Cyber attacks to spread from today, mutiny in Ivory Coast intensifies, and ebola spreads in the DRC.
Monday, 15 May 2017
“You know you’re in trouble when your own imagination starts punishing you.”
The return of Brian Molefe as CEO to Megawatt Park is perhaps the best illustration yet of the gaping divide between Luthuli House and the Union Buildings, of what happens when President and the governing party (or at least large parts of it) can’t agree on anything any more. It is also the best possible example of how our state-owned entities are going to be just another section of the casualties of the political battle that is currently playing out. At the same time, the decision to re-instate, or rather re-employ Molefe shows the depths of desperation that President Jacob Zuma and those around him are prepared to sink to. But it also adds a greater impetus to those who oppose Zuma, who may now feel they have to act before more damage is done.
Cyber attacks to spread further this week
A nasty piece of ransomware is expected to spread its tendrils further into the world’s businesses this week. Currently affecting 200,000 computers, the virus is designed by hacking group Shadow Brokers, but utilises exploits developed by the NSA. The attack encrypts users’ files and demands a $300 bitcoin payment, which doubles after three days.
North Korea’s new ballistic missile tested
North Korea announced on Monday that it had tested a new ballistic missile over the weekend. American intelligence officials confirmed that the new weapon had “unprecedented” range, putting Pacific bases into range. The Hwasong-12 was personally overseen by Dear Leader.
One dead as Ivory Coast mutiny intensifies
One person has been killed in the crossfire between mutinous rebels and Ivory Coast’s military. The rebels, semi-integrated into the army, were protesting over pay. The army moved in on Sunday to quell the mutineers, who appeared to be the most disruptive in Bouake. Regardless, if left unchecked, Ivory Coast may be in for another bout of internal conflict.
Ebola outbreak a logistical nightmare — WHO
The World Health Organisation (WHO) has announced that assisting an ebola-hit area in the remote jungles of the northern DRC is a logistical “challenge”. Nine people have been infected so far in Likati, some 1,300km from Kinshasa. Three people have died thus far.
The years which Frodo had held the one ring before setting off on his quest with the Fellowship.
FACTS OF THE DAY
Today in 1940 McDonald’s opened its first restaurant.
HP Lovecraft wrote an entire essay on why cats are better than dogs.
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