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developing over night, a hack attack. targeting millions of workers and the u.s. pointing the finger at the chinese government. the latest straight ahead. encouraged by isis. the man police say planned to behead an activist communicated online with the terror group. new details emerge about why police decided they could no
longer wait to take action. good morning. welcome to "early start." i'm john berman. >> i'm christine romans. it is 4:00 a.m. in the east. millions of current and former federal employees scrambling to check bank statements after a hack that breached their personal information. officials say nearly every u.s. agency was hacked affecting up to 4 million current and former employees. the investigators believe that the hack originated with the chinese government. cnn white house correspondent michelle kosinski has the latest. >> reporter: john and christine, we are hearing from the office of personnel management that this enormous hack has happened possibly the biggest government hack we have seen. affecting up to 4 million former and current government employees who may have had their personal information accessed.
this office of personnel is the hr department of the federal government. they were actually trying to update their cyber security when they realized in april it looked like an incursion happened. we know more detail about this. those employees are being contacted. there's reports out there this could have come from china. for now, the white house is not commenting on that. the federal government has been plagued by the attacks, especially in the past year. we heard about the white house and state department computers accessed. just in the last week some 100,000 americans had their personal tax information accessed in the irs. that hack originated supposedly from russia. both china and russia have been suspected in numerous hacks in the past. in some cases, it is thought the government was behind them. in china, there is an element within the chinese army that is
launching cyber attacks. it is unclear here. we expect to hear more in coming days. john and christine. >> thanks michelle. intelligence officials tell cnn investigators believe hackers working for the chinese military are compiling an immense database of americans information. it is not clear the purpose of the database is. the chinese government is rejecting the claims it is behind the cyber attacks. in a statement, the chinese embassy says cyber attacks across countries are hard to track and the source of attacks are difficult to identify. jumping to conclusions and hypothetical accusations is not responsible. and some were plotting to behead pamela geller before turning their attention to police. officials say one of the men in the plot was encouraged to plot
with isis. we are learning more about why law enforcement moved when they did to question usaama rahim. officials knew from the wire tap that rahim called his father earlier to say good-bye. pamela brown has more from boston. >> reporter: john and christine, we are learning more about the role that isis played in the terror plot. a separate plot to target law enforcement in massachusetts and then pamela geller. i have been speaking with one of the three men who had been in contact with known terrorists through isis overseas. the men believed they were acting on behalf of isis. however, the family of one of the men, usaama rahim, shot and killed on tuesday, said it's news to them. here is what the attorney had to
say. >> the family is aware of media reports that suggest that usaama rahim had been radicalized by isil. that comes as an absolute surprise to the family. they had not perceived any conduct or change in demeanor. >> reporter: we are learning from william evans, that rahim was put under 24/7 surveillance ten days ago. when he bought the knives on amazon.com. authorities were growing concerned he was becoming operational and apparently on tuesday, there was a heightened concern because they believed he may be boarding a bus with one of the knives and launching an attack. that is why those five officials approached him in the parking lot. john and christine. >> pamela, thank you. usaama rahim's brother is backing off his initial claim that officers shot his brother in the back. after police screened security video of the shooting for
rahim's family. he admitted his posts were wrong. he told cnn's erin burnett, the family is still not convinced rahim had ties to isis. >> of course we dispute it. we don't know that to be a fact about him. we are a muslim-american community. i think really you have to start speaking more about the muslims of america and not in syria doing the bad things who don't like america. speak about the muslims who live here and love america. that's me. that's the rahim family. >> new this morning, a remarkable setback for isis. a top air force general reports that isis prop began distance revealed the islamic state headquarters building that was blown up hours later. we have nick paton walsh with the latest from baghdad. good morning, nick.
