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Technology & Information Risks

  • Per reports on April 11, 2018, a new malware, disguised as a browser update, is spreading through hacked websites.
  • Researchers have identified a new threat vector involving insecure radio frequency (RF) communication protocol controls of public emergency threat (siren) systems.
  • On April 12, 2018, a security investigator of the CERT Coordination Center disclosed a vulnerability of Microsoft Outlook.

Operational & Physical Risks

  • A recent article posted in the Journal of Commerce (JOC) stated that the U.S. tariffs on imports from China would impact roughly 7% of the total U.S. container trade with China or a total of 2.5% of total U.S. container trade volume.
  • Per reports on April 9, 2018, the shipping industry is likely to impose carbon emission curbs following reports alleging that international shipping contributes as much carbon dioxide to the environment each year as the whole of Germany.
  • On April 10, 2018, two buildings collapsed in the Imbaba district of the Greater Cairo metropolitan area.

Market & Economic Risks

  • On April 12, 2018, New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced that the country is banning new permits for offshore oil and gas exploration to “protect future generations from climate change.”
  • Per reports, following the acquisition of Uber's operations in Vietnam by Grab, there are concerns that the latter has formed a monopoly in Vietnam.
  • At the end of 2017, the Argentinian government introduced several important amendments to the tax system by reforming the law.

Hazard & Event Risks

  • During a joint press conference in which 43 non-governmental organizations (NGOs) were represented, the leader of the Venezuelan Network of Positive People (RVG +), which is the largest NGO which helps HIV+ patients, announced that the shortage of antiretroviral drugs reached 100% nationwide.

April 16, 2018

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