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of damage across several states. and later, a 17-hour prison ride in brazil is now over. dozens of people are now dead, and we will explain how this all happened. hello, and welcome to our viewers here in the united states and of course all around the world. i'm rosemary church, and this is i'm rosemary church, and this is "cnn newsroom". -- captions by vitac -- www.vitac.com the manhunt is intensifying in turkey for the shooter who killed 39 people at a crowded nightclub in istanbul. their families and friends are mourning their loss. the body the of the three lebanese killed have arrived in beirut. one of them was a personal trainer. he posted this photo from turkey before the attack. he's posing with a young woman who was also killed. people have been leaving flowers and turkish flags outside the
nightclub. at least 13 have been tee tapde for questioning. >> reporter: this is the face police believe is behind the killing attack. isis claimed responsibility. hundreds of officers are scouring the country for the suspect. they say they have his fingerprints. with these pieces of evidence, they hope to not only identify the gunman but start to work out if he had any help. security experts say that is very likely, since he planned to yes scape t escape the scene. turkey has been under attacks that have killed hundreds of people. many attacks have been
prevented, but some resulted in very sad scenes. despite heavy security new year's eve, even a police officer, the gun plan methodically shot his way inside the club and escaped in the chaos. if he is an isis operative, there is a chance he could try to slip into the terror group's territory in syria. if that's the case, authorities are running out of time to cati. the first hour of 2017 was their last. sara sidner has more from istanbul. >> three, two, one. >> reporter: video from a party inside the upscale nightclub the moment istanbul entered 2017. just 75 minutes later, mayhem. flashes from a gun held by a man as he begins his killing spree, first outside shooting a police
officer and security guard. then he opens fire inside. 39 people killed, 69 injured, the victims from all over the world, including the united states. >> i got shot in the [ bleep ] leg, man. >> reporter: william jacob raak one of those shot. >> i wake up in the united states, i eat breakfast, you guys wake up and have to think of this. it's so, so sad. and i really wish everybody here the best. >> reporter: but the worst was yet to come for the victims' families. 24 hours after the massacre, the funerals began. this one for another security guard. his mother's moans pierced the silence. his father in shock. his son had survived this car bomb attack three weeks ago at an istanbul stadium.
but not the nightclub massacre. he was one in a million. if he wasn't special, hundreds of people would not have bothered to show up here, he says. this sorrow will be plult plied 39 times. this is just one of the families forced to say good bye to their young loved ones after the nightclub attack. 27 of the 39 victims were foreign nationals, inclung a film producer and a fashion designer from india. a beautiful 19-year-old israeli citizen with a full life awaiting her. sara sidner, cnn, istanbul. and isis is also claiming responsibility for a series of attacks that killed dozens of people in iraq. the deadliest was in the sadr city neighborhood of baghdad. a car bomb exploded at a busy intersection, killing 35 people and wounding 60 others. north of the capital, suicide bombers attacked two police stations. at least six people were killed,
including three police officers. during a one-day visit to iraq, french president francois hollande says fighting terrorism there helps prevent terror attacks on french soil. the free syrian army says it's suspending talks leading up to the peace negotiations in kazakhstan. the rebel groups accuse the syrian regime of vie rating the four-day-old cease-fire by trying to recapture a rebel-held area near damascus. russia, syria and turkey negotiated the talks scheduled for later this month. intelligence officials say they've discovered digital fingerprints indicating russia is behind the u.s. election cyber attack. but donald trump is still skeptical about russia's role and insists he knows things that other people don't know about the hack. cnn's pamela brown has the
latest. >> reporter: president-elect donald trump rang in the new year, still casting doubt. on u.s. intelligence community's assessment that russia was behind the unprecedented attack of the u.s. election system. >> i know a lot about hacking. and hacking is a very hard thing to prove. so it could be somebody else. and i also know things that other people don't know. and so they cannot be sure of the situation. >> reporter: asked to describe what undisclosed information he had access to, trump promised to reveal it soon. >> you'll find out on tuesday or wednesday. >> reporter: and he said the failed intelligence leading up to the iraq war makes him skeptical. >> i just want them to be sure, because it's a pretty serious charge, and i want them to be sure. and if you look at the weapons of mass destruction, that was a disaster, and they were wrong. >> reporter: today trump's incoming press secretary shawn spicer defended the president-elect's stance. >> the idea that we're jumping to conclusions before we have the final report is frankly
