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  • CARL AZUZ, CNN ANCHOR: Blackshades, creepware, ominous names, associated with the worldwide computer hacking scandal.

  • It`s where we start today`s edition of CNN STUDENT NEWS.

  • PREET BHARARA, U.S. ATTORNEY: Once installed on a victim`s computer, the Blackshades (INAUDIBLE) allowed users to remotely and secretly gain access to everything on the victim`s computer.

  • Including private photographs and documents, and even passwords to online accounts.

  • It could even record every key stroke entered on a victim`s keyboard to speedily steel credit card and other sensitive information.

  • ZUZ: One of the creepiest parts about Creepware like that is that many of its victims didn`t even know it was on their computers. We are talking more than half a million people worldwide.

  • Creepware is a form of malware, something that can harm or take control over a computer,

  • and more than 90 people linked to the Blackshade`s creepware are now behind bars around the world.

  • It`s because of one the largest global cybercrime crackdowns ever.

  • And though the damage has been done from extortion to bank fraud and blackmail, the FBI has shut down a site where Blackshades was sold.

  • If there`s a zombie apocalypse - I know, just roll with it for a second.

  • The Pentagon has a plan in place to keep Americans safe. But haven`t helped you if you live outside the U.S.

  • OK, now here`s the deal: the U.S. military has plans for dealing with all kinds of disasters.

  • Natural events, catastrophes, military or terrorist attacks.

  • So, worked up a document for dealing with the flesh-eating invasion by the walking dead.

  • Why? Training.

  • It`s a fictional scenario, of course, but it will be used to help students understand how the military plans and coordinates during disasters.

  • Where personnel should go, how to restore the rule of law after the Zombies are taken out.

  • It`s not a strategic command plan, but it is a teaching tool, and one that is sure to get attention.

  • Today, the biggest animal on land is the African elephant. It can grow to be 13 feet high, and weigh 14,000 pounds.

  • That`s nothing when you compare it to Titanosaur.

  • Scientists believe this thing was as long as two tractor trailers and weigh 180,000 pounds.

  • They recently got some perspective on how big that is from fossils in South America.

  • UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Godzilla is back on top of the box office, and while this gigantic lizard is just a fiction, this may have been the real Godzilla of its day.

  • Small by movie standards, but likely the biggest dinosaur to ever roam the planet.

  • JOSE LUIS CARBALLIDO, PALEONTOLOGIST (through translator): This is the largest femur known from any animal that has walked on Earth.

  • UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: This giant thigh bone, a part of an amazing discovery in Argentina where paleontologists say they`ve uncovered the fossilized remains of a new species of Titanosaur.

  • A gigantic dinosaur that lived some 95 million years ago, had a long neck and long tail, worked on four legs and ate plants.

  • Scientists call it a truly colossal creature weighing the same as 14 elephants.

  • CARBALLIDO: This animal measured up to 40 meters long, and with the head upright would have measured 20 meters tall.

  • Equivalent to a seven-story building, which is surely the height at which they ate.

  • UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Paleontologists say that Titanosaur was found in a massive field of fossils, a virtual dinosaur cemetery.

  • They found at least seven more sets of remains and hundreds more bones.

  • Some of which are now on display at a nearby museum.

  • Experts are related calling the discovery a treasure trove of information providing new insights into an ancient chapter of earth history.

  • UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: See if you can I.D. me.

  • I`m a U.S. government agency that was established in 1934.

  • My rules apply to everything that gives up a radio frequency from Wi-Fi to garage door openers.

  • My job is to regulate communications including cable, satellite and TV.

  • I`m the FCC, the Federal Communications Commission.

  • AZUZ: Along with the Justice Department, the FCC will be looking at a new merger between two massive media companies.

  • AT&T is planning to acquire DirecTV.

  • We say, "planning" because the merger is so big and it would give AT&T a lot of control over the pay TV market.

  • So, the government will have to approve the merger for it to go through.

  • UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Nearly $50 billion, that`s the hefty price tag AT&T agreed to pay for DirecTV.

  • America`s largest satellite TV provider. This deal just the latest in the wave of media consolidation.

  • Comcast revealed its plans to buy Time Warner cable for $45 billion in February, and Sprint parent company Softbank has been expressing its interest in sealing a deal with T-Mobile.

  • The inevitable concern, this new Internet and video power houses could take more control over your screens, all of them.

  • MICHAEL WEINBERG, VICE PRESIDENT, PUBLIC KNOWLEDGE: With that consolidation and that reduction of competition, we see fewer things happening and prices mostly going up for consumers and subscribers.

  • Potentially good for consumers, AT&T and DirecTV say the acquisition could mean new bundles that would bring TV and Internet options across all of your screens, even those in cars and airplanes.

  • The fate of this new alliance, rests in the hands of the FCC.

  • SEN. AL FRANKEN (D) MINNESOTA: There is a proper role for the Department of Justice to look at this as an antitrust matter and for the FCC to look at this as in the public interest.

  • Lantana, Carlton, Tomah, the three communities of the three schools, and today CNN STUDENT NEWS Roll Call.

  • First one in Florida, where the chiefs of Santaluces High School are on today`s roll.

  • Next, we are jetting up to Michigan where the jets are flying high over airport high school.

  • And finally in Wisconsin, howl low to the Timberwolves of Tomah Middle School.

  • The U.S. Government currently spends about $17.5 billion a year on NASA,

  • and the National Aeronautic and Space Administration uses that money on everything from weather and communication satellites to exploring space.

  • Here`s the issue with that last part. It isn`t cheap.

  • And it isn`t safe. Project Morpheus aims to address these problems with a sort of drone.

  • UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Our galaxy is a 100,000 light years wide, with roughly 200 billion stars, and there are entire planetary systems still to be discovered.

  • Exploring that is costly. The U.S. has spent 1.5 trillion on space activity since 1959, and 14 astronauts have lost their lives.

  • So, how do we continue to reap the rewards of space without the huge costs?

  • Enter Morpheus,

  • NASA`s unmanned planetary lander and flying test laboratory.

  • About the size of a Chevrolet suburban, its modest $13 million price tag gives it unparalleled freedom to push the boundaries of space.

  • Morpheus is fueled by liquid methane and liquid oxygen, which is significant because these propellants can actually be manufactured in space,

  • meaning a craft using this fuel could conceivably refuel on a distant planet and continue deeper into space.

  • Another key technology being tested in Morpheus is an ultra-advanced navigation system.

  • This positioning system allows Morpheus to take off land and avoid hazards on its own.

  • Meaning a future unmanned craft using this can touch down on distant moons or planets without risk to human life.

  • Despite its potential, project Morpheus has had some setbacks.

  • NASA lost one test vehicle, but has since completed 11 successful flights.

  • Morpheus isn`t (INAUDIBLE) to leave our atmosphere any time soon.

  • It`s still in testing, but these project is another milestone in mankind`s dream to explore strange new worlds.

  • AZUZ: You and I and CNN weren`t around in 1974 when this thing was invented, but the fact that many of you know what it is, proves the success of the iconic Rubik`s Cube.

  • Some numbers for you: this is said to be the one best-selling toy of all time, with more than 350 million sold worldwide.

  • It`s celebrating its 40 birthday.

  • There are more than 43 quintillion ways to scramble it, and it took Erno Rubik a month before he could solve his own invention.

  • That`s still faster than I can do it, and I`m kind of a square. I guess it`s easier if you are up on the geometric system.

  • If you can block out the time for it, if you don`t get sticker shock, you could say its difficult squared.

  • I say it`s difficult cute. We are resolved to bringing you more news and puns on Wednesday.

  • END

CARL AZUZ, CNN ANCHOR: Blackshades, creepware, ominous names, associated with the worldwide computer hacking scandal.

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