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breaking news tonight -- a bombshell from yahoo, a massive breach, hackers making off with private information from over a billion people. we have late details. nbc news exclusive, u.s. intelligence has directly linked vladimir putin to the campaign to disrupt the election. the russian president himself actively directing the use of hacked material. the price you pay -- the fed hikes interest rates, and your credit card bills, mortgage, car loans and student loans are about to get more expensive. invasion of privacy? uber under fire, a former employee accuses the company of allowing unauthorized access to the movements of 40 million customers. line of duty -- a supermarket surprise for an amazing mom.
and we remember a beloved tv dad, "nightly news" begins right now. >> announcer: from nbc news world headquarters in new york, this is "nbc nightly news" with lester holt. good evening, there's late word from yahoo tonight of a massive and stunning security breach. the company revealing that hackers may have stolen the personal information from more than a billion yahoo users. the hack apparently occurred over three years ago, but is just now being made public. what's more, the eye-popping breach is apparently separate from the major attack announced by the company just a few months ago. nbc's miguel almaguer has late details. >> in what is one of the largest hacks in u.s. history, today yahoo confirms data from more than one billion user accounts was stolen in 2013. private names, email addresses, telephone numbers, dates of birth, even encrypted security questions and answers have been exposed.
attack is something that we've never seen before but we're going to keep seeing these things. because now the internet has been around a long time. >> scrambling to identify the person or group who penetrated their firewalls, tonight the internet giant says we've taken steps to secure those user accounts and we're working closely with law enforcement. but this isn't the first attack. three months ago yahoo revealed another massive breach. when at least 500 million users had their account information stolen. suspicious a foreign government may have been involved that hack is still under investigation tonight. >> once a hacker gets your information from yahoo, they can use that to get into other things that are going to make money for the hacker. >> though it's believed no bank account or credit card information was stolen, security experts say your other accounts, like online banking, that use the same passwords, could now be at serious risk. so yahoo says -- change all your passwords now.
tonight at least one billion users are vulnerable, and so is their private information. miguel almaguer, nbc news, los angeles. now an nbc news exclusive, what intelligence officials say is evidence the russian effort to disrupt the u.s. election went all the way to the top. naming president vladimir putin, a former kgb chief, an active player in the cyber operation that targeted democrats and the hillary clinton campaign. we've learned new details about what officials believe motivated the plot. nbc's senior investigative correspondent cynthia mcfadden tells us more. >> tonight nbc news can report that vladimir putin was personally involved in the russian attempt to disrupt the u.s. election. two senior intelligence officials with direct access to all the information tell nbc news the new intelligence is derived from diplomatic sources and others including spies working for america's allies. specifically, a high-level
tells nbc news putin's role was directing the use of the hacked material. putin's objectives were multi-faceted. what we again as a vendetta gas hillary clinton morphed into a an effort to show corruption in american politics and split off key american allies, by creating the image that other countries couldn't depend on u.s. to be a credible global leader any more. >> he's had a vendetta against hillary clinton, that's been known for a long time. he wants to discredit american democracy and make us weaker in terms of leading the liberal democratic order. and most certainly, he likes president-elect trump's views on russia. now it sounds like we have evidence to support those hypothesis. >> so tonight the question, will the u.s. retaliate against mr. putin directly? as part of its
[000:04:58;00] mr. putin's personal empire and concluded that his network controlled some $85 billion worth of assets. lester? >> cynthia, thank you. paying more for anything is rarely good news. but those who track the economy say today's announcement by the fed that it's racing a key interest rate after years of historic lows, is yet another sign the economy is on the upswing. for only the second time since the great recession, the federal reserve bumped up the rate banks charge each other. raising it a quarter point. but as tom costello tells us, it will have an effect on all of us and what we pay for a lot of things. >> for the second time in a decade, the federal reserve raises overnight lending rates. >> today's quarter-point rate hike a vote of confidence that the economic recovery is real. while raising rates slowly, the fed is giving itself room to lower rates again should the economy stumble. >> we expect the economy will continue to perform well with the job market strengthening further and inflation rising to
2% over the next couple of >> higher rates mean borrowing will become modestly more expensive. affecting credit cards, short-term loans, federal student loans and new car loans. also affected, mortgage rates, which for years have been sitting near record lows. >> the beautiful hardwood floors. >> this woman's realtor told her to expect a rate hike, so she and her family just closed on their first house in new york. just in time. >> we locked in an interest rate of 3.75. as of friday, the interest rates are 4.75. that's a $200-a-month difference. >> if you took out a popular adjustable rate mortgage when rates were low, now is the time to lock in a fixed rate. >> you want to insulate yourself from the interest rate increases. >> higher rates could be good news for anyone with cds or anyone on fixed incomes dependant on interest rates. >> if the investments you have are interest rate
