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Trump opens window into his rage with Mueller attack

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Donald Trump is giving Americans a glimpse of the fury raging inside him as a pivotal moment nears for special counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation, and different strands of political and legal vulnerability swirling around the President become ever more threatening.
Trump launched his most personal attack to date against Mueller in a tweetstorm Sunday unleashed just two days before the special counsel’s office takes its first prosecution — that of the President’s former campaign chairman Paul Manafort — to trial in Virginia.

“There is no Collusion! The Robert Mueller Rigged Witch Hunt, headed now by 17 (increased from 13, including an Obama White House lawyer) Angry Democrats, was started by a fraudulent Dossier, paid for by Crooked Hillary and the DNC. Therefore, the Witch Hunt is an illegal Scam!” Trump tweeted Sunday.

Trump’s tweets on Sunday represented his most specific attempt yet to discredit any findings of the Mueller investigation into alleged election collusion with Russians, following clear signs that his previous assaults have been effective in hardening the opinion of GOP voters against the probe.

The attacks are not simply a window into his own rage, they also represent a coherent hardball strategy to unite his ever loyal political base and other Republicans behind him. With 100 days to go until midterm elections, that could be tough for the GOP.

But they also have the effect of wresting attention from the President’s best hope of averting a Democratic rout in the election, the building narrative that he has unleashed a period of national prosperity, highlighted by economic growth rate of 4.1% in the second quarter of the year.

A week of drama related from Cohen and Mueller

The President’s Sunday outburst came days after CNN reported that Michael Cohen, the President’s former lawyer, is willing to tell Mueller that Trump knew in advance about the June 2016 meeting in Trump tower in which Russians were willing to hand over dirt on Hillary Clinton. The President has denied he knew about the meeting beforehand.

Also last week, it emerged that Allen Weisselberg, the longtime chief financial officer of the Trump Organization, has been subpoenaed in the federal criminal investigation into Cohen in a move that adds to a sense that a net is closing around the President’s inner circle.

And ironically, given the President’s chosen method of attack Sunday, The New York Times reported last week that Mueller was examining Trump’s tweets to see whether they show malicious intent to obstruct justice in the firing of former FBI Director James Comey.

“Is Robert Mueller ever going to release his conflicts of interest with respect to President Trump, including the fact that we had a very nasty & contentious business relationship, I turned him down to head the FBI (one day before appointment as S.C.) & Comey is his close friend,” Trump said in a second tweet.

The President followed up with a third blast against Mueller.

“…Also, why is Mueller only appointing Angry Dems, some of whom have worked for Crooked Hillary, others, including himself, have worked for Obama….And why isn’t Mueller looking at all of the criminal activity & real Russian Collusion on the Democrats side-Podesta, Dossier?”

Trump’s trio of tweets were packed with inaccuracies and misrepresentations, but closely mirrored the conspiracy theories driven by his allies in conservative media that are designed to rough up Mueller and tarnish the credibility of his investigation to politicize any eventual allegations of wrongdoing he makes against Trump or members of his team.

It was not immediately clear what the President meant when he claimed there were conflicts of interests involving Mueller. The New York Times reported in January that the President claimed a dispute over membership fees had prompted Mueller to leave a Trump golf club in Washington in 2011 when he was FBI Director. A joint news conference with Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte at the White House could provide reporters with an opportunity to question Trump about the accusation Monday afternoon.

Ethics experts from the Justice Department determined last year when Mueller was appointed special counsel that his participation in the matters assigned to him is appropriate.

Trump targets the press

Trump’s attacks on Mueller followed yet another extraordinary assault on the media by the President after he broke details of a private meeting he had with A.G. Sulzberger, the publisher of The New York Times on July 20.

“When the media – driven insane by their Trump Derangement Syndrome – reveals internal deliberations of our government, it truly puts the lives of many, not just journalists, at risk! Very unpatriotic!” Trump tweeted on Sunday afternoon.

 

Scaramucci: Decision to bar CNN reporter ‘probably came from’ Trump

Taken together with the Mueller offensive, the tweet represented an escalation of Trump’s strategy to discredit the integrity and moral standing of any institution that will ultimately help to shape a national consensus on his conduct.

Who has more credibility?

There has been no publicly available evidence that Trump or his subordinates knowingly conspired with a Russian effort to help him win power in 2016. But Trump’s constant attacks on Mueller will inevitably renew speculation about Mueller’s position and whether the President will attempt to fire him. Such a move could trigger a crisis of governance in Washington and test whether Republicans, who have largely been unwilling to challenge Trump in the Russia election interference drama and will hold the President to account.

