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Aired June 28, 2017 - 03:00   ET



[03:00:00] ROSEMARY CHURCH, CNN ANCHOR: Hackers demanding ransom. A massive cyber-attack affecting businesses around the world.




CHURCH: The Trump administration doubles down on warning to Syria over using chemical weapons.

And without enough support from their own party Senate Republicans delay a vote on the controversial healthcare bill.

Hello and welcome to our viewers joining us from all around the world. I'm Rosemary Church here at CNN shall headquarters in Atlanta. This is CNN NEWSROOM.

A cyber-attack on a global scale has hit some of the world's big companies. The massive hack was felt in the United States, and across Europe and parts of Asia.

Firms in the U.K., Germany, Denmark, Ukraine, Russia, Australia and India all say they were targeted. The hackers used Ransomware, a virus that locks your computer and demands payment to get your data back. Well, Ukraine and to a lesser extent Russia were hit the hardest by these attacks.

CNN contributor Jill Dougherty joins me now from Moscow to talk more about this. Good to see you, Jill. So why would Ukraine and Russia be hit the hardest? What might that signal do you think? And just how extensive what this particular attack?

JILL DOUGHERTY, CNN CONTRIBUTOR: You know, Rosemary, the easier answer is how extensive it was. And it was very extensive. It's estimated by one cybersecurity company that there were about eight companies in many 80, eight, zero companies in Russia and in Ukraine that were hit.

Probably hundreds of thousands of computers, even as we know it hit the Ukrainian government very hard. Several systems banking was hit, telecommunications was hit even the metro. And then as we've been reporting even the Chernobyl nuclear plant had to go on to kind of the manual monitoring of radiation.

So, it was very widespread and very broad in what it hit. The first question is one that's very difficult to answer. Why? Why did this happen? What was the purpose? Why did it seem to break out first in Ukraine and Russia? And then spread to the rest of the world? That really is unclear.

I mean, some people here do use bogus copies of programs and probably didn't get patches. That might be one reason. But you know the bigger companies presumably have more sophisticated systems. Why did they, companies like Rosneft get hit.

Also, I think you know, initially there were some implications it might be political. And then later on it turned out both Ukraine and Russia which have bad relations right now were hit. So I don't think that we really know and the investigations are going to have to look into who did it and to what purpose.

CHURCH: Yes, indeed. And just how long will it likely take to get these systems back to normal after being so extensive? And maybe more particularly, what protections are going to be put in place in Ukraine and Russia to try to prevent any future cyber-attacks of certainly this magnitude?

DOUGHERTY: Right. Well, that is another question that we don't really know. I mean, I've seen statements by some it could take a couple of days. But then, you know, if they're more sophisticated systems, who knows? And also we do know that companies right now, organizations are trying to analyze how specifically they were affected and what kind of fixes could you have?

Because after all, Microsoft does have fixes, patches that are out there that can be used. But what do you do after the fact? So I'm sure there is a lot of evaluation right now of what they can do. The time is unclear.

And also, how are you going to brace for the next attack? Because you can bet that since this was more sophisticated then the attacks that took place just i May. What is next, what do companies do? So it's a very high concern not only here in this region but literally around the world.

[03:04:59] CHURCH: Yes. Certainly some important questions to be answered there. Jill Dougherty joining us from Moscow live, where it's just after 10 in the morning there. Many thanks.

Well there have been two other major cyberattacks in recent months just days ago there was an attack on computers located at the U.K. parliament that breached dozens of e-mail accounts belonging to members of parliament.

And last month, one of the largest Ransomware attacks ever crippled at least 200,000 computers across 150 countries. That was nicknamed WannaCry, the virus affected U.K. hospitals, automakers and German train stations.

So, joining me now, Yair Solow, CEO of the cybersecurity firm, CyGov. Thank you for being with us. So we have witnessed a number of these global cyber-attacks, and now of course this latest one targeting some of the world's biggest companies.

Why does this keep happening? And why are big companies protecting themselves against the cyberattacks given Microsoft did release several critical updates to protect against hacking?

YAIR SOLOW, CEO, CYGOV: Hi, Rosemary. So, I think what we see is that companies and the governments around the world are lacking a strategic and holistic point of view in cybersecurity. And they keep on going back to very tactical approaches. And therefore we keep finding companies and organizations being hit.

