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maybe the company will have to implement some way to monitor the drivers and have video. >> it makes sense. that is why they are looking into regulations. cristina, thank you. good morning. "early start" continues right now. cyber attack. u.s. officials say they believe they know how hackers got access to sony computer systems as north korea defector warns of a dangerous cyber war office. and president obama now saying he will go it alone. flexing his executive muscle to ease restrictions against cuba if congress fails to act. what the new relationship means for the people of cuba and those in the united states. u.s. government says three isis leaders taken out in air strikes as president obama signs deployment orders for 1,300 troops to head to iraq. what is expected of the boots on the ground and are we any closer to defeating the terror group?
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good morning. welcome to "early start." i'm deborah feyerick. it is friday, december 19th. we have new information this morning on the cyber attack on sony pictures that resulted in the withdraw of the movie "the interview." officials believe they know how the computer systems were infiltrated. there is evidence the hackers used a tried and true method. they stole the computer password of a system administrator. a person who has total access to the network. u.s. officials are close to naming north korea as the suspected perpetrator of the attack. jim acosta has the latest. >> reporter: the white house is describing the attack on sony as a serious national security matter and in the words of a top official, a response is coming.
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josh earnest declined to specify if north korea is behind the hacking. earnest described the attack on sony is destructive activity with malicious intent. this activity would hmerit an appropriate response from the united states. a senior official wanted to make one thing clear saying the white house absolutely did not put pressure on sony to pull the interview from treater e theate. >> the united states stands squarely on the side of our artists and companies that want to express themselves. we believe that artistic expression is worthy of protection. it is not something subjected to intimidation because you disagree. >> reporter: earnest said officials are not opposed to the screening of the film at the
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white house. that's an indication that there is something of a problem. there were consultations with the fbi and sony. the conversations were relayed to the national security team. for now, the white house is waiting on investigators from the fbi and the national security team to wrap up the investigation. deb. >> jim acosta for us. if it is true that north korea is the culprit behind the hack on sony, that raises a big question. how can the world's poorest countries pull off such a sophisticated cyber attack? cnn's kyung lah joins us from seoul. kyung, an enemy, never under estimate them. many are now calling this an act of terrorism. they took out an american company. how did they do it? >> they did it because they were
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very targeted and this is just an expansion of what we have seen in the cyber war between south korea and north korea. last year, south korea banks were frozen. atms did not work for a period of time because of malware that was sent from north korea, according to the south korean government. this is a step off the peninsula. a globalization of a war waged here on the peninsula. by training these foot soldiers, the south korean government says bureau 121 is the heart of the cyber war. they train these soldiers and hand select them. they take orders from pyongyang. they the hackers with one goal. to try to attack western interests and infiltrate as they did with sony. this one, deb, the most spectacular to date if it proves to come from north korea. >> no question about it.