Trump’s allies also sought to shred the credibility of Cohen, after the President’s former confidant turned against him, and following the airing last week of a tape obtained by CNN on which the two men discussed how they would buy the rights to a Playboy model’s story about an alleged affair Trump had with her years before he turned to politics.

In an interview on Fox News Saturday evening, the President’s lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, said Trump’s legal team was investigating the tape of Trump and Cohen and suggested it might have been doctored.

On Sunday, on CBS “Face the Nation,” Giuliani said, “I don’t see how you can believe Michael Cohen,” and accused Cohen of violating Trump’s attorney-client privilege.

Cohen’s attorney Lanny Davis issued a statement calling Giuliani “confused.”

Giuliani once praised Michael Cohen as ‘honest,’ but now says Cohen has ‘lied all his life’

“Mr. Giuliani seems to be confused. He expressly waived attorney client privilege last week and repeatedly and inaccurately — as proven by the tape — talked and talked about the recording, forfeiting all confidentiality,” Davis said.

The cresting intrigue about Mueller, Cohen and the President’s increasingly tetchy mood robbed the White House of a clean victory lap, following the positive economic data released Friday.

The 4.1% GDP growth rate figure will form the centerpiece of Trump’s midterm election argument to voters that he has unleashed a new age of American prosperity that Republicans hope will prove more important to their choice than the ominous developments in the Russia probe and the uproar perpetually whipped up by the President’s convention-shattering style.

“Policies matter a lot … and I think the President deserves a victory lap,” the President’s top economic adviser, Larry Kudlow told CNN’s Jake Tapper on “State of the Union.”

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Why It Is Important To Have Cyber Security?

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Cyber security conference is vital and essential for the business and for each of us, exclusively, in light of the fact that they unite the group. Besides, regularly goads subsequent to having an important exchange with a companion or a coach, or in the wake of being a piece of a discussion on your most loved point in the field of data security.

Sharing learning, making inquiries and meeting remarkable experts is just a portion of the exercises you can participate in at such an occasion. This is the reason we set up together a rundown of probably the most significant Cyber security meetings around the globe, so you can utilize it as a manual for locate the right one for you.

System blackouts, information traded off by programmers, PC infections and different episodes influence our lives in ways that reach from awkward to life-debilitating. As the quantity of portable clients, computerized applications and information systems increment, so do the open doors for misuse.

What is Cyber Security?

Cyber security is the protection of internet-connected systems, including hardware, software and data, from cyber attacks. In a computing context, security comprises cyber security and physical security — both are used by enterprises to protect against unauthorized access to data centers and other computerized systems.

Cyber security conference, additionally alluded to as data innovation security, concentrates on ensuring PCs, systems, projects and information from unintended or unapproved access, change or devastation.

Why is Cyber Security Important?

Governments, military, organizations, budgetary foundations, healing centers and different organizations gather, process and store a lot of private data on PCs and transmit that information crosswise over systems to different PCs. With the developing volume and modernity of digital assaults, progressing consideration is required to ensure touchy business and individual data, and also shield national security.

While fast innovative improvements have given limitless zones of new open door and potential wellsprings of proficiency for associations of all sizes, these new advancements have likewise carried remarkable dangers with them. Digital security – characterized as the assurance of frameworks, systems and information in the internet – is a basic issue for all organizations. Digital security will just turn out to be more imperative as more gadgets, ‘the web of things’, get to be associated with the web.

This article acquaints you with some of these dangers, including digital wrongdoing, digital war, and digital fear, and clarifies the safeguards you ought to take against them.

Cyber threat discovery and reaction is created with difficulties. Most contemporary arrangements concentrate on alarm situated information produced by guideline based discovery frameworks. These alarms are hard to organize, be that as it may, on the grounds that the frameworks giving them give little data about the setting of a caution, the article it’s cautioning on, and what that item identifies with.

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Why Maritime Cyber-security is Important And How to Establish It?

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Cyber security threats have grown in reach and complexity. … With multifaceted vulnerabilities and cyber-attack scenarios (intended or unintended), the answer to cyber security lies in a multifaceted approach to manage risks.The National Security Agency (NSA) has brought to light several revelations in the recent years that have hinted at various international malware attacks. Despite this, ship owners and managers belonging to the maritime industry are still not treating as a top priority. While it is true that they are far from the biggest targets of cyber attacks, any attack has the potential to cause serious harm and should be protected against. Below, we present two examples of past cyber attacks on the maritime industry and the consequences thereafter.