What's fascinating actually about this attack actually is that you see that Wanna Cry which happened not long ago used the same exact exploit as we see now. So anybody who would have taken the lessons learned a short time ago would have been protected from the attack that we saw yesterday. And that is a fascinating thing about -- in the world today that you have many, many organizations that are not properly protecting themselves.

So I think that the lack of strategic approach is really what's causing these attacks to keep on hitting these organizations and only when they actually change their approach to cyber secutity are they are going to properly protect themselves.

CHURCH: Yes, interesting. So what more should Microsoft be doing and what about these companies, hospitals and individuals held to ransom basically. What did they need to do to protect themselves against future cyberattacks? Because it's fairly simple, isn't it, if you follow some of the rules when you are using your computer.

SOLOW: Yes, so I mean you're making a great point which is that this attack like the WannaCry was not an attack on technology. Because Microsoft actually put out the patch for this really. So the attack was actually on the people and processes that are in place in organizations.

And that's where the strategy comes into place when you don't have that strategy dictating the processes of making sure that the systems are up to date then you are often going to find yourself behind.

But I think the bigger picture here is that we need to take the attacks and make them, you know, a lesson learned for what's to come ahead. You know, you mention you know, are there other attacks on the road that may affect us more?

And I think that we see that there are going to be you know, more and more attacks. They're not going to stop after we -- after like WannaCry or this attack. You're going to see attacks that are much more sophisticated also. In order to get ahead of that you need to be thinking what are the tomorrow's threats going to look like and not like yesterday's attacks. In this specific attack also if you compare them you see a level of

sophistication in just like a month or so a short-term between WannaCry and now where although they use the same exploit the encryption process that was done here with this tool (Ph) which has been out on the market also for over a year was amended and changed to be more sophisticated. And at least as of now there is really no way to unencrypt that information.

CHURCH: All right.

SOLOW: So I think that's one important thing to notice that is the attackers are getting more and more sophisticated

CHURCH: Right. So certainly at this point employees operators of these computers have to be trained and certainly in hospitals where it's critical for them -- they can't get access to their data until they pay these ransoms, right?

So what about Apple in comparison to Microsoft? How vulnerable is that company when it comes to cyberattacks?

SOLOW: I think -- listen I think that you know, it's the -- one day you'll find one company being attacked, another day you'll find another. There is always ways and there is no 100 percent protection. I think it's about first understanding and assessing what is you readiness level as an organization to make sure that you have the proper, you know, tools people and processes in place to address the upcoming attacks.

And it's not about trying to identify the next company or the next exploit. It's about making sure that you look in the mirror in the morning and say, let's take all these attacks and make -- take the lessons learned here and start to, you know, I guess put in place the proper solutions that we need.

CHURCH: Yes. The critically people have to be careful what they click on, right, that is something we all need to be careful.


SOLOW: Sure, yes.

CHURCH: Yes, going forward. All right.

SOLOW: The main thing is that the attacks keep on -- I just want to say the main thing is that attacks keep on coming in by phishing attacks which is literally just clicking on an e-mail.

[03:10:01] So, you know, the path into these organizations is really awareness and making sure people are aware of vulnerability. That's the one of the steps you can take as an organization to make sure your employees are very well aware of the threats to come.

CHURCH: Absolutely. Yair Solow, thank you so much for joining us. We appreciate it. Well, the White House is sending a message to Syria, red lines mean

red lines. The Pentagon says satellite images suggest another chemical attack could be coming after such weapons were dropped in April.

The U.S. fired Tomahawk missiles at the home base of the Syrian war planes that carried them. The White House says Syria will pay a heavy price for another chemical attack. Syrian President Bashar al-Assad toured a Russian base in Syria on Tuesday inspecting a number of aircraft. And Moscow called Washington's threat unacceptable.


HALEY: The goal is at this point not just to send Assad a message but to send Russia and Iran a message, that if this happens again, we are putting you on notice. And my hope is that the president's warning will certainly get Russia and Iran to take a second look.


CHURCH: And CNN's Nic Robertson joins us now from Abu Dhabi. So, Nic, tensions are rising of course in the wake of the U.S. warning to Syria that it would pay a heavy price if it launched another chemical attack on its people. And now Russia has said that threat is unacceptable. So what's next in this back and forth?

