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Hazard & Event Risk:

– Per reports last week, the police in Aceh province, a semi-autonomous region in northwest Indonesia, “publicly shamed” and detained at least 12 members of the LGBT community; human rights groups have criticized these actions.
– According to the U.S. State Department, 19 U.S. civilians who vacationed in Cuba since September 29, have reported the same sort of experiences and symptoms that U.S. and Canadian diplomats in Havana experienced from late 2016 through August 2017.
– Late last month in Colombia, a police station in the San Jose neighborhood, in the city of Barranquilla, suffered a terrorist attack which left five police officers dead and injured 42 others.

Technology & Information Risk:

– Per reports on February 1, a zero-day vulnerability in Adobe Flash Player and earlier versions has been exploited by North Korean hackers to target individuals in South Korea who are allegedly researching on the country. 
– Facebook announced that it will begin banning advertisements for cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin and Ethereum, as well as ads for initial coin offerings. 
– TechTimes has published an article which announced the discovery of a bug in Cisco’s Adaptive Security Software WebVPN. All devices connected to the VPN network are vulnerable, as attackers are able to reset, send codes, and take complete control of the equipment.

Operational & Physical Risk:

– On February 1, violent protests were reported in Seoul, ahead of the 2018 Winter Olympic Games that are to be held in the city from starting this Thursday.
– German automotive manufacturer Volkswagen has suspended one of its executives, Thomas Steg, following reports that the company was financing the research of diesel emissions tests on monkeys.
– Per reports on January 31, 2018, Interpol circulated a list, drafted by its general secretariat, of 50 suspected Islamic State (IS) fighters that are likely seeking to reach other European countries through Italy.

Market & Economic Risk:

– Per reports on January 30, Pakistan’s Defence Minister said that Islamabad is considering a “regional recalibration” of its foreign and security policy following the U.S. decision to cut security aid to the country on January 4.
– Last week, Alex Azar was sworn in as the new Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) in the White House by Vice President Mike Pence.
– On January 30, 2018, Amazon, Berkshire Hathaway, and JP Morgan Chase announced a partnership to provide healthcare without profit-based incentives or limitations. The group plans to focus on lowering healthcare costs, increase transparency, and simplifying healthcare.

Week of February 5, 2018

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