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08.17.2017

“CBSN: ON ASSIGNMENT” EXPOSES THE CYBER THREAT THAT COULD CRIPPLE THE NATION’S HOSPITALS

Series Also Looks at the Staggering Number of Journalists Gunned Down in Mexico by Drug Gangs and How Climate Change Could Soon Make One Country Disappear

Monday, August 21 (10:00 PM, ET/PT)

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CBS News correspondent Reena Ninan goes to the front line of cyber warfare – the nation’s hospitals – in the next edition of CBSN: ON ASSIGNMENT to be broadcast Monday, August 21 (10:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network and on CBSN, the network’s 24/7 streaming news service. The broadcast will also explore the life-and-death job of journalists in Mexico and how beautiful islands are being lost because of climate change.

Ninan investigates the growing number of cyberattacks on hospitals around the country, where, if successful, hackers can hold hostage some of America’s most vulnerable residents. It’s a battle not fought in the emergency department, but one that could render them inoperable in a crisis. Ninan also travels to India and talks with some of the “white-hat” hackers trying to keep American companies and your personal information safe.

From Mexico, Manuel Bojorquez looks at the staggering number of journalists being gunned down by drug gangs across the country as the cartel war escalates. Bojorquez embeds with the many reporters risking their lives to bring the truth about this violence and government corruption to the world.

Also, Seth Doane travels to the South Pacific island of Kiribati where more than 100,000 residents may soon become the world’s first “climate change refugees” as ocean levels rise and their nation is at risk of disappearing forever. CBSN: ON ASSIGNMENT provides a glimpse at the perilous future for the planet in coming decades as climate change permanently alters the world.

CBSN: ON ASSIGNMENT is a new primetime summer series featuring experiential reports driven by fresh voices and perspectives from around the world. Each hour-long edition of the series will feature multiple stories and highlight CBSN’s distinctive storytelling style, as reported by more than a dozen CBS News correspondents.

In addition to being presented on the CBS Television Network, CBSN: ON ASSIGNMENT will be streamed live on CBSN and to CBS All Access subscribers through the service’s live streaming offering of local CBS stations. Additional content will be available on CBSNews.com and across CBS News’ apps on all leading digital platforms.

Since launching in November 2014, CBSN has significantly grown viewership and expanded its original reporting with new series and documentaries that have resonated with audiences. CBSN is available for free on CBSNews.com, connected TV devices and gaming consoles including Amazon Fire TV, Android TV, Apple TV, PlayStation®4, PlayStation®3, Roku players and Roku TV models, Xbox One, and Xbox 360, as well as the CBS News mobile apps for Android, iOS and Windows 8.1.

Mosheh Oinounou is the executive producer of CBSN: ON ASSIGNMENT.

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Richard Huff

212-975-3328

Huffr@cbsnews.com

Alyssa Bernstein

646-472-3860

Alyssa.Bernstein@cbsinteractive.com