irresponsible. >> reporter: cnn has learned the intelligence community traced the hack back to specific keyboards with a cyrillic text, an alphabet used by russians, adding to confidence russia carried out the attack. last week, the fbi and dhs put out this report naming the hacking operation and calling out two russian intelligence groups for yoet the intrusion into a u.s. plit dal party. john mccain traveling in the baltic region where countries are most worried about russia's aggression says there's no doubt it was russia. >> all of our intelligence agencies will affirm that that be the case. we will work in the congress to have stronger sanctions in order to prevent further attacks on the united states of america. >> reporter: as we await the
comprehensive review that president obama ordered about the election hacks, officials tell us part of why the intelligence community is so confident in its assessment is because of the high-quality intelligence it has on russia compared to other morriss more e regimes like north korea. >> let's bring in fred pleitgen. he is live from moscow. good to see you. u.s. officials say digital fingerprints indicate russia was behind u.s. election cyberattacks, but donald trump is still skeptical. somehow that being received across russia? >> reporter: well, certainly, if you look at russian official media, you look at the government-run television networks and news agencies, they mirror and echo those doubts by the trump administration saying, look, it seems as though there is somewhat of a discord within u.s. politics, on the one side, the obama administration saying
they are certain russia was behind these atax whi tattacks incoming trump administration is casting doubt on that. that is playing very big here in russia. it's interesting to see that source has now told cnn that they are pretty certain that they can trace the hacks back to a cyrillic keyboards, because that is something that would certainly cast a light on at least a source somewhere speaking russian, possibly inside russia, even though it's unclear whether or not that would have been by the russian government. now one of the people who was in the trump transition team, an adviser to donald trump, former cia director james woolsey came out and said he believes the russians may very well be behind all this. let's listen to what he had to say. >> it looks from all the indicators that we've read about in nsa and cia and so forth as if the russians were there and
perhaps even principally there, it doesn't mean that there isn't somebody else in there. donald trump is an expert of this kind of weaving around and attracting everybody's attention, it's exactly what he did during the campaign. >> are you saying he's playing us in effect? >> there's a possibility that he is, yes. >> is that something the president-elect should be doing on a serious issue of national security? >> why not? he's not interfering with anything. he's not talking about anything classified. >> so there you have james woolsey who on the one hand briefs there may have been russians involved at some level with these hacks but at the same time says he doesn't believe donald trump's comments on all this would compromise anything. the russians for their part, rosemary, like they have been over the past couple weeks are continuing to say that the allegation that three were behind these hacks are baseless and also absurd, rosemary. >> yes, all right, fred pleitgen bringing us reaction from across russia, reporting live for us
from moscow, where it's just after 11:00 in the morning. many thanks to you. let's turn now to larry sabato who joins us by skype. he's the director for politics at the university of virginia. larry, donald trump says he knows something that others don't about the hacks, targeting the democrats. here's how his senior adviser, kellyanne conway, described it. >> i want to be clear about the information about the hacks that trump says he knows. he says quote,l you'll find out on tuesday or wednesday. will he announce the information on tuesday or wednesday? >> he didn't necessarily say he'd announce it. what he's say something that we'll find out, he'll find out. i think it's all very contingent on what these intelligence officials reveal in their briefing, anderson, and everybody should be very happy that the blekt president-elect n
to receiving that briefing. >> there is a lot to address in that one sound bite, at least that we should be happy that the president-elect is willing to receive intelligence briefings, but as well as that, mr. trump appears to be creating some confusion about what is known and not known about the hacking. why is he doing that? and what could he possibly know outside what intelligence officials will reveal in this upcoming briefing? >> rose mary, no one knows, but i think just about everybody is skeptical that he knows something that all the american intelligence agencies don't know. that president obama, who's been receiving intelligence briefings now for over eight years also would not know. now maybe president putin sent him a private message via currier as he mentioned instead of e-mail. that's possible, but i think it's highly unlikely, and i
doubt we ever hear precisely what it is or what it was that donald trump thought he knew that no one else did. >> so let's look now at this new year's tweet that donald trump sent out. we'll bring that up. happy new year to all, including to my many enemies and those who have fought me and lost so badly. they just don't know what to do. love. what do you make of this? >> we're all turning into psycho analysts, because we have to. you have to psychoanalyze what this particular president-elect and soon to be president actually thinks and does, because it is so completely unprecedented. maybe presidents talk like this with their families or their closest advisers heebehind the scenes, but never has a president actually advertised his feelings towards his enemies in precisely this way on the brink of a new year and hess own presidency.
