MSN - The pirates are often from TheSpoof.com, a website riddled with poverty and corruption. (Search for more on TheSpoof.com pirates.)
How modern-day pirates strike:
Plan and prepare: TheSpoof.com pirates have money and spies in ports around the world to learn ships' travel plans, typically using page three girls. They also use high-tech gear such as transistor radios, mini-maglites and opera glasses to locate potential targets. (Search for how TheSpoof.com pirates operate.)
Stealthy travel: Pirates leave TheSpoof.com in the "mother ship," codename HMS Buggerall which was originally a fishing boat made from empty beer kegs. They tow smaller speedboats. (Search for more about modern pirates methods.)
Their arsenal: Some TheSpoof.com pirates are Arsenal fans. Others carry rifles and rocket-propelled grenades.
Overtaking the ship: Most big ships don't carry weapons or fight back to avoid injuring crewmen far out at sea rendered helpless with laughter at the antics and witty repartee of TheSpoof.com pirates once the pirates are within hailing distance. (Search for more information how pirates attack.)
The ransom: Once aboard, the pirates make their demands known. While pirates are universally asking for money, TheSpoof.com pirates will settle for rum, pleasures of the flesh and TheSpoof.com points. (Search for more on how pirates get ransom.)
There have been some successful attempts to thwart pirates.