NIC ROBERTSON, CNN INTERNATIONAL DIPLOMATIC EDITOR: Well we might -- Rosemary, we might have already seen the next here. And the next was Valery Gerasimov, the chief of Russian general staff going to the air base that was visited by President Bashar al-Assad yesterday.

I mean, Russia did say a number of things. Number one as well, they also said that they condemn the use of chemical weapons. They did say that this was, you know, a threat they consider what the United States was saying was a threat and they were very clear in their language about that. They didn't like it.

But they also went on to say that you know they don't believe the use of chemical weapons should be allowed. So part of what we heard the Kremlin saying about that meeting yesterday between President Assad and Valery Gerasimov who is a very important figure within the Russian military, perhaps the sort of the greatest strategic thinker at this time.

They did discuss how Assad's ground troops would work with the Russian air force. They did, you know, if you look at that in the round, if the United States as Nikki Haley was saying there is saying this to put Russia and Iran on alert of what Assad may be planning to do then potentially within the frame of that converse -- within the frame of that conversation at that air base yesterday Assad may have been informed by the Russians.

Now the Russians are going to frame the context of that conversation in that way if that's the case. We don't know. But certainly we know that each time there have been strikes on Syrian forces back in April or taking down, U.S. taking down a Syrian aircraft that was about to attack U.S. partners on the ground fighting ISIS on the ground, the Russian haves reacted very strongly and very negatively.

And what we can see is that there is a potential here for a confrontation that Russia is aware of and the United States is aware of that there is a very, very fine trip wire here. A chemical use by Assad could have been that trip wire. And it's in neither Russia nor the United States interests to have Assad have a trip wire that puts them into a greater conflict.

I think what we have to say. We're not seeing Russia change in any way it's backing up Assad around this at all. They're just trying to navigate around what could have been a major pitfall.

CHURCH: Yes. It has concerned many in the international community. Nic Robertson keeping a very close eye on this. Many thanks.

A Venezuelan police pilot as has seized a helicopter and join the country's opposition. President Nicolas Maduro says an armed group flew over the Supreme Court in Caracas launching an attack with guns and grenades.

The president says no one was hurt despite all that gunfire. The pilot claims to speak for a coalition of military police and civil officials and is demanding Mr. Maduro step down.

U.S. Senate Republicans are buying time on their promise to repeal and replace Obamacare. After a key vote on healthcare was delayed, Republicans are trying to save their bill.

[03:14:59] And still to come, ISIS militants are standing their ground against the Philippines army. We will tell you how they're getting reinforcements. Back in a moment.


CHURCH: Welcome back, everyone. Well, confidence in the United States has plummeted around the world since Donald Trump became President. That is according to a new Pew report.

Take a look at these numbers. Faith in the U.S. regarding global affairs has fallen dramatically since the Obama administration with major allies like France, the United Kingdom and Germany saying public opinion of America dropped by more than 50 percent.

Israel and Russia have a more positive view of the United States under Trump. But it's important to note this is a survey of just 37 countries and doesn't include Saudi Arabia, China and other countries that have a more complicated relationship with the United States.

Well, the Republican promise seven years in the making to repeal and replace Obamacare is delayed yet again. U.S. Senate leaders have postponed a vote on the healthcare bill until after the July 4th recess. Not enough Republican Senators supported the plan which has zero backing from the Democrats.

Now Republicans and President Trump are trying to recover from this dramatic setback. Our Phil Mattingly has more from Washington.


PHIL MATTINGLY, CNN CORRESPONDENT: Tonight Republican leaders coming up short on healthcare.

SEN. MITCH MCCONNELL (R-KY), MAJORITY LEADER: Legislation of this complexity almost always takes longer than anybody else would hope. But we're going to press on.

MATTINGLY: At least for now. Majority Leader Mitch McConnell pulling off his pledge to vote this week. The reality sinking in the votes simply were not there. GOP sources telling CNN the goal will be to finalize the long out of reach compromise this week, get a new CBO score and vote after the July 4th Congressional recess.

MCCONNELL: I had hoped as you know we could have gotten to the floor this week. But we're not quite there. But I think we got a really good chance of getting there. It will just take us a a little bit longer.

MATTINGLY: But the decision coming late even after Senate number two John Cornyn told CNN earlier today he wanted a vote this week.

SEN. JOHN CORNYN (R), TEXAS: I think we should vote this week. We've been debating this issue for seven years. And I think it's time to for us to vote.

