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Tuesday's papers: WannaCry threat, city expansion, consumer prices

Dailies this Tuesday indicate that the recent worldwide cyber attack could have been organised just to test security capabilities, Helsinki may be getting a new train station and in April, year-on-year consumer prices rose by nearly one percent.

Last week's cyber attack may only be the beginning. Papers also look at Helsinki's infrastructure and a rise in consumer prices. Image: Richie B Tongo / EPA

Tabloid Ilta-Sanomat starts its Tuesday coverage with a spread on the critical cyber attack last week. The headline calls the debilitating attack a "test" designed to test the security capabilities of various organisations around the world.

The WannaCry ransomware affected more than 230,000 computers in 150 countries, locking or otherwise disrupting digital systems and demanding bitcoins in return for their restoration.

"In the cyber world, nothing is what it seems," says cyber strategist Aapo Cederberg in IS. "The perpetrators seem to be greedy criminals, but they may also have been stand-ins for governmental information-gathering."

Among the organisations affected were the UK's National Health Service and Germany's Deutsche Bahn rail network. Even though the attackers appear to be somewhat inexperienced, according to F-Secure expert Sean Sullivan, the potential effects of ransomware attacks such as the one witnessed last Friday could be even more hazardous.

"People could lose their lives," Cederberg says. "If a hacker were to change sensitive patient information in a health database, for instance, that could lead to incorrect care, which in turn could cause deaths."

The IS article indicates that Finland got off easy, even though some dozens of computers were affected here, too. Finnish users appear to be reasonably well informed about cyber threats.

Changing face of Helsinki

Finland's top daily Helsingin Sanomat reports this Tuesday that the country's capital may be in store for some far-reaching changes in its infrastructure.

An urban lobby group aims to get a new train station built between the Central Railway Station and Pasila, and to make housing more compact in the already extremely packed Kallio area. The Helsinki City Planning Department is not opposed to the plans, HS writes.

The spot at Eläintarha on Helsinginkatu featured a small station in the late 19th century, until 1918.

The "More city in Helsinki" group calls attention to three different moves that would bring their plans to fruition. Improved tram connections, better planning for the Helsinginkatu area and more apartments will improve quality of life and bring more jobs, the organisation's three founders say.

The Kallio area of Helsinki, technically Torkkelinmäki, is already known to have the most inhabitants per square kilometre than anywhere else in Finland, comparable to New York's Manhattan.

Electricity prices up, mortgage interest down

Regional paper Aamulehti writes of an overall year-on-year rise in consumer prices in April. Statistics Finland figures show that prices went up 0.8 percent compared with the same situation last year.

Positive inflation was driven by the rise in the prices of petrol, cigarettes, road taxes and electricity.

At the same time, cell phones and gambling games saw downticks in their consumer prices, and mortgage and consumer credit interest rates also went down.

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