also, look at the word enemies. first of all, wouldn't most politicians, if they had sent out something like this at all have used the word opponents rather than enemies? he's supposed to be trying, at least pretending, to be unifying the country before his presidency begins. there's nothing unifying about that message. it really reminds me of the last president who liked to refer to his enemies and in fact had a long enemies list. his name was richard nixon. he's a favorite of donald trump's. trump plans to display in the oval office a letter, an encouraging letter that president nixon sent him in the 1980s suggesting via mrs. nixon that he, donald trump, run for office. >> wow, interesting. and larry, in 17 days, the republican party will control the senate, the house of representatives and the white house. and one of the first things house republicans are pursuing in the new year is reforming the
office of congressional ethics. now that's an independent watchdog group that was created after multiple lobbying scandals. republicans want to take away its independence, and they argue the group has falsely accused members of congress of wrongdoing. so is this needed reform? or does this just take away the watchdog's snooet what ateeth? what are we to make of this. >> obviously members of the house in the republican majority have taken this opportunity, film filled with news and information so much that those who follow the news can't even follow it. they've taken this opportunity to do away with an institution they detest. it was established by former democratic house speaker nancy pelosi when she was in that high office. and republicans believe that it is being used to percent cute thi think their move to abolish it
is going to backfire on them. because it appears to the general public as though they're trying to hide from ethics charnls. and let's remember, what is the possible view of politicians generally? and certainly the house of representatives, which has had too many scandals to recount here. the popular view is that there's a lot of corruption in the house, and their is just another attempt by members of the house to protect themselves and to wher bury their misdeeds. >> it is going to be an interesting year to be sure. we will be watching all of these developments closely, la lly ll sabato, it is a privilege to talk with you. >> thank you, rosemary. we'll take a short break. five people have been killed in severe weather in the southeastern u.s., and widespread damage. that is still to come. sometimes you just know when you hit a home run.
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the severe weather has hit several states in southeastern u.s. flooding killed a 70-year-old man in florida. he drowned near his home after a storm swept through. and we want to get to more on this. our weatherman, pedram javaheri joins us now. just terrible this time of year to see this sort of weather. >> when you look at your calendar and see january and february, this is as quiet as it is. but last year we had a rather quiet year as far as tornados. top corner of your screen, 1 degree fahrenheit across portions of the dakotas. temps in the 60s. so incredible disparity. thunderstorms left and right across portions of the
panhandle. that is the area wei had the fat fatality. this is what we were talking about as far as the unseasonal nature. january and february, about 35 tornados. you work your way to april and may, and that number gets into the peak season, and when you look at the state by state average for the month of january, the only western state, california on average, one tornado across the southeast. this is typically where you would see it, but, again, rather high concentration in one day, early in the calendar year. only 17 lives were lost, the lowest number since the 1980s, four of them now in the first couple days of 2017. it is all moving to the northeastern portion of the u.s., becoming a heavy rain
event. notice that storm around the northwestern area of the united states. a lot of rainfall around san luis obispo. look what happens here. arctic air begins coming into thursday into friday. could shift far enough south where the impact could be felt around places in the southern u.s., atlanta, temperatures at 66, dropping into the 20s by saturday, and that, my friend is a potential for snow mixing in even as far south as places like atlanta, if this holds. but it is looking interesting going into the next couple days as winter weather starts to take shape across the next couple days. >> it's a real concern. and we worry about the extremes. >> earlier and earlier. >> thank you. appreciate it. israeli prime minister benjamin netanyahu is under
investigation for possible corruption. police questioned him for several hours on monday. it's not the first time mr. netanyahu has been investigated. cnn's oren liebermann reports. >> reporter: prime minister benjamin netanyahu is officially a suspect in a criminal investigation in israel. police and the attorney general is saying he is suspected of receiving gifts and benefits from business men, though they won't say too much more about the suspicions feeling it could be biased one way or another if they reveal too many details. he has repeatedly denounced the allegations against him. this is part of what he posted on his facebook page on new year's day. he said unfortunately, you'll have to be disappointed on this time as well. there will not be anything because there is nothing. try replacing the prime minister at the ballot box as is kus mayor knee a democracy. there he is referenceding a previous criminal investigation into his affairs back in the late '90s during his first term
as prime minister. it didn't lead to indictment or charges. he's predicting this current investigation won't lead to any charges as well. this began as an examination into the prime minister. it wasn't until a month ago they had the evidence to believe this would lead to a criminal investigation. so what happens now? well, netanyahu doesn't have to do anything as long as this remains a criminal investigation without an indictment. under israeli law, only when it becomes a conviction, and that convection is upheld at the highest levels in israeli court does he have to resign. if this becomes an indiemts with serious charges he may face serious political and public pressure to step down. but we are not there yet. police were at his house for about three hours monday night. this is just the first stage. it remains a criminal investigation, and that is where prime minister benjamin netanyahu predicts it will remain.
