Apr 18, 2019

Weather Channel falls victim to "malicious software attack"

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The Weather Channel could not broadcast live television on Thursday morning by what the network is describing as a "malicious software attack on the network."

Catch up quick: The station's early morning show "AMHQ" was unable to go live on the air at its scheduled 6 am ET start time. For more than an hour and a half, taped programming filled the time, until the AMHQ show returned to the air at 7:39 am ET. The network, owned by Entertainment Studios, issued a statement explaining that federal law enforcement is investigating the incident.

Per Axios' Andrew Freedman, the incident comes during a multi-day severe weather outbreak that is bringing the threat of damaging storms, including potential tornadoes, to the Gulf Coast on Thursday. As of September 2018, The Weather Channel was received by nearly 79.128 million households that subscribe to the station's service throughout the U.S.

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Cuomo: Engaging in politics during coronavirus crisis is "anti-American"

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said during a Monday press briefing that he won't get into a political tussle with President Trump — calling it "counterproductive" and "anti-American" — as his state deals with the most confirmed coronavirus cases in the country.

The backdrop: Trump said during an appearance on "Fox & Friends" earlier Monday that Cuomo has received high polling numbers during the outbreak because New York has received federal aid.

Maryland and Virginia issue coronavirus stay-at-home orders

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Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan and Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam issued stay-at-home orders on Monday, with exceptions for residents engaged in essential services, including health care and government functions.

The big picture: The states are the latest to announce policies to enforce social distancing, which have affected almost 250 million Americans. More than 1.5 billion people worldwide had been asked to stay home as of last week.

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