More cyberattacks as workweek begins? 5 things you need to know Monday

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It’s being called the biggest ransomware outbreak in history and it could be far from over.
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The Royal London Hospital.(Photo: Niklas Hallen, AFP/Getty Images)

Computers shut down over the weekend may be harboring a virulent ransomware virus ready to attack Monday as a new workweek kicks in, officials warned. A massive attack Friday from the “WannaCry” malware crippled more than 20% of hospitals in the United Kingdom and affected more than 200,000 victims in 150 countries, said Rob Wainwright, the head of the European Union’s “Europol” law enforcement agency. The software, which spreads among Windows computers, infects and then locks up individual machines, demanding a ransom to be paid in the electronic currency Bitcoin. The attack mostly impacted computers in Europe and Asia and spared North America. A computer security expert on Friday afternoon managed to blunt the attack, but Wainwright said the virus was changed over the weekend and could be poised to expand what he called an already “unprecedented” attack.

France’s youthful new president took office Sunday 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 Monday: a meeting with German Chancellor Angela Merkel in Berlin. Macron is also expected to appoint his prime minister on Monday, according to Reuters and Politico, both of which cited sources close to the president. Macron was inaugurated Sunday at the Elysee palace in Paris, taking control of the country and its nuclear codes from mentor Francois Hollande. Macron and his wife, Brigitte, 64, will live in the palace.

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Emmanuel Macron becomes France’s youngest ever president on Sunday, taking over from socialist Francois Hollande in a solemn ceremony.
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It’s looking like Los Angeles or Paris for the 2024 and 2028 Summer Olympics, with each city getting one of those years. And Paris steps up its case for being first in line on Monday. Representatives from the International Olympic Committee will check out potential venues during their three-day visit to the City of Lights. The IOC’s evaluation commission visited L.A. last week. The IOC will act upon its report in September, when it has hinted it will announce host cities for both Olympics. The decision is made a lot easier by the fact that three onetime candidates for 2024 — Rome, Hamburg and Budapest — have dropped out. In seeking the 2024 Games, Paris can play the even-anniversary card — it last hosted an Olympics 100 years before — and the fresh-optimism card, with France’s youngest-ever president, Emmanuel Macron, having taken office Sunday.

Utah Jazz player Rudy Gobert of France holds the logo of Paris’ bid for the 2024 Olympic Games in front of the Eiffel tower on Sunday. (Photo: Franck Fife, AFP/Getty Images)

Maybe. A solid retail sales report last week indicated we’re spending more lately, raising hopes of a rebound from the economy’s meager growth of the first three months of 2017. Another report Monday will keep the good news coming, if economists’ projections are accurate. It’s the latest read on homebuilder sentiment from the National Association of Home Builders. Sentiment has been healthy, partly because contractors are buoyed by President Trump’s vows of tax cuts and deregulation. The index is expected to hold steady at 68 for May, near the recent high of 71 in March.

Construction on a home in Fairfax, Va., a Washington suburb. (Photo: Paul J. Richards, AFP/Getty Images)

Monday marks a rite of spring: The upfronts, or the presentation of the broadcast networks’ fall TV slates to advertisers. But first came the culling of the herd. Last week, programming execs decided the fates of on-the-bubble shows, axing some underperformers and giving others another season. NBC canceled Timeless — the freshman series that topped USA TODAY’s Save Our Shows poll — late Thursday, spelling an end to the time-travel drama after a mere 16 episodes. Two days later, it reversed course and announced a 10-episode renewal, citing the poll’s results. Check the status of your favorite show.

Matt Lanter as Wyatt Logan, Malcolm Barrett as Rufus Carlin and Abigail Spencer as Lucy Preston travel to the past in NBC’s ‘Timeless,’ whose cancellation was reversed by NBC, citing fan support. (Photo: Sergei Bachlakov, NBC)