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If you have a PC and a suspicious email in your inbox, don’t open it. Hackers created a massive global computer system called WannaCry, which immediately locks all the files it finds once you open the email. From there, hackers will ask you for hundreds of dollars in ransom in order to unlock your data. Just your average Monday.
President Trump said a bit too much during a White House meeting with Russian officials. He casually mentioned a highly classified ISIS plot involving the use of laptops on planes in front of the Russian ambassador and foreign minister. This was the day after Trump fired FBI director James Comey, who was leading the investigation into the Trump campaign’s ties to Russia.
On May 17, transgender soldier Chelsea Manning was released from military prison 20 years early. Back in 2010, Manning leaked confidential documents to WikiLeaks in an effort to inspire reform within the U.S. military. Instead, she was hit with treason charges and sentenced to 35 years in prison. Cut to early 2017, when then-President Obama announced that she would be released early out of concern that her charges were excessive. This week, Manning left prison a free woman with a long legal battle to fight.
On the heels of President Trump’s executive order loosening the criteria for detention and deportation, arrests of undocumented immigrants have skyrocketed by almost 40%. Some have criminal records, others don’t. Supporters say this plan is keeping America safe while critics argue that arresting immigrants with no criminal records will do absolutely nothing to bring down crime rates.
Today is Iran’s presidential election, which can possibly change the country’s relationship with the international community. In one corner they’ve got President Hassan Rouhani, a moderate, who supports the nuclear deal with the U.S. and five other countries. Opposite him is conservative Ebrahim Raisi, who isn’t buying the idea that the nuclear deal has helped Iran’s economy (which was Obama’s original argument). Stay tuned for the results!