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Hazard and Event Risks 

  • In Mexico last week, open sources reported that a wildfire had destroyed over 6,100acres of the Sian’Kan Protected Natural Area in the state of Quintana Roo
  • As reported on last week, four members of the Shi’ite Islamic Movement of Nigeria have been killed, 30 injured, and 50 are missing, after clashes with the police in three cities. 
  • Hong Kong’s executive Carrie Lam said last week that the demonstrators with whom police clashed over the weekend were rioters, and that she supports the police in dealing with them as such. 

Operational and Physical Risks

  • In Zimbabwe representatives from workers’ unions protested last week outside the offices for the country’s Finance and Labor Ministries.
  • As reported last week, pirates operating in the Gulf of Guinea boarded the Turkish cargo ship Paksoy-1 as it transited the area heading to Cameroon.
  • Hurricane Barry made landfall last week in the U.S. as a Category 1 storm. 

Technology and Information Risks

  • As reported on last week, a hacker or hacker group was able to retrieve personal details from the National Revenue Agency, a department of the Bulgarian Ministry of Finance, and emailed download links to the stolen data to local news.
  • Open sources recently reported that the public administration of La Porte County,Indiana had to pay approximately 130,00 U.S. Dollars in Bitcoin to malicious actors who successfully infected its networks using the Ryuk ransomware.
  • As reported on last week in the U.S, Sprint – a mobile network operator– recently confirmed and informed its clients that unidentified hackers gained access to sensitive information

Market and Economic Risks

  • The Foreign Policy Center recently presented a report detailing serious economic and social difficulties currently affecting Turkmenistan.
  • Last week, Palestinian refugees in Beirut protested against the government’s decision of imposing new labor laws that affect Palestinians. 
  • The Turkish government received the first shipment of the Russian S-400 missile defense system in Ankara against the U.S. warnings. 

July 22, 2019

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