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Hazard and Event Risks 

  • Last week in Japan, a man driving a minivan rammed into a crowd in Takeshita Street, in the famous Harajuku area in Tokyo; initial reports indicate that the driver told the police that this was a terrorist attack. 
  • Recently in Egypt, an explosion hit a bus carrying 15 Vietnamese tourists in the streets of Cairo, just a few kilometers from the Giza pyramids. 
  • Late last month in the U.S., the Alabama Department of Public Health announced that they are investigating an outbreak of hepatitis A in Jackson County. 

Operational and Physical Risks

  • In Mexico recently, at least 63 gas stations in Morelia, the capital city of Michoacan State, and some other in surrounding communities have faced a shortage of fuel. 
  • In recent days, Spanish media reported that the cabin crew workers of Ryanair threaten to go on strike on January 8, 10, and 13, 2019. 
  • At the end of the year, Peru’s Attorney General announced he would dismiss two of the main prosecutors assigned to the case of corruption by the Brazilian company Odebrecht. 

Technology and Information Risks

  • Recently, the cyber police of Sonora State in Mexico warned about a new phishing method that is being used against Netflix users in Mexico.
  • In Australia, an unidentified attacker gained access to a directory of the Victorian Government; stealing the data of 30,000 local civil servants, per reports last week. 
  • According to a new report that has been issued by the Clearwater Cyber Intelligence Institute, the three most common cyber risks threats that hospitals currently face are user authentication deficiencies, endpoint leakage, and excessive user permissions, which in total constitute almost 40% of all critical risk scenarios. 

Market and Economic Risks

  • Last week, South Korean officials announced that the country possesses intelligence indicating that the top North Korean diplomat to Italy is requesting asylum in a Western country. 
  • In Japan, following a law that was enacted in April 2018, the Japanese government will start collecting this week a departure tax equivalent to almost 10 U.S. dollars for each person leaving the country. 
  • And in out last story this week, the hacker group known as The Dark Overlord recently threatened to release sensitive and confidential information unless they are paid a ransom.

January 07, 2019

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