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Hazard and Event Risks

  • Last week, five people were reported killed in India-administered Kashmir, making it the deadliest day since its special status was removed on August 5.

Operational and Physical Risks

  • At least 25 people have been killed, around 166 others injured, and dozens more are missing after Typhoon Hagibis hit Japan.
  • Late last week, it was announced that Royal Mail, one of the most important postal services in the UK, has decided to go on strike.
  • Protests in Barcelona over the verdict on alleged Catalan separatists resulted in clashes with the police at El Prat Josep Tarradellas Airport (BCN).

Technology and Information Risks

  • The personal information of more than 250,000 users of the Dutch website Hookers.nl, a popular website among clients of sex workers, was compromised as the site was hacked using a bug in its chat room software.
  • Samsung announced it would fix the issue of Galaxy S10’s malfunctioning fingerprint recognition after a user claimed on October 13 to the Sun newspaper that a gel cover to protect her device would allow any fingerprint to unlock the phone.
  • Dark Reading has reported on a study by Kaspersky Labs examining internet of things (IoT) attacks through the first half of 2019.
  • The Hacker News recently announced the discovery of a vulnerability in Linux operating systems which allows users to access systems as root.

Market and Economic Risks

  • Last week, the government of Mexico deported 311 Indian nationals to New Delhi, India.
  • On October 13, Jorge Capitanich was elected by a landslide as governor of Chaco Province.
  • The head of the Nigerian Customs Service confirmed he had closed the land borders for all goods movement into or out of the country, in order “to ensure that we have total control over what comes in.”

October 21, 2019

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