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Highlights of this week's edition:

Hazard and Event Risks:

  • Last week, U.S. intelligence sources claim that for the first time China has installed anti-ship cruise missiles and surface-to-air missile systems in outposts in the Spratly Islands, South China Sea (SCS) in the last 30 days.
  • According to recent reports, the air quality in Melbourne continued to deteriorate as smoke and haze cover most of the city.
  • According to information released by the World Health Organization (WHO), Venezuela has the largest increase in cases of malaria in the world: the number has increased tenfold since 2010.

Technology and Information Risks:

  • Per reports, a new updated version of the GravityRAT malware evades detection by checking the current central processing unit (CPU) temperature.
  • In recent days, cyber-attackers have tried to penetrate Mexicos electronic payment system. The situation has forced at least three banks to execute contingency plans after suffering several incidents.
  • The Colombian National Police and the Center for Cyber Security have reported the propagation of malware through an allegedly official e-mail from the Department of Immigration of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Operational and Physical Risks

  • Per reports on May 2, several protesters gathered outside the United Nations (UN) regional headquarters in Bangkok against the Thai military government, demanding an end to the intimidation of community activists.
  • Per media reports on April 30, 2018, the ongoing nationwide bus strike in South Africa entered its third week, affecting thousands of commuters.

Market and Economic Risks:

  • India has rejected a request from the U.S. to reconsider its decision of price caps on medical devices. The U.S. had asked India to rethink its stance on price controls on heart stents and knee implants that had adversely affected the market for some U.S. firms.
  • Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir announced last week the closure of 13 overseas diplomatic missions in light of the deepening economic crisis in the country; the staff at seven other diplomatic missions would be reduced to only the ambassador.
  • In Venezuela, Meat merchants of Magdalena Department and from the city of Santa Marta, the department’s capital, have reported severe economic losses due to the presence of counterfeited meat in the local market.

May 7, 2018

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