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Technology & Information Risks

  • Per media reports, the newly discovered ransomware called AVCrypt tries to uninstall existing security software before encrypting files on the targeted computer.
  • Cyber-security experts from Trustwave found that the jRAT backdoor uses crypter services hosted on the dark web to avoid detection.
  • Infosec Security Corporation has discovered a bug in the Apple iOS Camera QR-reader that may be turned into a vulnerability.

Market & Economic Risks

  • Russian companies that have been subjected to sanctions following the Crimean annexation in 2014 have been found to have connections to Ireland.
  • Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced last week that the Canada Border Services Agency will be endowed with greater power to prevent exporters from routing metal shipments to the U.S. through Canada.
  • South Korean law firm Hannuri Law has filed a lawsuit on behalf of more than 60,000 local consumers against Apple Inc. and Apple Korea for “intentionally slowing down older iPhones.”
  • In Argentina, the Federation of Oil Product Workers, Cotton Workers, and Argentinian Republic Workers Union declared that the union is preparing to go on strike in case their demands are not met in the conciliation meeting scheduled for Wednesday this week.

Operational & Physical Risks

  • In the United States, Parkland Florida student activist David Hogg, from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School where a gunman shot and killed 17 students in on February 14th, announced future protest plans, including an April 20 school walkout to mark the anniversary of the 1999 Columbine High School shooting.
  • Last week in Southern China, at least 26 suspects were arrested for using drones to smuggle refurbished smartphones worth 79.8 million US dollars from Hong Kong to Shenzhen.
  • In Colombia, local media reported that the tension between the National Liberation Army (ELN) and the Popular Liberation Army (EPL) guerrilla groups has increased in recent days in Catatumbo region.

Hazard & Event Risks

  • Last week in China, the air quality reached hazardous levels as smog and sandstorms covered Beijing.
  • The United States Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has updated the status of the yellow fever alert issued on March 16 to Alert Level 2, recommending vaccinations for those living and traveling to Brazil.

April 2, 2018

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