While You Were Sleeping: 5 stories you might have missed, May 15 edition

Signage is seen outside The Royal London Hospital in London which was hit by Friday's cyberattack.
Signage is seen outside The Royal London Hospital in London which was hit by Friday's cyberattack.PHOTO: AFP

Cyber attack's impact could worsen in 'second wave' of ransomware; Jakarta hospital hit

Security experts are warning that the global cyber attack that began on Friday (May 12) is likely to be magnified in the new workweek as users return to their offices and turn on their computers.

Many workers, particularly in Asia, had logged off on Friday before the malicious software, stolen from the US government, began proliferating across computer systems around the world. So the true effect of the attack may emerge Monday (May 15) as employees return and log in.

Moreover, copycat variants of the malicious software behind the attacks have begun to spread, according to experts.


German Chancellor Angela Merkel's party scores decisive win in key state vote: exit polls

Chancellor Angela Merkel dealt a devastating blow to her main rival on Sunday, four months before national elections, when early results showed her party securing a strong win in a regional vote in Germany's biggest state.

Her Christian Democratic Union (CDU) clinched 34.3 per cent of the vote in North Rhine-Westphalia (NRW), first results showed, snatching control of the sprawling industrial region which has been a Social Democratic Party (SPD) stronghold for decades.

The SPD only managed to garner 30.6 per cent, its worst score in history in the state and sharply down from its 2012 showing of 39.1 per cent, in a serious hit to confidence ahead of general elections in September.


Scientists identify 15-metre creature that washed up on an Indonesian beach

A giant sea creature, possibly with tusks, washed up on a beach in Indonesia last week, freaking out people on the island of Seram and launching a global guessing game to determine what, exactly, it used to be.

As images of the floating carcass rocketed around the internet, the scientific community asked itself: What is it? How did it get to an Indonesian island? And what does its presence say about climate change and whale migration habits?

The people of Seram have a more pressing query: How do we get rid of it?


Tennis: Rafael Nadal edges out Dominic Thiem for fifth Madrid Masters

 Rafael Nadal's flawless record on clay this season continued as he outgunned the impressive Dominic Thiem to win the Madrid Masters for a fifth time 7-6 (10/8), 6-4 on Sunday.

The Spaniard is now 15-0 on his favoured surface this year having also picked up his 10th titles in Monte Carlo and Barcelona in recent weeks.

And the 14-time Grand Slam champion is now strong favourite to add a 10th French Open crown next month as he romped to victory on home soil for the loss of just one set all week.


Football: Tottenham top Man U, secure runners-up spot in historic Spurs' Lane farewell

Homegrown hero Harry Kane scored Tottenham Hotspur's last goal at White Hart Lane as they bade farewell to their home with a 2-1 victory over Manchester United on Sunday.

Kane, born up the road in Chingford, added to Victor Wanyama's early header to secure a victory that confirmed Spurs will finish in second place in the Premier League and ended United's hopes of a top-four finish.

Demolition work at the Lane, Spurs' home since 1899, will start on Monday, with Mauricio Pochettino's side playing at Wembley next season before moving into their new ground, which is being built on the same site, in 2018.