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Hazard and Event Risks 

  • As reported last week, authorities the state of Quintana Roo, Mexico found the decapitated body of an agent of the Secretary of Public Security of the State. Operational and Physical Risks.
  • Last week, more than 5,086 wildfires in Indonesia have caused a toxic fog throughout Southeast Asia.
  • In Turkey, a bomb blast hit a police bus last week in the southern city of Adana, near the Mediterranean coast. 

Operational and Physical Risks

  • As reported on last week, California’s troubled utility Pacific Gas & Electric has begun shutting down power grid sections in fire-prone areas during periods of high temperatures and low humidity in combination with high winds. 
  • At least 600,000 Thomas Cook customers were stranded abroad, after the bankruptcy of the world's oldest travel firm.
  • Last week, the U.S. National Transportation Safety Board, published recommendations it has made to the Federal Aviation Administration in its investigations of theLion Air 737 MAX crash in Indonesia and the crash of Ethiopian Airlines’ 737MAX, which together killed 346 people.

Technology and Information Risks

  • As reported last week, security researchers at Palo Alto Networks Unit 42 threat intelligence division identified a hacker campaign active since May 2019, which targets transportation and shipping firms that operate in the Persian Gulf. 
  • As also reported last week, the iPhones and Android devices from high-profile Tibetans were hacked by a group called Poison Carp from November 2018 to May 2019.
  • WeWork Manhattan has been using an open WiFi network which has been exposing sensitive data since 2015, as reported last week.  

Market and Economic Risks

  • In Hong Kong, it was reported last week that several airlines are urging the government to implement temporary operating expenses to compensate them for the economic losses they have been suffering as a result of the protests. 
  • Last week, it was reported that the Nigerian government banned the sale of imported milk across the country in order to support local producers. 
  • Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman stated in an interview last week that the 2018 killing of Jamal Khashoggi is his responsibility “because it happened under my watch.”

September 30, 2019

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