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Hazard and Event Risks 

  • Last week, a major power outage affected Honduras, Nicaragua, El Salvador, and Guatemala, leaving them partly without electricity. 
  • As reported on last week, Indonesian security forces clashed with a group of armed separatists in the eastern Papua province. 
  • Last week, Libya’s Mitiga International Airport was targeted by drone strikes and rocket fire for a fourth consecutive day. 

Operational and Physical Risks

  • Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro’s information ministry said that the country’s government is considering reintegrating some politicians into the National Assembly, the body which Maduro declared illegitimate after the political opposition gained control in 2017. 
  • In Hong Kong, it was reported last week that despite the police prohibition, thousands of people marched from Causeway Bay and Central areas, located in leading commercial and business districts of the area. 
  • In France, the metro unions organized a significant strike in Paris against planned pension reforms last week.

Technology and Information Risks

  • Open sources reported last week that AdaptiveMobile Security researchers found a spying malware that exploits the SIMalliance Toolbox Browser software of SIM cards in mobile devices worldwide. 
  • Last week, open sources reported that researchers from the Independent Security Evaluators found 125 web application vulnerabilities after testing 13 small office or home office routers and Network Attached Storage devices, potentially affecting millions. 
  • As reported on last week, Malindo Air, a Malaysian subsidiary of Indonesian biggest private airline Lion Air, suffered a massive data breach, which exposed millions of passengers’ personal data from Malaysia and Thailand operations. 

Market and Economic Risks

  • Media outlets reported last week that South Korea likely would announce the removal of Japan from its preferred trading list.
  • In the UK, the Liberal Democrat Party announced last week that if it picks up sufficient votes in a snap election proposed by Prime Minister Boris Johnson, it intends to stop the Brexit process by revoking the Article 50 notice filed with the European Commission inMarch 2017.
  • Hong Kong pro-democracy activists testified at the U.S. Congressional-Executive Commission on China last week to urge legislators to pass the Hong Kong Rights and Democracy Act.

September 23, 2019

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