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Hazard and Event Risks 

  •  Last week, eight coordinated explosions occurred throughout Sri Lanka. 
  • It was reported recently that the Congolese rebel group, Allied Democratic Forces is highly likely to be tied to the Islamic State, as a news agency of IS claimed that the identified terrorist group was responsible for its first attack inBeni, Democratic Republic of the Congo. 
  • Last week in the Philippines, it was reported that a 6.1 magnitude earthquake hit the island of Luzon.

Operational and Physical Risks

  • In Malaysia, a water disruption was announced in Selangor State last week
  • The Urgence Quebec in Canada reported last week that more than 1,500 residents of the province had been evacuated due to six severe floods. 
  • In theU.S., it was reported last week that floodwaters, produced by a storm system affecting western and northern Texas, inundated Dallas Fort Worth’s airport garage and thus affected a dozen parked vehicles.

Technology and Information Risks

  • In recent days, the Mexican Ministry of Foreign Affairs confirmed that the MexicanEmbassy in Guatemala suffered a cyber-attack. 
  • As reported recently, Facebook admitted that from May 2016 to March 2018 it harvested 1.5 million people’s email contacts. 
  • As reported last week, Palo Alto Network Unit 42 researchers noticed hackers could use two vulnerabilities found in Social Warfare, a popular WordPress plugin used to add social share buttons in the website or blog, in order to take control over WordPress websites.

Market and Economic Risks

  • The Ministry of Foreign Affairs stated last week that the slowdown of the U.S.-Mexico border operations due to the reduction of personnel is severely affecting the Mexican and the American economies. 
  • The World Trade Organization stated recently that China’s tariff-rate quotas on agricultural imports such as rice, wheat, and corn are inconsistent with the organization’s rules and restricted trade with the U.S. 
  • Media reports from the UK claimed last week that the British Prime Minister would restrict the commercialization of specific Huawei’s products due to security concerns. 

April 29, 2019

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