>> reporter: these comments from the general you mentioned, show many that know isis posts locations where they stand all over social media. sometimes not switching off the geo tagging of the posts. you can geo locate as it is called certain things by seeing the hills or terrain around them. that is what happened in one case which clearly according to the claims in the air force times, one particular moron, the phase was used the picture of one next to the headquarters and 22 hours later, $60,000 worth of explosives landed on that location after a lot of work by the air force to see where that was. it falls in the broader messages trying to make it sound like they are getting the upper hand despite evidence on the ground
they were saying in the military circles that 13,000 isis fighters had been quote taken off the battle field. little frankly, to see what is done on the ground here. we are hearing the fight for anbar will get a boost by 800 special iraqi troops moved in to boost that operation. all we have been hearing in the past few days is the setback of the forces around that town. the fact that isis cut off the key dam near that starving local population and security forces are amassing for the counter attack for the water they need for basic life. a very complex task still here. particularly in the oppressive heat. >> water is a precious resource. thank you, nick. new this morning, the death toll climbing following the cruise ship disaster on the yangtze river. the ship is upright and all hope gone of finding anyone alive.
what was a rescue operation is now a recovery mission. chinese officials say 97 bodies have been found. 14 people rescued. the last of them on tuesday. more than 300 people missing in what may be the worse chinese shipping disaster in more than 60 years. new this morning, edward snowden speaks out in the op-ed new york times. snowden writes we are witnessing the emergence of the post terrorist generation. one that rejects the world view defined by a singular tragedy. for the first time since the attacks in 2001 we see the outline of a politics that turns away from reaction and fear in favor of resilience and reason. this is in an effort to battle foreign computer hacking. >> another big story about a potentially chinese government
hacking the united states federal government federal government database. rick perry launching his 2016 campaign and hoping to erase the memory of 2012. there was no mention of the current felony indictment of abuse of power charges, but pushed his leadership skills. >> i have dealt with crises from the disintegrate of the space shuttle to katrina and ike and the first diagnosis of ebola in america. >> jeb bush's announcement he has not officially entered the race. >> he has set the date to make the announcement. >> he is announcing something on june 15th. >> in a completely unrelated note a green light for the little pink pill.
the fda panel voted to recommend approval of female viagra. it is meant to treat sexual disorder. this is the third time it has been reviewed by the fda. now awaits official fda approval. time for an early start on your money. u.s. stock futures barely moving. it was an ugly day. the dow dropped 170 points thanks to more problems in greece. greece postponed the loan payment due to the imf today. the country needs cash to avoid default and exit from the eurozone. a lot more to consider for investors. the may jobs report comes at 8:30 a.m. we will hear from opec. they are expected to keep output the same. there is still a supply glut out there. oil prices dipping a bit. $57 a barrel.
that is up from lows earlier in the year. a year ago, it was over $100. it used to be when prices sank opec is keeping prices the same. severe weather ahead today for the central plains. let's go to meteorologist derrekek van dam for the look at the weather. >> good morning, john and christine. another round of severe weather across the plains and into the rockies stretching to the midwest as well. we have a very warm weather trend in store for the weekend across much of texas. cool along the east coast, including the mid-atlantic states. there is a warming trend. more on that in a second. large hail and damaging winds for the northeastern sections of colorado outside of the denver region. we could pick up pockets of 1 to 3 inches of rain in the slow
moving thunderstorms across portions of nebraska and into south dakota that stretches east toward missouri and iowa. here is the set up. low pressure system east of the rockies funneling in the thunderstorm activity as it makes its way to the mountain regions. hot weather across texas. daytime highs for dallas. across the east coast, we see things warming up by saturday and sunday into new york city. back to you. >> derek, thank you. the mystery causing tension in northern colorado. three people gunned down in last two months. two of them linked to the same shooter. latest on that investigation coming up.
home in loveland. now the investigators are looking to see if a serial shooter is on the loose. we have the latest from denver. >> reporter: this is the latest vick was shot. he was actually a few blocks from his house when he was gunned down. now at this point, authorities are not saying there is a firm link to the other shootings, only there is a likeness. at this point, an agency task force is investigating whether or not there is a connection. as we have been recording, this is the third shooting in the area in the past six weeks. in april, a 20-year-old woman shot in her car as she was about to get on the freeway. she was shot through the neck and survived. a month later, a 48-year-old man shot along a country road. his bike found nearby. authorities say those shootings were committed by the same person both victims shot twice. they are not revealing anymore similarities in terms of what happened in the shootings. the question is whether the same person may be responsible for this third shooting.
john and christine. >> dan, thanks for that. federal authorities in baltimore are ramping up to find drug store looters. at least 70 people are accused of stealing large amounts of narcotics. officials say more than 175s,000 doses are on the streets. the air force offering new protections for transgender troops. how will this affect their ability to serve? that's next.
