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Market & Economic Risk:

– Per reports, the U.S. will continue to withhold military aid worth $288 million to Pakistan as it reviews the “level of cooperation” that Pakistani officials are undertaking to fight terrorism. 
– China has tightened rules on overseas cash withdrawals to clamp down on money laundering, tax evasion, and terrorist financing.
– More information about possibly widening the recall of Ford vehicles was released early last week. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is investigating adding up to 1.4 million Ford vehicles to a 2016 recall. 
– A jury found Turkish banking executive Mehmet Hakan Atilla guilty of facilitating fraudulent commodities transactions for the Iranian government to circumvent U.S. sanctions.

Technology & Information Risk:

– In a report published on January 2, named “Trackmageddon,” researchers claimed that they had found several vulnerabilities in online services of GPS location tracking devices. 
– Indonesia has launched a new cyber-security agency, the National Cyber and Encryption Agency (BSSN), to tackle online religious extremism and fake news on social media. 
– Per reports on January 4,researchers at cyber-security firm Proofpoint discovered a vulnerability in Google Apps Script that would permit hackers to automatically download malware to files hosted on Google Drive. 
– Multiple security researchers have confirmed reports from The Register on January 2 regarding vulnerabilities in most Intel, AMD, and ARM processors.

Hazard & Event Risk:

– In Bolivia,several medical unions have been officially on strike for five weeks to protest a legal measure that, according to them, could be harmful. 
– On January 4, hundreds of Argentinian state workers began a national strike to protest the job dismissals that have been conducted throughout the country.

Operational & Physical Risk:

– In Mexico,, the Federal Police (PF) reported at least 19 highway blockades against the increase of fuel prices.
– The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced that they are investigating an outbreak of E. coli in 13 states.


Week of January 8, 2018

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