MATTINGLY: Leadership under pressure after five GOP Senators came out in opposition of even taking up the healthcare proposal and others clearly uncomfortable with the bill's direction.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: I'm concerned about the bill and the form that it is now.

ATTINGLY: This, a day after the blow of a nonpartisan CBO score that show 22 million fewer Americans would have insurance by 2026 under their proposal. One that also showed that while average premiums would drop by an estimated 30 percent by 2020, older less wealthy Americans would take a severe hit.

[03:20:03] SEN. SUSAN COLLINS (R), MAINE: It's difficult for me to see how any tinkering is going to satisfy my fundamental and deep concerns about the impact of the bill.

MATTINGLY: Republican Senators including Susan Collins taking a bus to the White House to meet with the president and discuss a path forward.

DONALD TRUMP, PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES: We're getting very close but for the country we have to have healthcare. And it can't be Obamacare which is melting down.

MATTINGLY: That path according to senior Senate aides not going to be easy. But the effort will be to complete things as quickly as possible. SEN. TED CRUZ (R), TEXAS: I believe we can get to yes. And I believe

we will get to yes. It's going to take more discussions. And the most critical question is how do we lower premiums?

MATTINGLY: Democrats saying today's delay is progress and that Americans are listening to their arguments against the bill.

SEN. CHUCK SCHUMER (D-NY), MINORITY LEADER: No matter what tweaks they may add in the next week and a half, no matter how the bill changes around the edges, it is fundamentally flawed at the center. The ultimate reason this bill failed is because the American people just didn't like it.

MATTINGLY: And the real question now is what changes not only can but will actually be made? Senator McConnell has made clear he knows where each of his members are. All 52 of them. The big question now is how do you bridge what is still a very real ideological divided.

Senate Republicans have ideas. They know what the Medicaid expansion state Senators want, they know what their moderates need to come board same with the conservatives particularly on the regulatory side. But the question now is how do you thread the needle?

If the votes weren't there today why are they going to suddenly be there seven to ten days from now. That's a question that still needs to be answered. It's a question Senators are going to be working hard on over the next couple of days, staff as well as one senior GOP aide told me we have a lot of work to do. We'll see if we can get there.

Phil Mattingly, CNN, Capitol Hill.


CHURCH: We go Asia now, and for weeks the Philippine military has struggled to free a southern city from ISIS militants. Their hold on Marawi is raising concern that those extremists could be a threat to the entire region.

CNN's Ivan Watson joins us now from Hong Kong. So Ivan, what progress has been made by the Philippine military in its effort to contain and ultimately eliminate ISIS militants there?

IVAN WATSON, CNN SENIOR INTERNATIONAL CORRESPONDENT: Well, they say they've helped secure the release of more than 1,000 civilians who some of whom were being used they say as hostages by the ISIS militants in this town of Marawi. They say they have confined the militants to four neighborhoods in the center of the city.

But it is still a difficult battle. On Tuesday, the death toll for the armed forces went up to 71 killed with hundreds of troops wounded in this campaign. The president has vowed to rebuild the city and to bring peace back to the island of Mindanao which is currently under martial law.

But there are concerns throughout the region that the militant, the Jihadist threat in the Philippines could really extend beyond borders. (BEGIN VIDEOTAPE)

WATSON: This was the scene when ISIS militants stormed the city of Marawi in the Philippines on May 23rd. Triggering the longest and deadliest urban battle the Philippine military has fought in decades and marking the appearance of a tenacious enemy with international ambitions.

SIDNEY JONES, DIRECTOR, INSTITUTE FOR POLICY ANALYSIS OF CONFLICT: The aim of taking over territory was to have the credentials to announce the establishment of a formal province of Islamic state in Southeast Asia.

WATSON: Counterterrorism experts say ISIS in the Philippines is actually a coalition. A local Islamist insurgent groups.

JONES: What's been so extraordinary about this coalition is that it bridges ethnic and regional ties in a way that really hasn't happened in the Philippines before.

WATSON: These are the top commanders of ISIS in the Philippines. They filmed themselves planning their assault on Marawi, in this video later captured and distributed by the Philippine military.

Among the leaders Abdullah and Omar Maute, two brothers from Marawi who spent time living in the Middle East. Omar Maute also taught English and preach sermons at this mosque and Islamic school in Indonesia. Somewhere along the way he also became a violent extremist.

