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- Welcome ladies and gentlemen.
And while sanctions are on Iran,
secondary sanctions arecoming down on countries
that do business with them.
The Russians are standingwith their buddies
and saying we're gonna uphold them
but now we learn that Iranis adding a new weapon
to it's arsenal, that's cyber espionage.
CBN News has learned that investigations
have uncovered a Iranian hackers
that are targeting ournation's power grid.
- Yeah, one cyber security analyst told us
early detection made thedifference in stopping this effort
to cripple major infrastructure.
National SecurityCorrespondent Erik Rosales
has this exclusive report.
- Sources say this newIranian hacking group
call themselves RASPITE, theirtarget, the power grid system
right here in the United States.
Cyber security experts tellme that they're thankful
that they found thesehackers at a learning stage
and not yet able tocreate widespread chaos.
- The group we're looking at here RASPITE,
you know, I'm probably guessingwe're talking, you know,
18 to 24 months beforethey're in a position
to do something actually damaging.
But that's good becauseit gives us a lot of time
but it's bad because, you know,
we may or may not begoing as fast as we should
to prevent that.
- [Erik] Cyber securityfirm Dragos says RASPITE
has been active for maybe a year or two.
Researchers first uncoveredhacks aimed at government
and other targets in the Middle East,
now they're moving toinstall custom built malware
into U.S. power grids.
Recently, experts from Semanticpublished a detailed report
on the activity of thecyber espionage team.
According to Symantec, theextent of the group's campaigns
could be wider but researchersuncovered a list written
in Farsi of 809 targetswho systems were scanned
by the attackers.
The targets, not just here in the U.S.
but the United Arab Emirates,Qatar, Bahrain, Egypt
- Our digital livesthemselves are on the line.
Our cyber adversariesare working day and night
to advance a mortalthreat to our networks,
our systems and ournational critical functions.
- [Erik] Just last week,top U.S. intelligence chiefs
warned of Russia andother countries targeting
our U.S. infrastructure and democracy.
So how do we flip the equation?
Experts say it's not only getting
the privately owned businessesworking side by side
with government but we must reach out
to allied countries as well.
- You think Israel, youthink South Korea, Japan,
countries that have tobe part of that solutions
that all of them live invery tough neighborhoods.
- Experts say this isin our best interest.
Ukraine is the practicefield for Russian hackers
and what happens therewill eventually come
to the United States.
Experts say it's gonnatake a collaborative effort
in order to fight these hackerswhich will only get worse
in the future.
Erik Rosales, CBN News, Washington.
- Ladies and gentlemen we've been talking
on this program over and over again,
I'll say it again, if somebody can get
into our power grid and shutdown our nation's power.
You see these networks are tied together
all across the country in various regions
and so that when they go down
they can affect millions of people.
But I'm talking about our food spoiling,
our banks and IT, ATM, themachines we get our money,
the stock markets, noneof those things will work
if the power grid goes down.
And we're talking about transportation,
we're talking about vehicles,
we're talking aboutmillions of people dying.
And this is a crisis thatis of major proportion
and it's something thatneeds to be addressed
with the maximum resourcesof the federal government.
It's too big for any individualcompany to take care of.
It's got to be a federal move.
And there's something, we spendmoney on all these things.
I mean, we get a new airplaneand we spend millions
and millions of dollars on anew airplane well good for us.
But how about the powergrid, it needs to be hardened
and every single one of thesenodes that connects back
and forth throughout thiscountry needs to be fixed.
Now I'm thrilled to reportthat Regent University
which I happened to be the chancellor,
has got a major program on cyber security.
It's training people, we've had people
from Homeland Security, peoplefrom the Defense Department,
people from FBI and thepeople from Navy intelligence.
We just finished a trainingsession with a group
from naval cyber securityin their intelligence branch
and they booked another 12sessions on our cyber range
which is so important.
But we've got to teach people what to do.
Now on tomorrow's programCBN News exclusive interview
with Energy Secretary, Rick Perry
to say what they are doingwith the Energy Department
to protect the power grid.