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officials now putting the blame on china. what could beijing be planning to do with all this information? we have the latest moments away. the man killed by boston police for allegedly plotting a terror attack was urged to carry out his plot by isis. details emerging about the phone call that accelerated the investigation. who did the suspect call? what did he say that forced police to make their move. welcome back to "early start." i'm christine romans. >> i'm john berman. 30 minutes past the hour. current and former employees are scrambling to check bank statements after a huge hack that breached their personal information. officials say nearly every u.s. agency was hit affecting up to 4 million current and former ply employees. they are calling this one of the biggest hacks against the u.s. government ever.
one of the most stunning details may be the source of the attack. officials tell cnn that they believe it began in china, perhaps with the knowledge of the chinese government. cnn correspondent michelle kosinski has the latest. >> reporter: john and christine, we are hearing from the office of personnel management that the hack has happened. possibly the biggest government hack we have seen. affecting up to 4 million former and current government employees who may have had their personal information accessed. this office of personnel is the hr department of the federal government. they were actually trying to update their cyber security when they realized in april that it looked like an incursion has happened. we know more detail about this. those employees are being contacted. there are reports out there that this could have come from china. for now, the white house is not commenting on that. the federal government has just been plagued by these attacks, especially in the past year.
we heard about the white house and state department computers accessed. just in the last week some 100,000 americans had their personal tax information accessed within the irs. that hack supposedly originated from russia. that is what u.s. open officials believe. both china and russia have been suspected in numerous hacks in the past. some of those cases, it is thought that the governments were behind them. as for china, u.s. officials believe an element within the chinese army that is planning and launching cyber attacks. it's unclear if that was the case here but we expect to hear more information about this in coming days. john and christine. >> another ominous detail about the suspected chinese involvement in the hack. officials believe hackers working for the chinese military are compiling a database of all of our information. americans information. it is not clear the purpose of the database would be. the chinese government rejecting claims it is behind the attacks.
it always rejects claims of the sort. in a statement, the chinese embassy says attacks across countries are not hard to track and the source of attacks is difficult to identify. jumping to conclusions is not responsible and counter productive. we know there have been many instances where a cyber expert says they can trace attacks back to china and the chinese army. people's liberation army. you hear they are not involved and we are seeing shadows and ghosts they usually say. >> it may be plausible de. >> somebody types in democracy in a browser. intellectual property theft manages so go on. we talked to a senior american banker who said they are
concerned about the iranians and russias s russia russians and chinese. and authorities says two were plotting to behead pamela geller. at least one of the men involved in the plot was encoreuraged to launch an attack overseas connected to isis. we are learning more about why police moved in when they did to question usaama rahim. it was moving in that an approach that ended with officers shooting rahim dead. officials knew from a wire tap that rahim called his father earlier in the day to say his good-byes. from boston pamela brown has the latest. >> reporter: john and christine, we are learning more about the role isis played with the terror plot. the plot to behead pamela geller in new york and target law enforcement in massachusetts.
according to officials, one of the three men involved with the conspiracy allegedly had been in contact with known isis terrorists overseas. that contact happened through social media. the men, believed they were acting on behalf of isis. however, the family of one of the men, usaama rahim, shot and killed on tuesday, said it is news to them that he had anything to do with isis. here is what their attorney had to say. >> the family of course is aware of various media reports that suggest that usaama rahim had been radicalized by isil. that comes as a surprise to the family. they had not perceived any conduct or change. >> reporter: we are learning from the boston police commissioner william evans. rahim was put under 24/7 surveillance ten days ago. that is when he apparently bought the three knives on amazon.com.
