World AM News Briefs For Monday, 15 May 2017
Good Morning Australia!! - Australian business faces a big test today in the global ransomware attack - France's Macron predicts big things as he takes office - North Korea is still bad at missiles - And more in your Careerspot Global News Briefs:
The global ransomware attack is expected to get worse as workers around the world return to their computers and find out they've been infected. "People going back to work on Monday may switch on their computers and see their systems have been impacted," said Alastair MacGibbon, cyber security advisor to the PM as quoted by ARN News. "We have one likely incident which is being investigated but we believe there could be more out there." The confirmed infection is reportedly not a large company nor in healthcare, unlike the problem at the UK's National Health which had to cancel operations and outpatient treatments because of the disaster in its IT system. Indonesia reports problems as well.
Europol Director Rob Wainwright said a an international investigation will be necessary to track down the culprits: "It is unlikely to be just be one person, I think," Wainright told Britain's ITV. The fast-moving "WannaCry" malware started hitting on Friday and infected at least 200,000 computers and systems around the world, locking them down unless victims paid a ransom of AU$400 in Bitcoins. It takes advantage of a fault in the Windows operating system which had already been identified and for which Microsoft already offered security patches that would have prevented an attack. The moral of the story: Keep your systems updated with the latest patches.
Unlike so many of its recent missile tests, North Korea's missile launch on Sunday was less of a failure than usual: The missile launched from north-western Kusong managed to reach an altitude of 2,000 kilometers and travel 700 kilometers before self-destructing and dunking into the Sea of Japan, closer to Russia than to Japan. Some observers believe it could be the "mystery missile" displayed in a military parade in Pyongyang last month, and others believe that it could be capable of reaching Hawaii (if it worked). Either way, no one is happy about it: The US says Kim Jong-un will not get a meeting with Donald Trump if he keeps launching missiles; South Korea's newly elected President Moon Jae-in, who is seeking deeper engagement with the North, said it was a "reckless provocation".
France's new and youngest President Emmanuel Macron at his inauguration promised to restore France's standing as a world leader and his presidency would "give the French back the confidence to believe in themselves". He also vowed to see the EU "reformed and relaunched" during his time in office. "The world and Europe need more than ever France, and a strong France, which speaks out loudly for freedom and solidarity," he declared, predicting the country was on the verge of a "great renaissance".
German Chancellor Angela Merkel's center-right Christian Democrats unseated the Social Democrats in regional elections in North Rhine-Westphalia. The contest is seen as a harbinger of national elections set for September.
Tens of thousands of Muscovites took an incredible risk to protest the planned destruction of thousands of Soviet-era housing units known as "Khrushchevki", so named for the former Soviet leader who spearheaded the post-war housing drive. Cruddy and decrepit, the people want to keep their homes because they believe they're getting shafted on resettlement plans and not being properly compensated for their properties. President Vladimir Putin backs Moscow Mayor Sergei Sobyanin's multi-billion dollar reconstruction program, which critics allege is rife with corruption.
Nicaraguan authorities report no casualties in a massive fire that swept through dozens of stalls of an old school marketplace in Managua. Shopkeepers and market workers rushed to save what they could before losing it all to the flames, which kept firefighters busy for more than four hours.
Ivory Coast's military is moving to put down a rebellion by troops who cut off key roads in and out of several cities. Popular sentiment is running against the rebellious troops, culminating in a march against the soldiers in the country's second largest city.