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digital era. unsung hero. a friendship between a college student and a campus janitor, breaking down walls and making dreams come true. "nightly news" begins right now. from nbc news world headquarters in new york, this is "nbc nightly news" with lester holt. good evening, a major attack on the internet is under way at this hour, t are urgently trying to find out who is behind the intrusions, targeting a company that acts as an internet switch board. the intermittent outages began this morning primarily on the east coast, but follow-up attacks have been felt across the country. it all comes amid heightened anxieties over cyber attacks,
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election. nbc's miguel almaguer has late details for us. >> the powerful and sophisticated cyber attacks, coming wave after wave. internet users in at least six countries, but mostly here in the u.s., unable to load popular websites like twitter, netflix, amazon, paypal, and a long list of others. >> what we know is that a cyber criminal group or a group of people created the opportit they funneled all of that traffic at a particular company, dyn. >> the attack was aimed at dyn, an attack company based in new hampshire that serves as an internet switch board and allows people to connect to websites. it crippled domain name servers, the address book for the internet, essentially overloading it. the hack will cost major corporations
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some say based on the methods and magnitude of the attack, it may be russian in origin. but one senior u.s. intelligence official and other cyber experts tell nbc news, this is a classic case of internet vandalism, and likely not state-sponsored. >> there are a host of adversaries that can launch these types of attacks, and we've got to make sure that we have a rezil gent network that is able to withstand these types of probes. >> reporter: northeast, a second wave spread west. tens of millions couldn't check their banking accounts or log on to local news. in los angeles, epic interactive sent employees home. with paypal and twitter down, nobody could work. >> i think we should be concerned. it's one thing when there's an attack. it's another thing when an entire day goes by and the company involved can't fix it. >> reporter: the case
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election. tonight experts say we are in uncharted territory. while this attack did not target individuals, it brought down websites temporarily that millions of us use every day. it appears no critical, personal or financial information was lost, but it shows how vulnerable servers can be. experts say every time security firms make a fix, thieves find another way in. >> nbc's cyber security expert, president and chief security officer of crowd strike. no indications of where this is coming from, or what it could be related to. but with our election just two weeks away, would there be anything to prevent an attack like this on election day? >> this appears to be a complex botnet, made up of hundreds of thousands of
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cameras. it's difficult to detect these types of attacks. an attacker with this type of weapon could use it as it relates to our election process. i think the distributed nature of our system doesn't render that specifically susceptible, but attackers will continue to use this device inevitably, or until they're detected and stopped, or the botnet itself can be disrupted. >> all right, shaun henry, thank you very much. now to the attacks being launched tonight on both sides, and new fall-out after an uncomfortable scene in new york last night where donald trump and hillary clinton shared the stage and traded barbs. barely concealed by comedy. tonight as trump continues to push his message about a so-called rigged system, we have new numbers to show how that's resonating with his supporters. we have it all covered starting with nbc's hallie jackson. hallie, good evening. >> reporter: good evening, lester. at that event, donald
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short one in the attacks, about you now some critics are wondering about trump's overall strategy. with just over two weeks to go, he's promising an all-out push. a battleground blitz for donald trump today with new reflective, real talk. >> win, lose, or draw and i'm almost sure, if the people come out, we're going to win. but i will be -- i will be happy with myself. >> reporter: his comments capping a which many see a series of strategic mistakes, like bringing michelle obama into the mix as he did today. >> we have a president, all he wants to do is campaign. his wife, all she wants to do is campaign. >> reporter: but the first lady is the most popular political figure in the country, potentially risky for trump to take her on. and he's still talking about a rigged system. our new nbc news/survey monkey online tracking poll also shows more than 4 in 10 republicans do
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election. >> i imagine that on certain issues, if he's elected, you're going to have i congressional republicans who are going to be pushing the country potentially in a different direction than the republican president. >> reporter: and for trump, what many see as another misstep at a political roast in new york, where his rival landed some punches with her punchlines. >> it is great also to see mayor bloomberg here. it's a shame he's not speaking tonight. i'm curious to hear what a billionaire has not everybody laughed, it was trump who struggled more. despite starting strong. >> michelle obama gives a speech, and everyone loves it. my wife melania gives the exact same speech and people get on her case. >> reporter: a few lines later, much more