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the malware. obviously, malware infiltrates a system by someone clicking on a link or leaving the computer on. a serious situation. a lot of countries paying attention. kyung lah, thank you. hollywood is reacting with fear to the cyber attack on sony pictures. some are showing disappointment at sony's decision to withdraw the movie from theaters. rob lowe said wow, everyone caved. the utter and complete victory. ben stiller wrote, hard to believe this is the response to a threat to freedom of expression here in america. chris rock giving voice to the anxiety and vulnerability that is hitting hollywood. >> this whole thing is scary, man. your e-mails and your private
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stuff. the whole town's scared. everybody has to be scared. >> the only way to prevent it is by getting off the internet. sony says it has no plans to distribute the $40 million film in theaters or home video. and president obama squeezes in his annual end of the year conference today before he heads off for christmas vacation. insiders say he will field questions on a lot of topics and they include, of course, executive action on immigration, also his recent move to restore relations with cuba and also the cia's torture report. the hack attack against sony will also be one of the issues he covers. and the white house is leaving the door open for a possible future visit to the united states by cuban president raul castro. reporters press for details from the administration following wednesday's announcement of plans to reestablish those diplomatic relations between the two countries. white house press secretary josh earnest compared a possible
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visit by raul castro to earlier visits by leaders from other countries that he called checkered human rights records. >> the president has hosted leaders from china and burma to the united states. i would not rule out a visit from president castro. >> john kerry says he hopes to return the favor. becoming the first secretary of state in 60 years to visit cuba and all it offers. president obama plans to act on his own to lift many of the elements of the trade embargo that's hitting cuba. in a move to strike a fight with the republican congress. the president plans to use broad executive powers to lift restrictions on travel and commerce and financial activity. no one is more eager to see the trade sanctions against cuba lifted than the people who live there. whether cuba with its wrecked
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economy and ancient cars is ready for the american tourists is another question. cnn's patrick oppmann has more. >> reporter: people are just hanging on here. part of that is due to the long time u.s. economic sanctions. part of that is due to the cuban government inability to manage their own economy. you talk to people here and you hear how they make only $20 a month. not enough to get by. it is what they have. they have, of course, old cars which have been passed down for generations. they keep running. they look like they could fall apart at anytime and some of them do. when you talk to people really in impoverished neighborhoods like this one, you talk about what improved u.s. and cuban relations mean for them. you talk about how they don't just want it to improve their
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economic situation, they need it to. >> translator: you try to make things better so you have more. we have enough, but more would are better. >> reporter: this is the other cuba. the one for international vis visitors who have hard currency to spend. you see the buildings are not falling down. is cuba ready for the changes? it doesn't appear so, but they are welcoming them all the same. >> you better believe there will be a huge influx of money. tensions running high outside the courthouse where suspected boston marathon bomber dzhokhar tsarnaev made his first public appearance since arraignment 17 months ago where he pleaded not guilty to all charges against him. a friend of the 21-year-old shouted out her support saying we know you're innocent. outside, a victim who lost his leg in the bombing confronted a
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supporter while shaking his leg saying here's your proof. and stephen colbert filed his last report thursday night. the faux republican put on quite the show. in his word segment, he thanked his nation for supporting him and all his crazy pursuits because you remember he saved the olympics and ran for president. he even broke out into the hit song "we'll meet again" with a great cast of characters. jon stewart, willie nelson, katie couric and cnn's christiane amanpour got in on the fun. he bid his fans a final farewell from eternity. ♪ >> first and foremost, everybody would worked so hard every day to make something special. all of our friends and family for putting up with our long hours. the network for giving us the chance to begin with. and of course all of the guests
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who came on. too many to thank. i'll thank mavis. mavis, if you could call everybody tomorrow, that would be great. thanks. >> good christmas there for mavis. thunderstorms are expected to continue in texas this morning. let's get to meteorologist derrick vderek van dam for an early look at your weather. >> a good start to new england. mountain snow expected across the pacific northwest. a low pressure system will bring rainfall to dallas, texas and new orleans. temperatures in the windy city, 33 degrees. big apple, 38. nation's capital at 45. here is the low pressure system bringing some rain to mississippi, louisiana and southeast texas. the bulk of the precipitation still waiting to the end of the weekend to impact georgia and the florida panhandle. a lot of chatter of a christmas eve storm.