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a warm welcome back to our viewers here in the united states and all around the world. i'm rosemary church. want to update you now on the main stories we're following this hour. turkey says it has the fingerprints of the shooter who killed 39 people at a popular nightclub in istanbul. police put out this photo of the suspect. at least eight people have been tee tap
detained for questioning. isis claims responsibility. turkey believes it was retaliation for attacking the terror group in syria. convicted church shooter dylann roof will represent himself in the sentencing phase of his trial. a judge ruled he is mentally kpe dint. he shot and killed nine african-americans and could be sentenced to death. a fire has destroyed about 100 homes, forcing 400 people to evacuate. 19 people are slightly injured. officials are investigating the cause of the fire. gusty winds and high temperatures helped fuel the flames. u.s. president-elect donald trump has a powerful response to kim jong un following the leader's threatening announcement. trump tweeted this, north korea
just stated it is in the final stages of developing a nuclear weapon capable of reaching parts of the united states. it won't happen. trump also had strong words for north korea's neighbor. china has been taking out massive amounts of money and wealth from the u.s. in totally one-sided trade but won't help with north korea. nice. well, north korea has been working to improve its missile capability. the country conducted a fifth nuclear test in september. cnn has reporters across the region. saima mohsin, let's start with you. how can president-elect donald trump be so sure that it won't happen, referring, there, of course to north korea's leader kim jong un threatening to fire an intercontinental ballistic
missile. does mr. trump know something we don't? >> reporter: yeah, that's the big question, rosemary. of course president-elect does have periodic intelligence briefings according to his team, so is he privy to information that we don't have? we're not sure about that. maybe he'll reveal that in the days to come. but it's important, of course, to assess what we do know about north korea's capabilities. is he referring to the fact that we don't think that they yet have managed to miniaturize a nuclear warhead and attach that to a look-range missile. we also know that the majority of north korea's long-range missile tests have been unsuccessful, according to intelligence reports and north korea watchers. what we do know, rose mary is back in february 2016 north korea launched a satellite which a lot of experts said could be a guise for launching a long-range missile. the technology is similar.
and in april 2016 kim jong un presided over, according to state media, the testing of a new engine for an intercontinental ballistic missile. and at the time, he said this will now help north korea target its enemies, including the u.s. mainland. and so all of these stages allude to the fact that he is on the path to getting an intercontinental ballistic missile. we just don't know how close he is to that, rosemary. >> what are we to make of mr. trump chiding china for not helping when it comes to north korea. how much control does china really have over north korea and its leader kim jong un? >> reporter: yeah. according to president-elect trump, he seem ts to see this i very black and white terms, that china is an ally of north korea and therefore it wields a lot of
influence and should be able to use that influence to stop north korea in its tracks. the reality is that recently, as recently as december, we saw that china actually sided with the u.n. on sanctions against north korea, and although there is a close relationship between the north and china, china and north korea and china, china hasn't had, we haven't seen any summits between xi jinping and kim jong un. he hasn't visited north korea or pyongyang, whereas xi jinping has made several visits to south korea and met with president park here. so just how much influence china really has is up for debate. rosemary? >> all right, saima mohsin reporting from seoul in south korea. i want to turn to matt rivers now in beijing. so matt, what has been the reaction in china to donald trump's tweet, accusing the country's leadership of taking out massive amounts of money from the u.s. but at the same time in his words, it won't help
with north korea. what's being said about that, and again, let's look at this control, how much control does china perceive that it has over north korea? and how is that relationship between china and north korea changed? >> reporter: well, this is a line of argument from donald trump that china is very used to responding to, because frankly, this is the same argument that we've heard from donald trump throughout his presidential campaign, and now that he is getting ready to take on the presidency he's apparently sticking to this same rhetoric. so what we heard at the daily scheduled press briefing today at the ministry of foreign affairs is the same thing we've heard from china. every time donald trump says something like this, they come back and say look, china has been a responsible member of the united nations security council. they have helped draft sanctions against north korea. they are very much in favor of denuclearizing the peninsula, but in order to do that all parties must directly engage
