CEO, Thomas Buberl, has unveiled an intrinsic operating model that simplifies and refocuses the firms resources so as to boost shareholder’s value. On Tuesday, French insurer AXA confirmed that it was on on the path to meet its key 2020s financial targets thus extending the…