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models indicating this will be a rainmaker across the northeast coast. some snow on the back side of the storm and lots of wind across the great lakes. some good news for the drought conditions across central and northern california. improving statistics for the central and northern parts. here is much-needed rainfall locally, 4 to 6 inches. wet weather across the pacific northwest with snow for the cascades. deborah. let's get an early start on your money with cristina alesci. cristina, stocks where it's at. >> the santa rally is here. u.s. futures are up. i'm thing it will be a strong end to the week. the dow had its best day in more than three years. it climbed 421 points or 2.4%. that's the best two-day gain since november of 2008. it is a big reversal from the past two weeks when stocks were sliding and everyone was talking
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about a pullback. it never came. so, what is sending stocks higher? it is all about the federal reserve. the market is so addicted to easy money and since fed chair janet yellen indicated no increase, a big rush. everyone trying to indicate the timing for higher interest rates will come. >> what could go wrong? >> well, december is historic historically a strong month for stocks. i don't think that will change this year. in january, everybody will get back to their desks and reassess and look at the way the u.s. is missing its growth target from the fed standpoint. they will dig in to manufacturing data. they will look at business activity. is it picking up? is oil prices helping the u.s. consumer so much it will offset any pain that some of the
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domestic producers are take? remember, the oil industry has been the biggest source of jobs in this country. job growth. for the past couple of years. that may cause people to reassess. >> cristina, thank you. i appreciate that. the u.s. now confirming the death of three isis leaders. the operations that took them out. how the u.s. plans to confront the terrorists group head on. and boko haram storming a remote village capturing nearly 1200 villagers. we have the details of the frightening situation straight ahead. that's what i like to call, the meta effect. 4-in-1 multi-health metamucil now clinically proven to help you feel less hungry between meals. experience the meta effect with our new multi-health wellness line. i love my meta health bars. because when nutritious tastes this delicious, i don't miss the other stuff. new meta health bars help promote heart health. experience the meta effect with
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and details are emerging about an attack by boko haram militants. local officials are claiming that insurgents kidnapped 158 women and children in the village of gumsuri killing 32 people in the process. the militants burned the villages using gas bombs. we have nima with more. >> reporter: as they prepare to celebrate christmas, this is another reminder of how helpless they are in the eyes of the terrorists. this is a series of attacks that were conducted eight months ago. now they moved in to gumsuri. more recently, nigerians feeling they were not getting the support from the military. they have been taking up arms and forming civilian defense
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caving to the hackers. some of hollywood's biggest stars is slamming sony for pulling the movie "the interview." as investigators now believe they know how hackers penetrated sony's computer system. now that president obama says he will ease restrictions on cuba, could that mean a visit from the president raul castro to the white house? what does the future hold for american business and trade in that communist country? and saying good-bye. stephen colbert and big bird. the whacky episode that brought the colbert nation to its knees
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with delight. welcome back to "early start." i'm deborah feyerick. we have information about the crippling attack on sony pictures that has forced the company to pull the film "the interview" from movie theaters. investigators believe they now how hackers penetrated the computer system. there is evidence that hackers hacked into the system by stealing the password of a system administrator who has access to the entire network. officials are close to naming north korea as the perpetrator of the cyber attack. brian stelter joins us now to talk about the story. brian, george clooney coming out last night with a letter about what's going on within hollywood on what amounts to a massive
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cyber terror attack against a u.s. business. >> it is revealing. he was speaking to deadline.com. he said say that silly comedy. it says a lot about where we are. we have a responsibility to stand up against this, not just sony, but all of us. he wrote many days ago this letter he wanted lots of big hollywood stars and executives to sign. this was before the threat against movie theaters. nobody was willing to sign it. no other competing studios, no big actors willing to participate. revealing the tension over the hacking. he says everybody needs to stand together against the threats. >> it is not just the movie industry, the banks and retailers. everything that we have been seeing. the nation's entire critical infrastructure could be hacked. the fact that hollywood is sort of caving to this, do you believe that ultimately we are going to see a releasor do you
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think at this point people are just so frightened until there is a u.s. response, they will follow along? >> i think there is so much backlash to the decision by sony. it was the theater owners that said we don't want this to put it in our theaters. there has been backlash that now we are going to see folks ban together and say this is enough. the new york times is reporting it is not just sony threatened, but vendors and partners revealed in the leaked e-mails. there is a growing chorus standing up against this in hollywood. because it is happening in hollywood, we are passiying attention to it. >> the focus in the beginning was the gossip e-mails about people behaving badly. it should have been red alert. this company has been attacked.
