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Hazard and Event Risks:

  • On May 14, approximately 10,000 to 12,000 people, mostly women, gathered outside the home of a steel mill owner who was distributing alms ahead of Ramadan in the district of Chittagong, southeast Bangladesh.
  • Per media reports on Friday,, the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo has reached urban areas. The virus has been detected in Mbandaka, the north-west city comprising of nearly 1.2 million people.
  • In Colombia last week, Puerto Valdivia authorities in the northwestern department of Antioquia confirmed that at least 544 people were evacuated after the Cauca River overflowed and destroyed some houses and damaged public infrastructure.

Market and Economic Risks

  • On May 14, 2018, U.S.-based clothing and accessories retailer Gap apologized for the “unintentional error” of selling t-shirts reportedly with an incorrect map of China and assured “rigorous reviews” to prevent a repeat of the incident.
  • Per reports from Italy, negotiations between the 5-Star Movement and the far-right League parties are coming to an end, and the two parties will highly likely form a governing coalition.
  • In a report published on May 13, 2018, the UK National Crime Agency (NCA) has warned UK businesses that they are likely to encounter more corrupt markets and criminal business approaches as they try to expand their business operations outside of the European market.

Technology and Information Risks

  • Per media reports on May 17, 2018, three critical flaws have been detected in the Cisco Digital Network Architecture (DNA) Center, an open, software-driven platform that integrates innovations in networking software.
  • Per media reports, users of the Pretty Good Privacy (PGP) and Secure/Multipurpose Internet Mail Extensions (S/MIME) have been warned of critical vulnerabilities.'
  • On May 16, cyber-security researchers at Motherboard revealed that Securus, a company known for allowing law enforcement customers to live track any phone in the U.S., has been hacked.
  • On May 14, 2018, the Bank of Mexico (Banxico) acknowledged that in recent days a cyber-attack affected the banking operations in the country. The head Banxico said during a press briefing that "with the information we have so far, we can say that it was a cyber-attack against the application that connects banks in Mexico with Banxico's interbank transfer system (SPEI)."

Operational and Physical Risks

  • Per media reports, over 120 people were kidnapped along the Birnin Gwari-Kaduna road in Kaduna state in northern Nigeria during May 11-15, 2018.
  • On May 14, 2018, Ecuador’s new Defense Minister announced that the military command configuration along the border with Colombia would be restructured. From now on there will no longer be a Unified Command, but rather a joint task force that will handle all Ecuadorian military deployments under the command of a general.

May 21, 2018

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