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corrupt -- >> reporter: the booing, unprecedented at this normally civil dinner. >> he's not behaving in a way that suggests he's even trying to win the election. he's doing everything to the opposite of what a seasoned strategist would recommend he do. >> reporter: hallie jackson, nbc news, newtown, pennsylvania. >> reporter: i'm kristen welker in cleveland where early voting is already clinton rallying the base. >> i have now spent four and a half hours on stage with donald, proving once again i have the stamina to be president. >> reporter: and going after trump's comments about a rigged election. >> he is threatening our democracy. >> reporter: a new poll showing ohio is a jump ball. clinton and donald trump tied. but good news for clinton in our new nbc news analysis. more democrats have
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than republicans. campaign sources tell nbc news clinton is not just thinking about election day, but beyond. laying the ground work for leading a divided country, if she wins, like reaching out to her opponent in a private moment last night. >> she said to him, and donald, whatever happens, we need to work together afterwards. >> reporter: and clinton increasing her outreach to republicans and independents too. this new ad featuring kaiser khan, a gold once again going after trump. and joe biden taking shoots too. >> i wish we were in high school, i could take him behind the gym. >> right now, she's killing time, just run the clock out. >> reporter: but tonight, more fall-out from the stolen e-mails from her campaign chairman. a new e-mail showing clinton's top aides disagreed with her push to hold a clinton global initiative meeting in morocco in return for a $12
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government. huma abedin writing, she created this mess and she knows it. >> she tried to get $12 million from the king of morocco for an appearance. more pay for play. >> reporter: tonight the clinton campaign saying ultimately clinton decided not to attend that meeting and they're accusing russia of weaponizing wikileaks. meanwhile, clinton is getting ready for a major swing through brauld states from now until election day. lester? let's turn overseas now, where iraqi forces say they're within four miles of mosul. isis is fighting back, launching a deadly counterattack in another city over a hundred miles away. our richard engel is on the front lines inside iraq with a look at the american role in the offensive. >> reporter: american jets launching in the mediterranean from the uss eisenhower. they're headed for
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mosul, the mission is extremely difficult. finding isis fighters among the some one million civilians. >> it's a bustling city, just like we would have back home. it just show happens that the city is run by isis. >> reporter: and this is not just a ground war. for the first time today, we saw american soldiers in full combat gear, clearing a bomb. one of the most dangerous jobs in a war zone. it's the same job 34-year-old chief petty officer jason finnan had, he was killed yesterday near mosul when an i.e.d. went off by his vehicle. we traveled with them to one of their forward positions east of mosul. the closer iraqi troops get to the center of mosul, the harder isis has been fighting back. there's been fighting in this front line village today. isis has been using mortars and snipers,
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as a vehicle approached the soldiers, they drew down on the driver and shouted for him to identify himself. it turned out, he was one of their own. isis may be losing ground around mosul, but today, the militants hit back with coordinated attacks in the relatively far away city of kirkuk. more than 20 people were killed. this could be how isis plans to fight, digging in to protect its stronghold city of mosul and key towns around it, while at launching terrorist attacks on soft targets and civilians. lester? >> richard engel in iraq tonight, thank you. back in this country, to the weather extremes in the northeast, flash floods triggered by heavy rains, downpours so many have been hoping for. with many areas hit hard by a terrible drought, but this was far too much rain too soon. we get details from nbc's tammy leitner. >> reporter: in the northeast, a much
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today flash flooding in central pennsylvania left at least one dead and nearly two dozen needing rescue. and in new york, a steady pounding from mother nature, but all this rain won't be enough to reverse a drought that has been building for months. below normal precipitation has created the worst drought across the northeast in more than a decade. conditions that could last through the winter. just the latest part of the country to be hit with water in upstate new york, existing residential wells are dry. leaving some homeowners desperate. >> without the dug wells, they have no water source. so their only option is for us to come in and drill them a well. >> reporter: in connecticut, where 89% of the state is under severe drought conditions, an emergency pipeline is being built to pump in water. in massachusetts, the situation is so serious, farmers are
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>> we probably are down about four feet. so it's been difficult trying to harvest this year. >> reporter: more than half the northeast is under some sort of drought, with areas in red under extreme drought. the good news is, those are the two areas that will see the heaviest rain going into this weekend. water that may put a small dent in the problem, but won't be enough to quench this historic drought. tammy leitner, nbc news, new york. still ahead, some critical news you need to hear tonight if you're worried children spend in front of electronic screens perform. also, this might spark a lot of arguments at the dinner table tonight.
