This program is 29 minutes long
(Washington: Andrea Mitchell) A report from the security firm Mandiant on the hacking of American companies by Unit 61398, the cyber branch for China’s People's Liberation Army examined; scenes shown of the Unit 61398 headquarters in Shanghai; details given about the brand names targeted by China and the spearfishing tactic used by hackers. [Mandiant CEO Kevin MANDIA- says it’s the Chinese government sanctioning these attacks.] [February 12, President OBAMA – says our enemies are seeking the ability to sabotage our power grid, financial institutions and air traffic control systems.] [Former CIA analyst Christopher JOHNSON- says when companies engage in business in China they are going up against a panoply of resources of the Chinese government.]
(Studio: Brian Williams) The attack on Apple reviewed.
(Chicago: John Yang) The looming sequester and its potential impact examined; details given about the spending cuts that will take place, including food inspection, airline security and the military, unless Congress and President Obama agree on a budget package. [OBAMA – blames Congressional Republicans.] [Representative Paul RYAN – blames Obama.] [Concord Coalition executive director Robert BIXBY- says it doesn’t distinguish between wasteful spending and good spending.] [Ride on Bikes owner Jason McKENZIE- says it’s going to take money out of everybody’s pocket.]
(Studio: Brian Williams, Chuck Todd) The likelihood of a compromise deal and the public cynicism discussed.
(Pretoria, South Africa: Michelle Kosinski) The bail hearing for South African amputee runner Oscar Pistorius, who is accused of killing his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp, reviewed; scenes from the courtroom and from Steenkamp’s funeral shown; Pistorius’s account of what happened quoted. [Uncle Mike STEENKAMP - grieves.]
(London: Keir Simmons) A brazen diamond heist by armed gunmen from a plane at the Brussels, Belgium airport featured; animation shown; details given about other robberies, including the 2009 robbery of Graff Diamonds, the 1978 Lufthansa heist at JFK Airport and the theft via motorcycles at a London mall last year; surveillance video and clip from “Goodfellas” shown. [Brussels airport spokesman Jan VAN DER CRUYSSE- says it was a quick hit-and-run.] [Antwerp World Diamond Centre Caroline De WOLF- wonders how this is possible.]
(No location given: Jim Maceda) The popularity of dashboard cameras in Russia featured; dash cam videos shown of last week’s meteor strike, traffic crashes and near-misses, a tank crossing the road, a truckload of cows overturning and other incidents. [Carnegie Endowment for International Peace Masha LIPMAN- comments on suspicion of police officers.]