authorities were growing concerned he was becoming operational and on tuesday, apparently there was a heightened concern because they believed he may be boarding a bus with one of those knives and launching an attack. that is why we are told the five officials approached him in the parking lot. john and christine. >> thank you, pamela brown. usaama rahim's brother is backing off his initial claim that officers shot his brother in the back. after police showed security video of the shooting to rahim's family his brother admitted his social media posts were wrong. when he told erin burnett that the family is not convinced that rahim has links to isis. >> we dispute it. we don't know that to be a fact about usaama at all. we are a muslim-american community. you have to speak about the muslims of america and not the muslims in syria doing bad things who don't like america.
speak about the muslims who live here and love america. that's me. that's the rahim family. >> the stories of isis success recruiting fighters and lone wolves on social media are everywhere. now there is at least one story of a social media disaster for the militant group. a top air force general revealed that isis propaganda revealed the location of the islamic headquarters building and the coalition blew up hours later. we have cnn's nick paton walsh with this story. it sounds like a fighter and his selfie meant the end of that building. >> reporter: what is described by air force as a moron in isis. took a picture of himself outside headquarters. we don't know if the air force then used the fact that the postings was geo tagged. you can give away a location if you don't switch it off. you look at the surrounding
environment and the hills and try to work out exactly where that was. we know that the air force says that $60,000 of ammunitions took down that building. it comes part of the barrage of success stories that u.s. officials are keen to sell to the media in the past weeks or so. we heard similarly from the air force. they believe they have taken 13,000 isis fighters off the battle field. that is 3,000 more in the period of 24 hours. the state department said 10,000. this confused body count part of the picture of information now given by the u.s. government trying to say they see success. on the ground we are seeing the opposite. isis has control of ramadi. they shot down ramadi's dam. that is causing severe water shortages soon or possibly already south of that area.
that affecting the iraqi security forces and civilians there. perhaps those involved in the counter attack to take ramadi. we hear troops are rushed in to bolster that move. it hasn't happened yet. isis has longer in the town with the control over the dam and water now. they boost their presence in the area. it looks harder day by day. stories by the air force paint a picture for the success, but miss the broader issue of strategic issues. christine. >> nick in baghdad. thanks. new this morning, they keep recovering bodies following the monday cruise ship disaster on the yangtze river. the "eastern star" has been turned upright and all hope gone of finding anyone alive. what was a rescue operation is now a recovery. a total of 97 bodies have been found so far. 14 people rescued. the last of them on tuesday.
more than 300 people remain missing andin what could be the worse chinese shipping disaster in years. we are hearing from edward snowden for the first time since the fight over the patriot act. snowden speaks in favor of the changes to the patriot act which strip the nsa authority to collect data on american phone calls. he says we are witnessing the post generation one that rejektscts the world defined by a tragedy. we see the politics turned away from reaction and fear. this as we learn the white house expanded the warrant list of internet traffic in the effort to combat computer hacking. delaware is mourning one of its favorite sons. beau biden, people will pay the final respects at the viewing at
a church in wilmington. on thursday more than 1,000 people attended the memorial service honoring biden at the delaware statehouse. beau biden died after a battle with brain cancer. this is not about politics. this is about a man who was loved and father. like i said this ceremony yesterday was beautiful. president obama will deliver the eulogy on saturday. an fda advisory panel voting to recommend female viagra. this is the third time it was reviewed by the fda which in the past has rejected it for having too many side effects. it awaiting official approval. stocks are lower around the world. asian shares are down.
greece will not make a loan payment to the imf today. that sent u.s. stocks lower yesterday. the dow, ugly day. down 170 points. a lot more to consider before the opening bell. the may jobs report is due out at 8:30 a.m. prediction of 222,000 jobs added and the unemployment rate is 5.4%. what i will watch is wages. wages are stagnant. stuck at 2%. it doesn't make you feel good. the labor market is tightening. that could translate to higher wages ahead. this is what federal reserve is watching and economists are watching to see when wage growth picks up to raise interest rates. it will show the economy is strong enough. every worker would like a better raise than 2%.
