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Hazard and Event Risks 

  • Bangladesh political campaigns turned violent last week during the second official day when police officers attacked citizens with pellet guns and mobs went after rival candidates.
  • In Thailand, the Phuket Public Health Office recently reported that the chikungunya cases in the southern provinces of Thailand quadrupled from 538 to2,143 in one month.

Operational and Physical Risks

  • Last week, local media reported that recent heavy rains have resulted in serious flooding in Vietnam's central region. 
  • As reported recently in the UK, the Rail, Maritime, and Transport union has informed of further industrial actions that will take place on December 27 and 31. 
  • Navistar International issued a recall order last week for 20,916 trucks due to a malfunction in the clutch. 

Technology and Information Risks

  • As reported recently, multiple banks in Europe have been attacked from inside the network by various electronic devices that are connected directly to the company’s infrastructure.
  • Last week, a series of bomb threats were sent to schools and businesses throughout the United States. 
  • Earlier this month, cyber-security researchers discovered an unprotected MongoDB database that appeared to expose the scraped data of 66 million individuals. 

Market and Economic Risks

  • Last week in Mexico, the National Commission for Hydrocarbons announced the cancellation of two public oil tenders scheduled for February 2019. 
  • The Chinese Association of Automobile Manufacturers revealed last week that China’s automobile sales fell almost 14% in November compared to the same period last year; the most significant drop in more than six years in the world's largest vehicle market.
  • Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan announced that his country would begin a new military operation in Syria. 

December 17, 2018

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