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>> that is what george clooney was saying. hollywood was distracted. maybe that was part of the plan. >> you think about critical infrastructure. if somebody were to attattack critical infrastructure. you look at the physical attack or cyber attack that results in a physical attack, you have to look at both components. were they concerned about the physical attack or the attack within shouting down the theater system? >> when the hackers on tuesday evoked 9/11, there were concerns movie goers would not show up for fear of a physical attack. that is what resulted in the cancellation of the movie. they are also concerned about a digital hack. that is why it is not coming out online. that is why netflix or others will not buy and let you watch
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online. i have to say, this movie will some way get out. whether legally or illegally. whether sony wants to release it at some point. it cannot be hidden forever. >> what is fascinating, cyber security experts will tell you everybody is in everybody's business. the great equalizer is if one country attacks one country, they attack back. with north korea, they are not tied into the financial system. they have less to lose. the fact they are doing this on a movie that most people would have forgotten, now people will see it just to make a statement that we support u.s. companies. you cannot do this. >> there has been a lot of sentiment about that. stephen king and many others. it is all sorts of folks involved in creativity involved in the arts and making media. this is something that crosses lines. it is not just hollywood.
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all sorts of media making. the web side gawker. give us a screening of the movie. we'll buy the popcorn. we will see lots of offers like that. a lot of people want to rally around the movie. >> you raise a good point. the fbi has been warning for years in fact intellectual property, billions of dollars has been stolen by countries like china taking intellectual property, not investing a penny, but reaping the rewards of the u.s. innovation that is out there. they will not do that technically with movies, but the fact north korea would gamble it all on this. >> we saw the national security council, the obama administration came out on wednesday night and said we take these issues seriously and copyright as well. >> it will be interesting to watch. everybody wants to see what the
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administration will do because it's not sony and that's what everybody has to realize. it is every company and every single thing connected to the internet. >> the president will have the press conference this afternoon. he will be asked about north korea. >> thank you, brian. president obama will no doubt face questions about the sony hack at the end of the year news conference today. insiders expect he will field questions on other topics which include executive action on immigration and historic move with regards to cuba and the cia torture report. the white house is leaving the door open for a possible future visit to the u.s. by cuban president raul castro. reporters pressed for details following wednesday's announcement of plans to reestablish diplomatic relations between the countries.
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josh earnest compared a possible visit by castro to earlier visits by leaders from countries with checkered human rights records. >> the president has hosted both burma and chinese leaders to the united states. i would not rule out a visit from president castro. >> john kerry says he hopes to return the favor baecoming the first secretary of state to visit cuba. the new york times is reporting that obama is looking to establish a lift on the cuban embargo. he will use broad executive powers to lift travel and commerce and financial activity. no one is more eager to see the 60-year-old trade sanctions
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lifted than the people of cuba. whether cuba with the terrible economy is ready for goods and tourists is another question. cnn's patrick oppmann has more. >> reporter: there are two cubas. one that you don't see. you see buildings are collapsing around me. people are hanging on. part of that is due to the long time u.s. economic sanctions. part of that is frankly due to the cuban government's inability to manage their own economy. so you talk to people here and you hear how they only make $20 a month. not nearly enough to get by, but it is what they have. they have, of course, old cars passed done for generations. they keep running. they look like they could fall apart anytime. some of them do. so when you talk to people really in impoverished neighborhoods like this one, you talk about the improved
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u.s./cuban economic relations mean to them. you talk about how they don't just want it to improve their economic relations, they need it to. >> translator: you try to focus on what you have, which is enough, but if you have more. >> reporter: this cuba is for international visitors with hard currency to spend. you see the walls are painted and the buildings are not collapsing. are they ready for the changes? they are welcoming them just the same. tensions are running high inside and outside the courthouse where suspected boston marathon bomber dzhokhar tsarnaev made his first public appearance in 17 months since his arraignment. a friend during the hearing shouted out that she supports tsarnaev asking the government to stop killing innocent boys. outside, a victim who lost his leg in bombing confronted tsarnaev supporter while shaking