ROMMEL BANLAOI, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, PHILIPPINE INSTITUTE FOR PEACE, VIOLENCE AND TERRORISM RESEARCH: The terrorist threats in the Philippines is not only local in nature. It is also inherently regional because they share fighter, they share skills, they share ideas. And they share human -- human resources.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: It was very easy for us.

WATSON: This man is a former member of the one of the Philippines most notorious Jihadi groups. In this exclusive interview with CNN he says extremists have had decades to develop sophisticated international smuggling networks.

[03:25:03] UNIDENTIFIED MALE: They can easily transport firearms and money, very easily.

WATSON: Between which countries?

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Malaysia and the Philippines through the southern back door.


WATSON: The back door, the islands between the Philippines, Indonesia and Malaysia, which smugglers navigate using small boats. Some of the foreign fighters battling in Marawi may have actually island hopped their way here. Recently, the Philippines, Indonesia, and Malaysia announced plans for

joint counterterror navy patrols and information sharing. The month- long battle in Marawi, an international wakeup call to the terror threat growing in Southeast Asia.

Rosemary, the fighting is not just in that city of Marawi. Over the course of the last week there was another attack carried out by another ISIS affiliated group. Part of this coalition of a number of Islamist insurgent groups that carried out a deadly attack to the southwest of the city of Marawi. Just an indicator of the very serious security challenges that the security forces will face in the Philippines and specifically on this island of Mindanao.

CHURCH: Yes, and of course Southeast Asia watching closely to see how the Philippines handles this. They're concerned that it could spread and extend to other countries in that region. A real concern.

Our Ivan Watson bringing us that live report from Hong Kong, where it's nearly 3.30 in the afternoon. Many thanks.

Well, another major cyberattack shakes the global business world and one official says the tactics were all too familiar. We'll more on that next.

Plus, the U.S. addresses a truly international crisis. Modern day slavery. Find out why China is singled out in a major new report.

And Google is fined billions of dollars accused of abusing power. Why the European Union says the tech giant has hurt its consumers. That's coming in a way in just a moment. So stay with us.


CHURCH: And a very warm welcome back to our viewers all around the world. I'm Rosemary Church. I want to update you now on the main stories we've been following this hour.

A Venezuelan police pilot has seized a helicopter and join the country's opposition. President Nicolas says an armed group used the chopper for a terrorist attack, his words, on the Supreme Court in Caracas, though no one was hurt. The pilot claims to speak for a coalition of military, police, and civil officials and is demanding Mr. Maduro's resignation.

[03:30:03] U.S. Senate Republicans have delayed a vote on the healthcare bill until after the July 4th recess. That's a setback for the promise President Donald Trump made to repeal Obamacare.

Not enough Republicans supported the legislation. Senate leaders are trying to negotiate a deal.

Some of the world's biggest companies were the target of a massive global cyberattack. State entities in Ukraine were among the first to report problems. Including the country's central bank, its largest airport and a power distributor. Major firms in Russia, the United Kingdom and the United States also confirmed problems. One official in Ukraine is blaming a virus similar to WannaCry used in

one of the largest Ransomware attacks ever just last month. Ransomware locks your computer, then threatens to erase everything on it unless you pay a fee via Bitcoms -- Bitcoins, I should say, and it can affect a wide range of machines even the cash machines you see there on your screen.

Now the breadth of this latest attack isn't totally clear just yet. But the WannaCry attack hit at least 200,000 computers.

So, joining me now, CNN money Europe editor, Nina dos Santos. And Nina, these cyberattacks are lucrative, aren't they, for the perpetrators most people paying them to get back their data. Although a lot of times they don't get it back do they? So, what has been the cost of this so far? What have been the losses?

NINA DOS SANTOS, CNNMONEY EUROPE EDITOR: We don't quite know that answer at the moment, Rosemary, because remember that cybersecurity experts are still trying to trace and stop this particular virus and its tracks here as it continues to spread. As you pointed out before in your introduction it did started in Ukraine yesterday morning local time over there.

But it's now spread to Western Europe, the United States, and then as the Asian trading day got underway earlier today, well then computers their started to get infected as well.

So this is something that is still spreading perhaps not at the same rate as the WannaCry virus that you were just talking about before. But of course it is a detrimental to a number of these companies not just because it hijacks their computers, shuts down the data that they need to operate on a day to day basis but also in some of the cases of the big names that have been netted here.

