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Hazard and Event Risks 

  • Last week in Mexico, multiple homicides were reported in Las Virginias Bar located near the tourist area of Playa del Carmen, in Quintana Roo State.
  • In Argentina, a Hantavirus outbreak was reported last week at Epuyen Town in the province of Chubut, located in the Patagonia region. 
  • Bangladeshi garment workers staged demonstrations in Dhaka and industrial towns on the outskirts of the capital last week. 

Operational and Physical Risks

  • In India, at least 10 central trade unions held a two-day strike last week against the policies for workers adopted by the government. 
  • Recently, the Bureau of Foreign Affairs of the United States Department of State announced that a new Travel Advisory for Americans heading to China had been declared. 
  • In North America last week, Toyota issued a recall of 1.7 million vehicles due to a problem detected in the front seat airbag system. 

Technology and Information Risks

  • In Mexico, the Federal Ministerial Police PFM issued a cyber-security alert last week about the propagation of a link in the instant messaging app, WhatsApp that steals personal information from smartphones. 
  • In the United States, Titan Manufacturing and Distributors, Inc. announced last week that unidentified cyber-attackers were able to hack its systems and installed a malware, which allowed them to extract customers’ data even though the company does not keep records of it. 
  • Cyber-security experts confirmed last week that a campaign of malicious advertisement targets users of Peer-To-Peer sites to deploy multiple threats. 

Market and Economic Risks

  • In Mexico, CitiBanamex Bank warned last week that if fuel distribution and availability issues continue during the following days, several industries could face an increase in prices. 
  • Last week, a group of Japanese automobile workers’ unions announced that they would be seeking individual pay raises which would be different for each union instead of a unified base pay raise as it has been done in recent years. 
  • Officials from The Netherlands last week publicly denounced Iran’s Ministry of Intelligence for carrying out two assassinations on Dutch soil. 

January 14, 2019

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