dependant, your increases will be their house payments will be cheaper than the rent they were paying. >> the days of cheap money may be coming to an end as the economy picks up steam. the consensus at the feds is they will raise rates three more times in 2017. much of that could depend on the trump administration's effects on the economy. lester. >> tom costello, thanks, tom. tonight federal prosecutors have arrested their case against dylann roof, the man charged with killing nine african-american worshippers at the emanuel a.m.e. church in charleston, south carolina. they ended their case with emotional testimony and the dramatic 911 call from one of the few survivors. >> after jurors saw these chilling videos of dylann roof
taking target practice. people dead, i think. oh, my god. >> today they heard the horrifying 911 call from one of the church massacre's three survivors. 72-year-old polly shepherd. >> he shot the pastor. can the police come right away. >> she defense under a table and testified that roof asked, did i shoot you? no, she responded. and he said, i'm going to leave you here, to tell the story. >> he's still in here. >> then came more gunshots. >> what's going on, miss poly? >> after his arrest, fbi agents asked roof about the woman he spared. >> do you remember telling that lady, i'm going to let you live so you can tell my story. >> yeah, i remember saying that. but there's really no story. >> investigators say there's a long story that roof carefully planned out his racist rampage. >> those who died that night simply died because they were there and they were black. >> malcolm graham is the brother of cynthia heard, one of the
charleston nine who >> how difficult was it to listen to that 911 call? >> it was chilling. and it's heartbreaking, but it was necessary pain. because i think we have a moral obligation to put racism and discrimination and hatred on trial. >> today, roof's lawyer did not cross-examine polly shepherd. telling her, i'm so sorry. >> sitting inside that courtroom lester, shepherd's resilience and strength seemed incredible. her story brought other victims' relatives to tears. meanwhile, dylann roof said he would not testify. closing arguments are now set for tomorrow. lester. >> we can imagine how painful that was, thank you. late word from syria in the urgent development of the battle for aleppo. reports that a cease-fire may be going back into effect less than a day after the original deal collapsed that could allow evacuations to resume while the u.n. is saying tonight the
bombing of rebel-held areas is likely a war crime. [000:09:59;00] >> no cease-fire, no mercy, as the bombs rained down again today on what's left of rebel-held aleppo. explosions caught live on camera. some in aleppo now seem resigned to their fate. >> so death will be a peace for us. >> the apparent cease-fire deal between rebels and regime collapsed quickly. these 47 orphans hid underground in this video posted by an arab human rights group. >> i'm yasmine and i'm ten, she says, we're scared. we can't leave because of the bombing. please get us out of
here. the u.n. says 50,000 civilians are still trapped. and in trouble. but president assad won't stop the assault on aleppo's last rebels. even if the city falls soon, it doesn't mean the end of the war. isis still controls swaths of eastern syria and just retook palmyra. rebels still hold large areas in the north and south. and kurds control strips on the border with turkey. assad wants them all back. with no evacuation, aleppo's civilians tonight fear a massacre. they are powerless to stop it. bill nealy, nbc news. there's high drama at trump tower today as some of the biggest names in silicon valley, including some who clashed with donald trump as a candidate meeting today with the president-elect making amends and laying the groundwork for the future we get details from nbc's peter alexander. >> inside trump tower a clash of the titans. the president-elect, the vice
president-elect and at the end of the table, donald ump's adult leaders, including executives from facebook, apple and google. >> this is a truly amazing group of people. i won't tell you the hundreds of calls we've had asking to come to this meeting. >> but it hasn't always been this way. take candidate trump attacking apple's refusal to unlock a terrorist iphone. >> boycott apple until such time as they give that information. >> the tech giants returned the favor. amazon's jeff bezos jokingly offering to send trump to space. >> i have rocket companies so the capability is there. >> but tonight, bezos calling the meeting with trump very productive. among the flash points for both sides, privacy concerns over customers' data. jobs where tech products should be built and immigration. >> the tech companies want to bring in high-schooled workers from china, india, russia. trump wants to curb immigration. that's a point of contention. >> trump's teams revealing the president-elect getting formal intelligence briefings three
days a week. plus a daily briefing from his national security adviser pick, lieutenant general mike flynn, himself under fire tonight. a 2010 military investigation found flynn inappropriately shared classified information with foreign governments. contradicting flynn's past claim he had permission. the investigation concluding america's national security was never at risk and flynn was never disciplined. notably not invited here today, a representative from donald trump's favorite megaphone, twitter that clashed with trump's team during the campaign over its refusal to create an emoji for the hashtag #crookedhillary. a trump official tells us there was simply so much space at the table. >> peter alexander just up the street from us, thank you. still ahead, uber uproar, our exclusive with a former employee accusing uber workers of violating customers' privacy by tracking everyone
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tonight, he's speaking out in a tv exclusive with nbc's joelynn kent. >> uber has become a nearly $70 billion business by ofri ride on your smartphone. but a former employee now says the company's lax security allowed thousands of employees who had no need, to track customers' trips without their knowledge. >> what i witnessed, there were some real problems with the safety associated with the protection of that data. i would say you know, you've got to stop. >> former security engineer ward spangenberg alleges in a lawsuit between march 2015 and february 2016, workers were able to quote track high-profile politicians, celebrities and even personal acquaintances of uber employees, including ex-girlfriends, boyfriends and ex-spouses. >> i could print it out on a spreadsheet. >> spangenberg was fired after 11 months at uber he says for raising these privacy concerns.
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