We're talking about WPP. The world's biggest advertising company. Maersk the world's big shipping company, Pfizer the big drugs company in the United States, well, obviously this presents some reputational issues as well.

As you were pointing out it is similar in the way that WannaCry operated in the sense that it's asking people to pay $300 Bitcoin essentially ransoming people's data.

And there is evidence according to cyber security experts from all sides of the world that people are starting to pay this ransom obviously the official line from authorities from Interpol to U.S. authorities that are investigating cybercrimes like this is do not pay the ransoms.

But of course that's easier said than done if you have a multibillion- dollar business that is operating on this kind of data. The bigger question is if this is using the same Windows operating system Exploit, EternalBlue that WannaCry was exploiting just a month or so ago in that devastating cyberattack why were big companies like this still exposed to this? Because as you pointed out on your show we've been talking about over

the last month on other shows here on CNN, Rosemary, Microsoft had issued a patch a while ago to try and patch over the kind of hole in this software. So why have big names been netted here at the moment? That will be something that people will be asking over the next 24 hours.

CHURCH: Yes, this is a situation, isn't it? Because as you mentioned Microsoft has offered these patches and presumably these large companies have not taken up that option. And they haven't trained their employees. So there are costs involved there. But there is also the reputation and you raise that point.

DOS SANTOS: Yes, that's right. Take for instance as I pointed out before WPP, this is a company that has 200,000 employees. It operates in almost every country that it possibly can in the world. But it does operates on an agency basis here. Now they have many different clients that they're doing advertising public relations for. They also manage a number of social media accounts for many of those clients and so o and so forth.

So as you can imagine, having a data breach to your software, if you're a big company like that that is grown by acquisitions, bought on acquisitions you haven't necessarily consolidated all of those different entities and they are operating in different parts of the world.

Well, this kind of situation is a nightmarish one. Because getting all of those 200,000 employees to be careful, judicious about the e-mails that they open as well as making sure that they are very careful about making sure that all of those updates are in place is a huge challenge.

This just exemplifies the complex world that big companies and customers you and I, everybody using computers in the internet face these days. It's all about making sure that -- I hate to use this phrase.

[03:35:05] You have good digital hygiene, delete those e-mails that you don't want in the inbox and make sure that you constantly update the software because these kind of hack attacks are happening on a month by month basis now, Rosemary.

CHURCH: We can't emphasize that enough. And of course the cyberattacks exposing all of these problems these big companies right down to the individuals.

Nina Sos Santos, many thanks to you for joining us. I appreciate it.

And there are simple steps that you can take to safe guard your information from hackers. CNN tech correspondent Samuel Burke explains.


SAMUEL BURKE, CNN CORRESPONDENT: Most of us are walking a tight rope when it comes to protecting ourselves from the hackers. Living on the edge, thinking, I won't fall. That's why it's so important to protect yourself. Just like you do a safety check before you perform a big stunt, you need to do a security check on your computer to make sure you're running the latest version of your operating system.

And you always have to do a backup of your most important files just in case -- but if all that security lets you down, encrypt your file with file vault or bit locker. And to be on solid ground always run antivirus software.

I'm going from log to log. But you feel like you're going from log in to log in, passwords to password. There are so many opportunities for the hackers to get their hands on those. You should use two step sign in. That way every time you have to enter your password. You also get a code sent to your phone.

So even if the hackers steal your password they won't get their hands on your smartphone. And while we're on the logs, popular messaging apps like WhatsApp and iMessage they keep logs of your text messages up in the cloud and you know that gets hacked every so often. But app like Signal they don't save anything in the cloud making them a much safer place for messages to land.

So make sure that surfing the web is all smooth sailing, check that the web site you visit have https. That s means that they have higher level of security. But if you're feeling shaky about logging on to public Wi-Fi VPN apps like Onavo will make your connection private.

And for the safest surfing the web browser Tor will make it somebody can't know who you are, where you are or what sites you're surfing. Living on the edge doesn't have to be so dangerous if you use the right protection.


CHURCH: There you go some great tips there. Well, Google has been slammed with a record-breaking 2.7 billion-dollar fine from the European Union for allegedly violating antitrust laws. The tech giant is accused of abusing its power by unfairly steering consumers to its own shopping services.

