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The cyber attack on Sony Pictures was so complete and so destructive that one security expert says the company should disconnect from the Internet. Is it the work of North Korea? Who else has the motive? What's the message about the risk to other networks that major private companies now depend on?

Also, a Taliban attack on a Pakistan school leaves more than 100 dead, and Denmark bids for the North Pole. It's not about Santa Claus, but a less exotic international competition.

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Taliban Attack on Pakistan School Leaves More than 140 Dead 6 MIN, 30 SEC

The Taliban has claimed responsibility the assassination of at least 141 people at a school run by the military in Pakistan's Northwest frontier.  Secretary of State John Kerry decried the atrocity, "The images are absolutely gut-wrenching – young children, carried away in ambulances, a teacher burned alive, in front of her students. A house of learning turned into a house of unspeakable horror. Prime Minister Sharif said, ‘These are my children, this is my loss.' Well this morning, wherever you are, wherever you live, those are our children." Saeed Shah, Pakistan correspondent for the Wall Street Journal, joins us from Islamabad.

Saeed Shah, Wall Street Journal (@SaeedShah)

Sony Pictures and Cyber Warfare 34 MIN, 41 SEC

The Los Angeles Times is reporting that two former employees filed a class action suit today against Sony Pictures over the massive computer breach that exposed details about upcoming movies, business deals, juicy Hollywood gossip—and the personal information of thousands of current and former workers.  Sony is in major damage control three weeks after what FBI agents call a cyber attack of unprecedented sophistication.  Executives are apologizing, but the flow of inside information continues as self-proclaimed hackers Guardians of Peace promise there’s more to come. Nobody knows if it’s really about The Interview, a Seth Rogen comedy about assassinating the leader of North Korea.  The big questions are who did it and who might be next.  Is every corporate communication system vulnerable to total exposure? 

Daniel Miller, Los Angeles Times (@danielnmiller)
Brent Lang, Variety (@BrentALang)
Michael Riley, Bloomberg News (@rileybloomberg)
Kevin Mitnick, Mitnick Security Consulting (@Kevinmitnick)
Sean Sullivan, Washington Post (@FixSean)

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Kevin Mitnick

Denmark Stakes Claim on North Pole 4 MIN, 46 SEC

The UN Convention on the Laws of the Sea provides that countries have “exclusive economic zones” 200 miles off their shores.  But if they have “extended continental shelves,” they can go further than that.  In 2007, Russia planted a flag made of titanium under the North Pole — just in case it might someday become open to exploration.  Canada has also claimed ownership — and now Denmark is staking a claim. Heather Conley, Senior Vice President of Europe, Eurasia and the Arctic for the Center for Strategic and International Studies, explains what this all has to do with Greenland.

Heather Conley, Center for Strategic and International Studies (@CSISEurope)

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