fatally shot blocks from his home in loveland. local police and fbi formed a task force to investigate if a serial shooter is on the loose in colorado. dan simon has latest for us. >> reporter: john and christine, this street is where the latest victim 65-year-old william kanol was gunned down. police are not saying if there is a link to the other shootings, but a likeness. the task force and fbi is investigating if there is a connection. as we have been reporting, this is the third shooting in the past six weeks. in april, a 20-year-old woman shot in her car. she was shot through the neck and survived. then about a month later, a 48-year-old man shot along the country road. his bicycle found nearby. authorities say the shootings were committed by the same person. both victims shot twice. they are not revealing anymore
similarities in terms of what happened in the shootings. the question is whether the same person may be responsible for the third shooting. john and christine. >> dan, thanks. defense department is dolling out big bucks for promotion. now the senate is taking action. we'll tell you how next. [ man ] look how beautiful it is. ♪ ♪ honey, we need to talk. we do? i took the trash out. i know. and thank you so much for that. i think we should get a medicare supplement insurance plan. right now? [ male announcer ] whether you're new to medicare or not, you may know it only covers about 80% of your part b medical expenses. it's up to you to pay the difference. so think about an aarp medicare supplement insurance plan, insured by unitedhealthcare insurance company. like all standardized medicare supplement insurance plans they help cover some of what medicare doesn't pay. i did a little research. with a medicare supplement plan,
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welcome back. the u.s. air force easing rules on transgender troops offering them more protection. in the past a service member diagnosed with transgender was typically discharged on medical grounds. now the policy will be reviewed by high level officials. three u.s. senators and john mccain are calling for the end of the practice to use taxpayer money at sporting events. the patriots and two other franchises received flag rollouts and other military color guards. in a statement, the nfl says the amendment paints a distorted picture of the relationship of nfl teams and the military. >> i did not know those were paid. i thought it was part of the
performance. >> the military does advertise a bit on tv and other places. those matter to them. where the line ends is interesting. game one is in the books. golden state warriors beating the cavaliers in overtime. 108-100. the warriors trailed most of the game but took over in the extra session. they were never threatened. lebron james scored 44 for the cavaliers. game two is sunday. >> and kyrie irving walked off injured. american pharoah is one victory away from the triple crown. could be the first horse in 37 years to capture the triple crown. >> are you putting money on it? >> no. one of the hardest feats in sports. california chrome last year failed in his triple crown bid. the last horse to win was affirmed in 1978.
happy friday. i'm christine romans. let's get an early start on your money. stocks lower around the world. european and asian stocks lower. greece will not make a loan payment today. pushing it off hoping creditors will give more bailout funds. and a lot to consider. the may jobs report comes before the opening bell at 8:30 a.m. and a decision from opec this morning. we are looking at 222,000 net new jobs in the month. facebook rolling out a stripped down version of the app. facebook light. you will still have access to essentials. the app is available on androids and asia will rollout in the
next few weeks. earlier this year, facebook brought free web access. get ready to change your bookmarks. yahoo! maps shutting down. the software architects says it will be discontinued in the next month. it is under competition with google maps and apple maps. some of yahoo! regional tv is being reviewed. >> interesting. "early start" continues right now. >> developing overnight. unprecedented hack attack emerging. the target millions of federal workers. this is an attack against. u.s. government and the
government is pointing the finger at the chinese. the man boston police say planned to behead an activist communicated online by the terror group. new details emerge why police could no longer wait to take action. welcome to "early start." i'm christine romans. >> it is great to see you. i'm john berman. it is friday june 5th. all over the country. developing overnight, what could be the biggest government hack ever and major international complyications complications. federal officials say nearly every u.s. agency was hit effecting up to 4 million current and former employees of the executive branch. personal information stolen including social security numbers. the most important detail of all may be the source of the hack. investigators believe it originated within