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we're back now with some brand-new research and recommendations that will be of high interest to parents and grandparents worried about how much kids should be expose said to modern-day electronic media. cell phones, laptops, tablets, and yes, tv. the amen recommendations that relax some previous guidance to give families more flexibility while setting limits. here's nbc's tom costello. >> hello. >> reporter: in virginia this afternoon, 3-year-old ari and 18-month-old emmaery were face ti ti
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wel rounded kid. >> reporter: pediatricians have recommended no screen time for kids under two. but in a world of cell phones, tablets, computers and tvs, the academy is adjusting guidelines. for children under 18 months, video chatting is fine, but no other screen time. >> if you want to start introducing media as young as 18 months, that's fine, but use it together with your child and choose really good media. >> reporter: here's why. researchers at lafayette college have found that starting at 17 faces and learning over video chats. >> toddlers learn from meaningful interaction with people who are in social relationships with them. >> reporter: for 2 to 5-year-olds, the academy recommends no more than an hour a day of screen time. children 6 and older can have more, but they need an hour of exercise. families should establish media-free time together, like dinner. and no devices within an hour before bed. >> when kids consume
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late into the hours of the day, they have a later sleep onset and fewer hours of sleep per night. >> reporter: the bottom line, screen time should not be a babysitter. used wisely, it can actually bring families together. >> she's trying to give him a kiss. >> reporter: tom costello, nbc news, ashburn, virginia. we're back in a moment with a special guest who crashed the
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there is major news tonight of a mega merger in the business world. our partners at cnbc have confirmed that at&t is in advanced talks to buy media and entertainment giant time warner. a blockbuster deal that would bring together at&t's wireless broadband and satellite tv services with time warner properties like hbo, cnn, and the warner brothers movie studio.
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gets angrier behind the wheel, men or women? according to a new study, women. researchers found on average, women were 12% angrier by driving. pump the brakes, because a number of previous studies have pointed the finger overwhelmingly at men. the white house press corps got a surprise when a special guest star crashed the briefing room. actor bill murray gear, dropped in to talk baseball. murray is a white sox fan but he's supporting the cross-town cubs who are chasing their own cinderella story this weekend. they're one win away from their first world series since 1945. when we come back,
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finally tonight, a story about tearing the down the invisible barriers that too often divide us. a student extended a hand to one of the many workers who keep the esteemed school running and that simple act started a movement that is inspiring america. here's rehema ellis.
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georgetown jesuit university, learning is rooted in caring. bellamy is taking it to heart. >> i see the same worker. his name is o'neil bachelor. i sparked up a conversation with him. hey, how you doing? shook his hand. >> reporter: that handshake happened late at night while fechb ip was studying in the library. both are immigrants and both had big dreams. >> my dream was to open a restaurant, you know, i l i explained that to him. he supported it. he said, man, i'm going to do everything i can to help you. >> reporter: and he did. fevin started a facebook page called unsung heroes, telling the stories of the workers who keep the university running. >> i know there's kind of a wall between the students and the workers sometimes. i wanted to use this opportunity to share his story with other students. to see that they're human beings just like us, the only difference is the color of their
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said students responded immediately, welcoming the chance to make new friends and make an impact. they recently helped raise $2500 for o'neil to start his catering business. >> reporter: so far, unsung heroes has profiled 20 campus workers, like umberto, a dining hall cashier. students raised $5,000 so he can visit family in south sudan he hasn't seen years. now fevin hopes the idea spreads beyond campus. >> imagine how much more can happen if we interact more on a daily basis. >> reporter: confident, unsung heroes are everywhere, and so are people who cares. and that's going to do it for us on a
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national epidemic, we are breaking down the symptoms and the treatment. plus, an investigation into the black market that sells sex, drugs, and body parts. and fran drescher is helping us so all the hot headlines. >> we are going to blow your minds. >> then, after being brutally botched, the doctors transformed her completely. now with amazing results. that is today. [cheering and applauding] >> it is time for joining us today is dr. kristi funk. welcome. >> nice to have you. >> dr. travis' friend is coming. >> she is? i can't wait to have her back in the show. >> she wants to see you, she is looking for you back there. back there, travis. >> okay, so before we get all that, question, did you all watch the debate this week? >> you bet. >> of course we did.
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eventful election cycle to say the least, so maybe you're feeling relief that the debates are over, or could you be dealing with debate withdrawal? so get this, there is this new term out there called debate withdrawal that people, after the last debate, because they're so sad that the theatrics are over, the symptoms boredom, anxiety, depression, anger, fear desk oh >> all of the above! >> i really got into this. in this debate was so different than any debate we have ever had. it was true entertainment. obviously trump was a big part of that and he thinks it's a reality show, but the dynamics between the two of them, are they going to shake, are they not going to shake? did you hear -- >> did you hear that there were block viewing parties?

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