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Friday's papers: Sloppy password, male circumcision and getting paid

Among other topics, the review ponders whether Finland could become the world's first country to ban circumcision.

Kädet kirjoittavat kannettavalla tietokoneella. Ruudussa teksti salasana, sen alla palkki, jossa mustia palloja salasanaa kuvaamassa.
A hacker says he easily gained access to the Ministry of Social Affairs and Health's voicemail account. Image: Yle/ Tuuli Laukkanen

Data security has been top of mind in Finland this week after hackers stole thousands of confidential patient records from psychotherapy centre Vastaamo.

Now a 25-year-old hacker has managed to record a new message on a voicemail account belonging to the Ministry of Social Affairs and Health, according to newsstand tabloid Iltalehti.

IT entrepreneur Steve Peltonen said he wanted to warn the ministry about flaws in its data security systems. Peltonen told the paper the ministry's password was '1234'.

Mutilation or cultural tradition?

Could Finland become the only country in the world banning male circumcision? Male infant circumcision will be debated by Finnish lawmakers next week, according to Helsingin Sanomat. Parliament’s Legal Affairs Committee asked lawmakers to consider the topic following a citizens’ initiative calling for the ban of female genital mutilation (FGM), a practice which is prohibited in Finland--unlike male circumcision.

The Finns Party and Greens want to ban the practice, and in 2014 the SDP approved a citizen's initiative calling for the practice to be outlawed.

"Banning male circumcision would be like forbidding Christians from baptising their children," Yaron Nadbornik, who chairs central council for Jewish congregations in Finland, told HS.

He said such a move would signal that there wasn’t really space for the Jewish community in Finland.

"I’m not saying people would immediately start moving away, but in the long run the impact of such a decision on the community would be extremely negative," he said.

All about the money

For years we’ve been hearing that Millennials care more about happiness than money at work, but business daily Kauppalehti says this mindset is shifting. A gloomy economic outlook may be impacting how young people feel about work, according to a survey by the Finnish Confederation of Professionals (STTK).

Their poll shows that a good salary is the most important work aspect for young people (63%). Having having nice coworkers ranked second (61%) while the nature of the job came third (55%).

"The results showed that people work to make ends meet. This is reality for young people too," Antti Palola, chairman of the STTK, told KL.

A matter of heart

In pandemic news, HS reports that coronavirus-induced heart problems may not be as common as people initially thought, following alarming reports earlier this year by German scientists.

"In our experience heart problems are not as common or serious as international findings would lead us to believe" explained cardiologist Riina Kandolin from the Helsinki and Uusimaa hospital district (HUS).

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