Incidents of Maritime Cyber Security Breaching

1. The Port of Antwerp

A drug-smuggling gang hired hackers to breach the digital tracking systems of a ship and locate drug-filled containers. The smugglers were then able to dispatch their own drivers and retrieve these containers by sending then ahead of the scheduled collection time.

Fortunately, the severity of the situation was easily seen and with due cooperation, the authorities shut down the smuggling ring within 2 years. Although the maritime companies involved did not suffer any lasting damage, according to security experts, the damage could have been far greater and the companies were extremely fortunate. These criminals could have gained access to and manipulate a vessel’s AIS, giving the impression vessels were in false locations or making phantom structures or vessels appear. The damage could have easily been severe and irreparable.

2. The Hacking of a Drilling Rig

Our second incident of breaching occurred when the maritime internet on a drilling rig was compromised and operations were forced to suspend. Furthermore, during this incident, hacker were able to eliminate an entire database of cargo information associated to a container line. All sorts of crucial information like container location, place of origin, and contents were removed from the system.

Although there have been a number of reported instance of cyberattacks in the maritime industry, there is a remarkable lack of transparency on the issues, as companies involved attempt to hush up their involvement. Thus far, neither the names of companies attacked have been reported, nor have companies come forward with information about the attacks. To date, we are still unsure who has been affected. Of course, this is to be expected as news of cyberattacks related to a company can severely affect trust in their brands. However, this lack of transparency severely hampers attempts to help secure the industry from future attacks.

What Should Maritime Industry Companies Do?

Ultimately, whether a company name gets exposed or not might not be as important as a leak of confidential information from a hacking. Protecting one’s self and one’s customers must take precedent over all else. Therefore, although maritime internet security is not traditionally a sexy issue, it needs to be discussed out in the open and acted upon. The following are some of the preventive measures that concerned companies, ship owners, and managers should take:

  • Raise awareness of the cyberattack issues at the executive level
  • Adopt good “cyber hygiene” in order to dissuade opportunistic attacks
  • Prevent accidental security compromises, develop and implement proper IT policies and maintain a top-down approach
  • Regularly backup data
  • Maintain strong user access controls
  • Set strong network access controls
  • Update all software constantly
  • Train employees to recognize cyberattacks and seek immediate support to prevent losses
  • Develop strong policies regarding external computer storage, such as USB memory sticks and other external drives.

Though few and simple, most companies do not maintain these kinds of cyber policies, though just these would be extremely effective in securing maritime networks from cyber attacks. Often, many attacks and opportunities arise from human error and poor standard procedures on that lead to lapses in judgement. These few simple rules may make ultimately make the difference to your company in the future.

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AI robots will solve underwater infrastructure damage checks

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Robots will be paired with a versatile AI that can quickly adapt to unpredictable conditions when examining underwater infrastructure.

Some of a nation’s most vital infrastructure hides beneath the water. The difficulty in accessing most of it, however, makes important damage checks infrequent.

Sending humans down requires significant training and can take several weeks to recover due to the often extreme depths. There are far more underwater structures than skilled divers to inspect them.

Robots have been designed to carry out some of these dangerous tasks. The problem is until now they’ve lacked the smarts to deal with the unpredictable and rapidly-changing nature of underwater conditions.

Researchers from Stevens Institute of Technology are working on algorithms which enable these underwater robots to check and protect infrastructure.

Their work is led by Brendan Englot, Professor of Mechanical Engineering at Stevens.

“There are so many difficult disturbances pushing the robot around, and there is often very poor visibility, making it hard to give a vehicle underwater the same situational awareness that a person would have just walking around on the ground or being up in the air,” says Englot.

Englot and his team are using reinforcement learning for training algorithms. Rather than use an exact mathematical model, the robot performs actions and observes whether it helps to attain its goal.

Through a case of trial-and-error, the algorithm is updated with the collected data to figure out the best ways to deal with changing underwater conditions. This will enable the robot to successfully manoeuvre and navigate even in previously unmapped areas.

A robot was recently sent on a mission to map a pier in Manhattan.

“We didn’t have a prior model of that pier,” says Englot. “We were able to just send our robot down and it was able to come back and successfully locate itself throughout the whole mission.”

The robots use sonar for data, widely regarded as the most reliable for undersea navigation. It works similar to a dolphin’s echolocation by measuring how long it takes for high-frequency chirps to bounce off nearby structures.

A pitfall with this approach is you’re only going to be able to receive imagery similar to a grayscale medical ultrasound. Englot and his team believe that once a structure has been mapped out, a second pass by the robot could use a camera for a high-resolution image of critical areas.

For now, it’s early days but Englot’s project is an example of how AI is enabling a new era for robotics that improves efficiency while reducing the risks to humans.

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