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his leg. tsarnaev's trial is set to begin january 5th. the bombing victim is saying here is your proof. stephen colbert filed his last report thursday night. the faux republican put on a show of shows in his "the word" segment. he thanked the nation for supporting him in his crazy pursuits. he saved the olympics and ran for president. he broke out into the hit song "we'll meet again." bringing on jon stewart and willie nelson and big bird and katie couric and cnn's christiane amanpour got in on the fun. and in true colbert fashion, he bid his fans a farewell like only he can. >> first and foremost, everybody who worked so hard every day to make something special. all of our friends and family for putting up with all our long hours. the network for the chance to
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begin with and the guests who came on. there are too many to thank. i'll thank mavis staples. mavis, if you could call everybody tomorrow, that would be great. >> he said he was reporting from eternity. let's get an early start on your money with cristina alesci. cristina, stocks, stocks, stocks. >> european and asia shares are higher. u.s. stock futures after a massive rally yesterday. the dow had its best day in more than three years. it climbed 421 points or 2.4%. in the past two days, the dow added 709 points total. the best two-day gain since november the 2008. a big reversal from the past two weeks when stocks were actually sliding and everybody was talking about a pullback which never came. so what is sending stocks higher? it is all about the federal reserve.
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the market is so addicted to easy money and since fed chair janet yellen indicated there was no rush to raise interest rates, stocks are getting a huge boost. nice christmas present for investors and traders. >> a bonus. >> for all of the month, stocks are still down, but my hunch is that will change by the end of the month. >> all right. let's see where that goes. it depends on what we buy for christmas. it is all writing. cristina, thank you. coming up, is the secret service stretched too thin? a new report with shocking claims about a lack of staff training and even security issues protecting the white house. what's causing it? we will have the details. stay with us. intr the citi® double cash card. it's a cash back win-win. with 1% when you buy and 1% as you pay. with two ways to earn on puchases, it makes a lot of other cards seem one-sided.
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they expanded the air bag recalls nationwide. they are adding 500,000 more cars to the list. ford said it was aware of one accident related to the malfunctioning air bags. police in kentucky are searching for a suspect who stole a car who drove off with a 20 day old baby in the backseat. baby henry was reunited with his parents after being found in ft. mitchell gas station. two women in the area recognized it from the amber alert. >> i was on my way to work. i saw the car and i just pulled in thinking there is no way that is the car. i saw the license plate. we ran up. i said are you seeing the same thing. we opened the door and the baby was inside. >> the car was stolen seconds after henry's mother walked
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inside a florence gas station. michael phelps trial will begin. phelps had a blood alcohol level of .14 when he was arrested in september. that is twice the legal limit. it was his second dui charge in ten years. phelps put his olympic career on hold to deal with the charges. what kid has not wondered if the man behind the white hair and beard is the real santa. 6-year-old aaron williams got a bigger than usual surprise when he pulled off santa's beard. it turned out that the guy was his dad. air force senior airman nicholas williams. home on a 28-day pass from south korea. aaron got his one and only christmas wish. best present ever. let's take a look at what is coming up on "new day." chris cuomo is joining us now. >> those stories are just awesome sauce. you know you don't want to see anybody have the right thing
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happen to them more than the men and women serving our force. deb, that makes that kid's christmas. they are santa's helpers. the real guy is very busy. those people you see, those are santa's helpers. this was a very special santa helper. >> you bet. >> the show this morning. here is what we will do. this situation with sony is much bigger than we understand. it is not about hollywood. not about a company. this is about an international terror attack. the u.s. now says they have been quiet. the u.s. government say they have the proof and it points to north korea. the question is what will they do about it? a team of cyber attackers is working to discredit countries outside pyongyang. can that be true? who are they? how do we know this? most importantly, what will the u.s. do about it? it sony is vulnerable? what about other countries and what about our defense systems
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in the united states? a big question. a story about a silly movie. we will take this on. the implications are far beyond hollywood. it is time to stop talking about that aspects. >> cyber security experts and law enforcement will tell you every company is vulnerable. chris, thanks. the u.s. now confirming air strikes were successful in taking out three isis leaders. what this means for the militant group and the 1,300 u.s. soldiers now being deployed to iraq.