with north korea and with the kim jong un regime. china's contention is that you can't sanction your way out of this problem and that all parties involved, including the united states, including china, including russia, all the members of the six-party talks that ended some years ago should come back to the negotiating table and resolve this issue responsibly as china says it. but to your question about the china and north korea relationship, while there might be some debate over how much influence it has over north korea, the fact is china is the largest trading partner for north korea. china controls the purse strings, the economic lifeline to north korea. it is by far its largest trading partner and the critics say if china were to more effectively enforce these sanction, if it really wanted to turn the screws on north korea it could do so by using that economic lieverage
against the kim jong un regime. it's a very complicated issue both for china and the united states. >> and getting more complicated at the days progress. matt rivers joining us live from beijing where it is 4:38 in the afternoon. many thanks to you. well, donald trump may hesitate to blame russia for the election attack, but russia has been accused of hacking on its neighbors in the past. ivan watson reports. >> reporter: the war in eastern ukraine. for more than two years ukraine has been fighting separatists supported by its eastern neighbor russia, in a conflict that has claimed more than 10,000 lives and displaced some 2 million people. a shaky cease-fire is bearely holding, but their isn't just a conflict being fought with bullets and bombs. ukraine says it's recently survived at least ten major cyberattacks that have targeted organizations like the state the
railroad company, the ministry of finance, the ministry of infrastructure. agencies that a society needs to function normally. so far ukrainian officials aren't publicly blaming the latest seekcyber assault on any but ukrainian and american investigators did blame russian hackers for a separate attack on an electric company in december 2015. it cut power completely in nmor than 100 cities across the country. officials in other former soviet republics like latvia say they, too, are commonlyvictims of their neighbor. >> information warfare goes on on a daily basis. we facing russian propaganda information warfare and psychological warfare. >> reporter: it's not easy to pin point the source of a cyber attack. but experts here argue they
appear to be state-sponsored. >> some of the programs that we've seen, it is very evident that no commercial criminal sector or hacktivist would be ready to invest time and resources to such elaborate program. >> reporter: when former soviet republic georgia went to war with russia in 2008, the deadly battles were accompanied by hackers attacking georgian government websites. former georgian president accuses moscow of further meddling, during elections four years later. >> in 2012, they were heavily involved in georgian elections. they've done seeker attacks over different time periods. they have done all kind of media provocations. they've spread rumors, sent operatives to do all kind of dirty tricks. >> reporter: but russia does not have the monopoly on cyber warfare tactics. a computer virus called stuxnet was discovered in iran's nuclear facility in 2010.
it caused centrifuges to spin out of control and destroy themselves. though no government officially claimed responsibility, many experts accuse the u.s. and israel of carrying out the attack. now with the outgoing obama administration announcing new sanctions and the expulsion of. >> reporter: yan diplomats, the threat of further attacks is worrying. >> it's worrying because of its danger of escalation. this is not a domain in which only governments in themeand th military play. we've seen it with things like attacks on dns servers, causing mass outage. attacks on banks. these are parts of civilian infrastructure that we all rely on day to day. >> reporter: the threat of a possible cyber war could take our interconnected, highly computerized society into uncharted territory.
ivan watson, cnn, kiev. and coming up next on "cnn newsroom." family members rush the gates of a brazilian prison after a deadly uprising. what sparked the riot? that's still ahead. sometimes you just know when you hit a home run. that's how i feel about blue-emu pain relief spray. odorless and fast-acting. it soothes all my muscle aches and pains. and it's convenient for those hard to reach places. and if you're like me, you'll love blue-emu super strength cream. it's made with real emu oil, it's non greasy, it's a deep penetrating formula that works itself down into your joints. take it from me. it works fast and you won't stink. blue-emu, it works for me it'll work for you. the mistay connected.elps us the microsoft cloud offers infinite scalability. the microsoft cloud helps our customers get up and running, anywhere in the planet. wherever there's a phone, you've got a bank, and we could never do that before. the cloud gave us a single
welcome back, everyone. well, danish authorities have arrested the daughter of a woman at the center of south korea's scandal. she trains in germany and was wanted for alleged interference of business after months of hiding. her mother, choi sun sill is on trial, accused of abusing her friendship with park geun-hye for financial gain.