So this will affect your life,
you say it hasn't affectme, well, it will affect you
if your refrigerator doesn't work.
If the food you've got spoiled,
if you can't go to the grocery store
and they don't have any food to sell.
If the trucks that haulproduce back and forth
aren't running, if there'sno gasoline in the pumps.
If you can't get money out of an ATM,
all this kind of stuff,
it'll affect you very much
and we've got to do something about it.
So, we sound the alarm.
I feel like Paul Reveresaying the British are coming.
The danger is real.
Alright, let's go to Efrem Graham
for more of our top stories, here's Efrem.
- Pat, Russia is standing up for Iran
in the face of U.S. sanctions.
The foreign ministry says it will fight
to preserve the nuclear deal with Iran
and it's economic agreements.
Russia belongs to the group of nations
that signed on to PresidentObama's plan back in 2015.
Meanwhile, Iranian'sPresident Rouhani says
he is ready to meet withPresident Trump right now
with no pre-conditions.
Twin fires in Northern California continue
to consume large parts of the state.
The fire known as the Mendocino
has become a recordsetting fire for the state,
burning more than 450 square miles,
that's nearly the size ofthe city of Los Angeles.
And the flames have pickedup even more Tuesday
destroying at least 75 homes.
No deaths or serious injuriesthough, have been reported.
For months, Israelifirefighters on the Gaza border
have battled fires causedby some 1200 terror attacks.
Now American volunteersare fighting the flames
Our John Waage has that story.
- Palestinian terroristsare using balloons and kites
combined with a summerwind to carry their fire
from Gaza to Israel.
We found this piece ofkite in a scorched field.
Behind me in the tree aremore pieces of the kite
and behind the tree is the Gaza Strip.
That's when the EmergencyVolunteers Project,
a U.S. organizationdedicated to assisting Israel
stepped in to help.
- Our firefighters have assisted
putting out literally dozensof fires over the past week
here in southern Israel.
- [John] Sponsored bythe Jewish Federations
of North America spokespersonEitan Charnoff says
when the volunteers arrive
their ready to go.
- Our American volunteersare trained in advance
about how to work here, not just in terms
of what equipment is different,
what tactics are different,what threats are different
but they're also taught the culture.
- In February of 2017, Icame on a trip to be trained.
That way when we get here in a deployment
they don't have to take time to train me.
I get off the airplane and I go to work.
- [John] Corey Rea and Aston Bright
are both American firefighters.
- Firefighting has auniversal language to it.
You pull the hose and youspray the water on the fire.
You pull an ax and you cut something,
firefighters we like to breakthings so it's universal.
- [John] But some things are different,
like fighting fire while under fire.
- This is actually an armored plated,
bullet proof fire engine.
It's the first time I'd ever been
on a fire engine quite likethis but that's necessary
because we are so closeto the Gaza border.
- [John] Rea and Bright both Christians
say their faith played apart in their decision.
- I can't build houses, I'm not a doctor
but I can put out firesand so that's how I serve.
As a believer the Bible saysto be a friend of Israel
and the Jews are the chosen people
and so I felt led to serve in some way
and that's all I know how to do.
- [John] Shmulik Friedman, anIsraeli Fire Service commander
said working with Americans
is about more than fighting fires.
- We have to protect the State of Israel
and the Jewish peopleand the United States
is here in this fight withthem and we're glad to be here.
- [John] John Waage, CBN News,near the Gaza/Israeli border.
- So good to see Americanslending a hand to Israel, Pat.
- You know, that takesme back a few years ago
and I'm talking about the 1940's,
when I worked in the forestservice in the United States
during a summer and we were fighting fires
in the Pacific Northwest
where they have tremendous stands of trees
and forest fires if they getout of hand can be very deadly.
And we were having balloonssent over from Japan,
incendiary balloons thatwere falling in those forests
and causing fires.
So, what's happeningin Gaza's nothing new.
We've fought it before but wehad to deal with those things
and the way we were taughtyou had to set up a fire line
because fire's, interestingenough, go a short distance.