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three isis leaders have been killed in u.s. air strikes. a senior military official telling cnn two top leaders and one mid level leader were wiped out killed in multiple strikes last month. this comes as the president signs deployment orders on thursday for 1,300 troops to head to iraq. deployed outside baghdad. breaking news this morning. 37-year-old businessman crashing a car into the headquarters of the country's ruling conservative party. madrid police finding two gas cans in the car with an unknown substance. cnn's al goodman joins us from madrid. the motive and have they
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diffused this? >> reporter: we are not sure there is a bomb to diffuse, they activated, deborah, the protocol because the car made it into the entry hall of the party headquarters. the streets are still cut off. i walked down and took a look. it does not appear to be terrorism. because of the gas cans and some unknown substances studied, that is why they cleared the area out. the metro underneath that area was cut off a short while ago. they are trying to figure out what happened. this man in his late 30s said to be a businessman according to reports from police, is blaming the conservative government for his economic problems. a ruling party spokesman in parliament a short while ago said he might have some sort of problems in the head, but clearly a security breach into the headquarters of the ruling security party which is normally guarded. >> thank you. uber is off the roads in
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let's get an early start on your money with cristina alesci. cristina. >> it is early christmas for stocks this year. take a look at this. asia and europe stocks are up a lot this morning. u.s. stock futures are too. just to recap the week, deb, yesterday, the dow had its best day since 2011. it claimed 421 points. since wednesday, the dow had the strongest two-day performance in more than six years. why all the optimism? the fed promised to keep the easy money flowing. showing no rush to raise rates. stocks are up, oil is still tumbling. that's putting big oil state texas at risk of recession. look at the chart. crude oil sitting at $54 a barrel right now. in the summer, over 100. prices slashed in half because of the supply boom in the united
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states. 40% of the oil comes from texas. now low oil prices could cause a recession in the state as producers dial back investment and cut jobs. uber is suspending service in portland for the next three months. a judge asked the company to stand down while the city updates regulations to account for the car service. so it's really not all bad for uber. it may soon have a legit way to operate in the area. the car service is facing similar hurdles in cities around the world. obviously not the only challenge for uber. it has had bad press lately. recently in canada over that terrorist attack and the rates actually spiked around that time. the company came under a tremendous amount of fire for what looked like profiting off a very unfortunate and terrible subject. >> cristina, thank you. "new day" starts now.
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clearly, the hacker came if north korea. >> we're considering a range of options who babout how to respond. >> it's time for us to respond to this in a very strong way. >> the policy of engagement with the cuban people will overtime help open things up. >> once again, president obama has decided to do something absolutely without precedent. the dow jones soaring, 421 points. >> what will be the effect on oil prices on global economies? >> the best one-day gain in more than three years. >> good morning, welcome to "new day," it is friday, december 19th, just before 6:00 in the east, chris cuomo and alisyn camerota here. there's a lot of new information about the cyberterror attack on sony pictures. the evidence is in and it points
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right at north korea. the u.s. government is expected to publicly blame the regime as early as today. the big question is what will the u.s. do about it? because so far the silence has been deafening. >> cnn learning that investigators have evidence that hackers stole the credentials of a system administrator getting access to the studio's computer system. meaning it was not an inside job. the losses for sony go far beyond canceling the release of the controversial film. it could be the costliest cyberattack against a company in u.s. history. let's begin with senior washington correspondent joe johns what do we know? >> the white house and the u.s. is waiting for investigators at the fbi and the justice department to wrap up their investigation as the administration tries to deal with the fallout. from sony's decision to essentially pull the film.

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