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Operational and Physical Risks

  • Per reports on June 14, 2018, French authorities aim to tackle contamination caused by cigarette butts.
  • According to a C.D. Howe Institute research study titled “Assessing Canada’s Drug Shortage Problem”, one in ten medicines in Canada have been affected by shortages since 2016.

Hazard and Event Risks

  • Per reports, in a security alert posted on June 8, 2018, the U.S. Embassy in Mozambique advised U.S. citizens not to go to or leave the city of Palma in the northern Cabo Delgado Province due to the risk of impending militant attacks.
  • On June 8 in Mexico, political candidate Fernando Puron Johnson was shot outside the Autonomous University of Coahuila's auditorium in the city of Piedras Negras city at Sonora estate after an official debate.
  • Per reports last week from Cambodia, supporters of the main opposition party that was dissolved, the Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP), are calling for demonstrations in the U.S., Japan, Europe, and South Korea over Japan’s support for the Cambodian national election scheduled to be held on July 29.

Technology and Information Risks

  • Recently, cyber-security company Trend Micro found a new version of the KillDisk malware targeting organizations in Latin America.
  • On June 8, 2018, ESET security researchers confirmed that they discovered a new and rarely used malware strain, InvisiMole. The complex piece of spyware has only been found on a few dozen computers in Russia and Ukraine.
  • On June 12, 2018, 91% of Vietnamese lawmakers voted in favor of a cyber-security law amid violent nationwide protests against its approval. Per the law that will take effect from January 1, 2019, technology companies such as Google and Facebook will have to store data in Vietnam, open local offices, and remove content termed “offensive” by the government within 24 hours of being ordered to.
  • Per reports on June 12, 2018, the recently discovered cryptocurrency miner malware, “PyRoMineIoT” is misusing a National Security Agency-linked remote code execution exploit to spread as well as to use infected machines to scan for vulnerable Internet of Things (IoT) devices.

Market and Economic Risks

  • Per media reports on June 14, 2018, the exemption of value added tax (VAT) for petroleum products in Kenya will come to an end in 2018.
  • According to the latest Bloomberg report, the expectations of annual economic growth for Latin America published by the International Monetary Fund (IMF) at the beginning of 2018 could fall in the coming months.

June 18, 2018

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