Google says it disagrees with the conclusion and will review the decision while it considers an appeal. The E.U.'s competition commissioner tells CNN that Google practices heard both consumers and the competition.


MARGRETHE VESTAGER, EUROPEAN COMPETITION COMMISSIONER: What we have found and proven is of course that the Google behavior in being a dominant company and favoring their own services and demoting rival services, well, that has sort of deprived consumers of genuine choice also of innovation because if you can always put yourself up front why innovate in, and if there is a risk you will never be found because you are on average on pay four, why innovate?

And therefore, there is a damage to competition and for consumers not getting the full benefit of competition genuine choice and innovation.


CHURCH: And regulators say that Google must change its behavior within 90 days or face more penalties.

Let's take a short break here but still to come, the U.S. calls China among the worst offenders for human trafficking. We hear what China has to say in just a few moments.

Plus, it's decision day as families search for justice in England's Hillsborough disaster, the announcement they're expecting about their loved ones killed in a stadium crush.


CHURCH: The United States has released its latest assessment of human trafficking worldwide. And China is now listed among the worst offenders. Beijing moved to strongly oppose the report even before it was released.

Anna Coren has more now from Hong Kong.


ANNA COREN, CNN CORRESPONDENT: China has been named one of the worst human trafficking offenders in the world by the U.S. State Department. In its annual report assessing global efforts to human trafficking, the U.S. dropped China to the lowest tier of the ranking this year. Joining nations such as Iran, North Korea, Syria, Russia and the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Releasing the report U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said he hopes the 21st century will be the last century of human trafficking and criticized the Chinese government for not doing enough to end this scourge.

REX TILLERSON, UNITED STATES SECRETARY OF STATE: China was downgraded to tier three status in this years' report in part, because it has not taken serious steps to end its own complicity in trafficking, including forced laborer from North Korea that are located in China.

American consumers and businesses must also recognize they may have an unwitting connection to human trafficking. Supply chains creating many products that Americans enjoy may be utilizing forced labor.

COREN: The U.S. President's daughter and key adviser Ivanka Trump also attended the event saying that ending human traffic is a top priority for the government. Ironically her fashion brand has come under criticism for its use of Chinese labor and the disappearance of three labor activists. Investigating conditions at the plants that used to make her shoes.

Well, they claimed people were forced to work as many 18 hours a day for below minimum wage. The company said they adhered to strict social compliance regulations. Anticipating the report's release, the Chinese government got out on

the front foot defending its record.

LU KANG, CHINESE FOREIGN MINISTRY SPOKESPERSON (through translator): China firmly opposed that the United States based on its own domestic laws makes irresponsible remarks towards other country's work on combatting human trafficking.

We have always believed that human traffic is a common crime faced by all countries. No country in the world is able to avoid the problem. We are willing to strengthen cooperation with other countries on the basis of mutual respect and work together to fight against human trafficking.

COREN: America's strong criticism against China does not bode well for relations between the two countries which were thought to be improving following President Xi Jinping's visit to the U.S. back in April.

But this along with President Trump's acknowledgement that China tried but failed to pressure North Korea to reign in its nuclear and missile program is an indication there may be rocky times ahead.

Anna Coren, CNN, Hong Kong.


[03:44:54] CHURCH: Wednesday marks another milestone for the families of the victims of the Hillsborough stadium disaster in England. Ninety six football fans were killed in the tragedy which took place at an FA Cup final match in the city of Sheffield in 1989.

Last April, an inquest found those fans were unlawfully killed and police errors contributed to a dangerous situation.

British authorities are expected to announce whether individuals or organizations will face criminal charges over the disaster. It's likely to be another emotional day for campaigners on a 28-year mission to find the truth.

CNN's Don Riddell reports.



CHURCH: Welcome back, everyone. Well, storms in the Mediterranean have led to the rescue of thousands of migrants this week.

Our meteorologist Pedram Javaheri joins us now from the international weather center with the details on this. So what exactly happened in the Mediterranean?

PEDRAM JAVAHERI, AMS METEOROLOGIST: You know, Rosemary, we see the story so often. And it's this time of year we've seen this a couple of times in the last several years where we have at least in the several days 8,000 people rescued off the coast of Tripoli.

Work your way across this region that the community west of Tripoli there, in this particular picture well over 100 people rescued because their boat was capsized due to the weather. The inclement weather the Italian Coast Guard have to come out and perform rescue operations.

