Halmud's government has begun to strike back, or so the tales go. People being arrested at night, army raids on stores, banks being appropriated by the council. If the stories are true then anyone who is considered an outsider by the high council took heavy hits, New Morradin being at the top of the list but also a lot of companies and businesses that weren't considered "allied" to the council.
Best guess? Halmud's leadership is trying to consolidate control, weed out trouble, they're getting ready for something. I'm worried something might happen when they and everyone else find out The Verge has breached a major facility. Numenera is power, and everyone is going to want a piece of it.