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world lead

December 19th, 2014
06:11 PM ET

Former CIA expert: North Korea has an 'extensive cyber warrior capability'

(CNN) - We now know how the U.S. traced the Sony cyber attack to North Korea, but how did hackers pull it off?

Bruce Klingner, a former CIA depuity division chief, who monitored North and South Korea, joined "The Lead" to discuss North Korea's "extensive cyber warrior capability."

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national lead

December 17th, 2014
06:23 PM ET

Panel: Hacker's 'cyber-terrorism' works

(CNN) - The cyber attack is crippling business at Sony Entertainment.

Aside from pulling the Dec. 25 film release amidst theater push-back, in the last two weeks, company stock has plunged more than 10 percent. Sony is also facing legal trouble. Two former employees filed a lawsuit saying the company failed to keep their personal information safe.

The deteriorating situation could have implications for the entire movie industry, not to mention national security.

Variety's senior editor Ted Johnson and former State Department official Jamie Metzl join "The Lead" to discuss the fallout.

national lead

December 16th, 2014
05:56 PM ET

Panel: 'Cyber terrorists' hacking Sony should concern everyone

(CNN) - How seriously should anyone take the terrorist threats from these hackers, and what of the cyber-terrorism they have already successfully pulled off against Sony?

CNN Military Analyst Maj. Gen. James "Spider" Marks and former State Department official Jamie Metzl discuss the geopolitics behind the Sony hacking.

Instagram bypasses Twitter in number of users

money lead

December 10th, 2014
03:01 PM ET

Instagram bypasses Twitter in number of users

(CNN) – Social media giant Instagram announced Wednesday that there are now more than 300 million users posting random images about their life, their loved ones, and their lunch on the mobile site.

The company said users post at least 70 million photos and videos a day.

Exactly two years ago, College Humor had a little fun making fun of pointless pictures on Instagram, while also making Nickleback tolerable for two minutes.

With this new milestone, Instagram now bypasses the 284 million users on Twitter.

The company is also borrowing a feature from Twitter. In the next few days, Instagram will launch verified accounts, separating real celebrity and brand pages from the fake ones.

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national lead

December 8th, 2014
06:32 PM ET

UVA student council president: I believe something horrible happened to Jackie

(CNN) – Groups are blasting Rolling Stone for not asking more questions before it published a gripping article about a campus rape at the University of Virginia.

The magazine detailed a freshman named Jackie who was allegedly gang raped at a frat party. Several reporters unearthed discrepancies in the story, and the magazine has since issued two apologies. The first said it misplaced its trust in Jackie. Then the magazine updated its statement saying "these mistakes are on Rolling Stone, not on Jackie."

The fraternity named in the article, Phi Kappa Psi, denies any wrong doing.

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