Global cyberattack’s impact could get worse–Computers shut down over the weekend may be harboring a ransomware virus ready to attack today as a new workweek kicks in. A massive attack Friday from the “WannaCry” malware crippled more than 20% of hospitals in the United Kingdom and affected more than 200,000 people in 150 countries. The software, which spreads among Windows computers, infects and then locks up, demanding a ransom to be paid in the electronic currency Bitcoin. The virus has changed over the weekend and there is worry that it’ll expand.
France’s new president took office yesterday with a pledge to rebuild the country’s economy and listen to its citizens. Emmanuel Macron’s first international trip as president is scheduled for today: a meeting with German Chancellor Angela Merkel in Berlin. Macron is also expected to appoint his prime minister today.
Texas Senator John Cornyn is on President Trump’s shortlist to replace James Comey as FBI Director. If he is chosen and takes the job, Governor Abbot would choose an interim successor for his Senate seat until November when there would be an election to determine who would fill the rest of Cornyn’s term.
National Police Week is this week. Police departments across the country, including the Austin Police Department, are in Washington, D.C., to remember the lives of law enforcement officers who lost their lives in the line of duty.
Lawmakers running out of time to nail down a school finance plan. Some of the local school districts watching this closely include Lake Travis, Blanco and Lago Vista. Without a fix, a key funding stream will dry up next school year.