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In this edition, the following key global security issues are reviewed based on Pinkerton's four quadrants of risk

Hazard and Event Risks

U.S. state department has issued an updated travel warning for U.S. citizens heading to Mexico due to increased violence. - according to a new study, about 60 million people in Pakistan are at “high risk” of arsenic poisoning from contaminated groundwater.

Technology and Information Risks

A security report suggests that Turla, a Russian-linked cyber-espionage group, has been using a new malware dropper. The U.S. has officially initiated investigations into china’s alleged theft of intellectual property. According to media reports, identity theft has reached an “epidemic level,” hence, making online financial assets, and personal and professional information, more vulnerable. Alibaba’s UC browser is under government scrutiny following allegations that the browser is a tool for data theft.

Operational and Physical Risks

Last Tuesday in Columbia, at least 3,000 people were evacuated from nine municipalities in the Choco Department in western Colombia following torrential rains. The U.S. navy has announced that it will conduct a fleet-wide investigation into recent collisions between its ships and other vessels. The announcement comes after the USS  John S. Mccain collided with a tanker ship off the coast of Singapore. Saudi Arabian Airlines recently was unable to transport Qatari haj pilgrims from Doha after Qatar failed to authorize the aircraft to land at the Hamad International Airport.

Market and Economic Risks

Klaipeda, a Lithuanian port on the Baltic Coast, received a shipment of liquefied natural gas (lng) from the United States. This was one of the U.S.’s first deliveries to eastern Europe. - multiple banking sources revealed that the Italian bank Intesa Sanpaolo was having difficulties syndicating an 5.2 billion euro loan (which is the equivalent of 6.1 billion us dollars). The loan will finance the purchase of a stake in the Russian oil company Rosneft and has been disrupted due to recent Russian sanctions.

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