But you can see the maps in motion here very much a setup here for unsettled weather over the past several days. In fact, get high pressure and low pressure in close proximity you put them together I always say they're not the best of friends. You put them together and the pressure gradient becomes tight. And what that means is you have very gusty winds.

So there wasn't much in the way of wet weather that cause a lot of these boats to capsize or storms in general. It was the gusty winds just offshore. And when you think about the types of boats the migrants are typically moving out of parts of Africa on into Europe, the boats typically not going to be a sophisticated setup.

So often I have to tell people that it doesn't make much in the way of waves to capsize a boat. In fact, a wave height are only 30 percent of the boat's length would capsize a boat. What that means if you have a small boat such as you see this one, say three meters across a wave height of just one meter will knock that boat and capsize it.

And then of course it's a scenario for disaster especially if you pack small boats with a lot of people which we know is often case -- the case across this region.

But very much again, unsettled severe storms possible across parts of Europe as well over the next several days. So this pattern is expected to continue. In fact, look at this perspective. In Paris it has not rained in 17 days. You'd have to go back to the 10th of June since it last rained in Berlin it's been wet.

In fact, July approaching here the wettest month of the year. It has rained four of the last five days, but look at the forecast here and look at the changes in Berlin's department here over the next seven days. Six of them expected to bring wet weather.

You broaden the perspective for Europe, you bring just three days' worth of rainfall it just lights up like a Christmas tree, Rosemary, we bring in rainfall on the order of 100 to 200 millimeters and we're going into July of course where a lot of people expect at least to see some sunshine. So going to be a little bit of rough go across parts of Europe and of course the Mediterranean as well. Rosie?

CHURCH: Always good to get rain but we like a bit of sunshine as well, right?



CHURCH: Thanks so much. Pedram. We appreciate it. So it is a facts that Donald Trump loves to brag about the number of

times he has graced the cover of Time magazine. But he and a few of his luxury golf clubs actually faking it.

CNN's Jeanne Moos uncovers the truth.


JEANNE MOOS, CNN CORRESPONDENT: Which of these is a fake Trump Time magazine cover is it a? Is it b? Or is it c? The answer is c and you could see it hanging on the walls of at least four Trump golf clubs according to the Washington Post.

[03:54:59] UNIDENTIFIED MALE: How in the world? Very impressive looking. It's fake. It's totally fake.

MOOS: The exclamation points are a giveaway. The apprentice is a television smash. Trump is hitting on all fronts even TV. But there was no real Time magazine issue dated March 1st, 2009.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: The design is all wrong if you know Time magazine's design you can tell for a bunch of different reasons the thinness of the border, the placement of the headlines.

MOOS: Time confirmed it's a fake. Why would rich bother inflating Trump's press?

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Somebody felt the need to gild the lily, to add basically a fake extra thing on top of what was real.

MOOS: President Trump has a love-hate relation with Time. He even got packed poising for it.

TRUMP: Look, Time magazine is no friend of mine except they put me in their cover so much, not because I like but because they like selling magazines.

MOOS: Starting in 1989 he's been on the cover 14 times.

TRUMP: I think we have the all-time record in the history of Time magazine.

MOOS: No. That record belongs to Richard Nixon he was on the cover for 55 times. The magazine says it asked the Trump organization to remove the phony cover from their properties. A White House spokesman told the Post, "We couldn't comment on the decor at Trump's golf clubs one way or another."

But the internet is commenting with jokes like "my guess is that at real Donald Trump has a few of these in his wallet." Sports illustrated invited readers to put yourself on the covers of SI, so I did before President Trump points fingers.

TRUMP: Fake news.

MOOS: He better cover his own face. Jeanne Moos, CNN. TRUMP: Fake news, folks. A lot of fake.

MOOS: New York.


CHURCH: Bit of fake news perhaps. Well, the tiny item you're about to see may seem fake but it's 100 percent real and so its hefty price tag.

Prada's new sterling silver money clip shape like a paper can be yours for only $185. That's $13 per square centimeter. Some people tweeted in protest with one user joking, "This thing better be able to hold my life together." How about that?

And thanks so much for your company. I'm Rosemary Church. Remember to connect with me any time on Twitter @rosemarycnn. I love to hear from you.

The news continues with Cyril Vanier in London. You're watching CNN. Have yourselves a great day.