They, you know, you see the ones
where trees are jumping across each other
and that kind of thingbut what normally happens
is the undergrowth is what catches fire.
And so we would build a fire line,
we'd have so called Pulaski's tools
and we'd actually trench a ditch around
and the ditches would stop the fires.
Now, of course, if you canget a bulldozer up there
you dig a bigger ditch.
But where I was working it was so hilly
that you couldn't getany equipment up there
with human beings andthat's the way we did it,
we dug fire lines.
And they worked so, anyhow.
- Is there anythingyou have not done, Pat?
- (laughs) Very few dear, very few.
I've lived a long time andI've had many things happening.
- A true Renaissance man righthere ladies and gentlemen.
- (laughs) Yes, alright.
- Learn something new everyday.
- Well, Efrem what's next?
- Renaissance man indeed,
Pat Ohio special congressional election
may not be decided for days.
Republican Troy Baldersonholds a razor slim lead
over democrat Danny O'Connor.
Even if the democrat loses,
both sides are claimingvictories of sorts.
And that's because republicanshave held the district
for decades and President DonaldTrump won by double digits.
Meanwhile, far left leaningdemocrats fell short
in several Midwest primaries Tuesday.
As CBN News reported aleft wing insurgency fueled
by a socialist candidateshas created a rift inside
the democratic party.
This weekend marks the one yearanniversary of the violence
between white nationalistsand counter protests
that rocked Charlottesville Virginia.
While racial divisionsstill divide America,
some believe the Churchoffers the best hope
to bring us together.
Amber Strong introducesus to a group of pastors
in Atlanta who plan to shout that message
from the mountaintop.
- [Preacher] Will be ordained
before the foundation of the earth.
- [Amber] If you takea look around this room
it may seem like yourtypical prayer meeting.
- Flourishing supernaturalgifts of the spirit.
- [Amber] But there's somethingdifferent about this group.
Pastor Billy Humphreyand preachers like him
have thrown denomination aside.
- We're saying the same things
and I just look at it, Igot the spirit of the Lord.
- [Amber] Partnered together for one race,
a movement for racial healing.
- We believe this that Godwants to change the testimony
in the city of Atlanta whereracism and dead religion
has kind of informedand influenced the city.
- [Amber] They're off to a good start.
125 pastors across racial lines
have already said count me in.
Bishop Garland Hunt is one of them.
He believes now is the timefor the Church to lead.
- It's not really just politicalchange and policy changes.
It has to be a heart change
and the only one thatcan really fix the heart
is Jesus Christ.
- [Amber] So they meet everyweek, praying and fasting.
Hunt says changes are already in motion.
- We've had meetingswhere mostly white pastors
have come together.
So we begin to look around
and they had pretty much white groups.
They said well how can we makean effort to bring blacks in?
Sometimes you have to makemore than what's comfortable,
you have to make yourselfa little uncomfortable.
- [Amber] Humphrey and Hunt are hoping
that discomforts sparks friendships.
- [Man] Okay guys well here we go,
we're heading up to the mountain folks.
- In fact, they want to spur 100,000
cross cultural relationshipsover the next few months,
all leading up to theultimate day of prayer.
The men of one race saythey plan to make the trek
all the way to the top ofAtlanta's Stone Mountain.
But 100 years ago, adifferent group of men
made a similar trek and fora very different purpose.
- From 1915 to 1960, theKu Klux Klan would go
to Stone Mountain andon top of the mountain
they would burn crossesand do their rituals.
And so what we feel likewe wanna do is change
- [Amber] Humphrey andHunt agree it's time
for a new narrative for StoneMountain Georgia and beyond.
- If the Church doesn'ttake it's rightful place
and step into that place ofauthority and set the narrative
and deal with theseissues, someone else will.
- There's really a lot of voices out here.
The press gives a voice,a lot of the activists
have given voices but the Church
has to be a preeminent voiceright now in the culture.
- [Amber] They say it's timefor the Church to be heard
one voice, one people, united together.
Amber Strong, CBN News,in Stone Mountain Georgia.