the parliament voted to impeach president park in december. a party ended in deadly gunfire in sao paulo, brazil. a mass funeral was held monday. the shooter opened fire on 12 people, including his wife and young son. then he turned the gun on himself. they believe he was angry over a split with his family. four other people were injured. brazilian authorities are now investigating a lengthy prison riot that left at least 56 people dead. they say the death toll could rise as they get a better idea of what exactly happened. cnn's rafael romo has the details. >> reporter: brazilian authorities say the riot lasted 17 hours from new year's day in the afternoon until monday morning when prison guards were finally able to regain control. family members of inmates desperate to find out about their loved ones rushed the prison gates.
>> translator: i want to know how my son is. my son is in there. >> translator: this is a bullet. >> reporter: anguish is plain to see on their face. violence broke out sunday in the heart of the amazon near the city of manaus. the riot was sparked by a battle between rival gangs. hostages were taken. the bodies of those killed were thrown over the prison walls. some decapitated. >> translator: there were deaths, unfortunately. we have some outside the prison who were thrown from the prison by the inmates themselves. there have been escapes. we don't yet know how many. we're already looking for the escapees in the forests and highways. >> reporter: brazil has more than 600,000 people behind bars, the fourth largest prison population on earth. prisons there have long been criticized for being
overcrowded, violent and disease-ridden. in addition to overcrowding, a brazilian security official acknowledged that the two gangs were fighting each other because they each wanted to control drug trafficking inside the prison. rafael romo, cnn. myanmar says it will investigate a new allegation of police brutality against the muslim rohingya minority. a video that's gone viral prompted the investigation. and we do want to warn you, the images are disturbing. it appears to show police officers beating rohingya villagers in november. one officer records the video at violence plays out behind him. phil robertson from human rights watch says this, if the police feel so immune that they film themselves inflicting such brutal beatings one wonders what other horrors may be taking
place off camera that they were not willing to record. four police men are now in custody, and there's growing criticism of nld leader aung san suu kyi over her handling of human rights abuses against the rohingya muslims, we spoke to the ambassador, derek mitchell. >> there's context of decades if not centuries of mistrust, of the sense of the people that they are the vanguard of terrorism, this anti-muslim attitude in the country going back decades. this is necessary to solve the question, and this is what she has been getting at, aung san suu kyi has been saying, look, give us some space to acquire some sensitive understanding, but i think she does need to step up and do more to speak to the urgent immediate issue of the human rights of these people and hold these folks accountable
on the ground and let people in who are objective so we can understand really what's going on on the ground. >> derek mitchell talking to cnn about the situation there in myanmar. we'll take a very short break here, but still to come, beauty may be in the eye of the beholder, but authenticity, that is a whole different story. spotting counterfeit art, that's next on "cnn newsroom."
welcome back, everyone. the price of art has sky rocketed in recent years, attracting more criminals to row deuce counterfeits. fakes have gotten so good that experts can't always spot them. nina del santos has more on the rise of fine art forgery and what's being done to stop it. >> reporter: old masters, and iconic art from italy. pictures like these have always been coveted by collectors, but in today's $63 billion art market, they've also become a lucrative target for forgers. >> and such a famous painting. >> reporter: to highlight the increasing incidents of fakery, one work was once replaced with
a $100 copy made in china. >> we commissioned a copy by simple means. you can order them over the internet. we took the replica, put it in this frame. this beautiful painting went into store temporarily. and we hung it on the walls and put the usual label on it. >> reporter: when they challenged people to spot it, only 11% got it right. >> the world has always, always been plagued with forgeries. it's not new. it's always there because of the art market. the value of paintings is so astronomical these days it's shot. obviously, where there is big money involved, criminals, which is what it is, criminals will follow. >> reporter: but the value of fine art doubling over the past decade, the forgery has risen, netting some of the best names
in the business, like sotheby's. it sold a painting that wasn't what it first seemed. while buyers used to rely on the eye of the expert, the eye of the x-ray now offers the ultimate guarantee, and that means big business for this authentication lab in south london. >> what we do here using science and forensics is not common in the art market. it's becoming more so. and that just means inevitably a little more is coming out. you're finding these cases of forgeries. we're really looking at the material that makes up these paintings. so the paint, the stretcher, the canvas, all of the different constituent parts. >> think twice. if you can't trace it back, think twice. caveat emptor. buyer beware.
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