How to Create an Effective Cybersecurity Routine

first_imgChris Mercer has been engaged with creating software and eLearning tools for students for over ten years. Recently, he’s founded Citatior, a powerful academic formatting tool for students, so that they can focus on learning instead of formatting reference lists. Related Posts Tags:#data protection#protection#site security Chris Mercer AI: How it’s Impacting Surveillance Data Storage With your business facing so many competing interests from the cost of securing new finance, your competitors, and a fast-changing market, you might think that cybersecurity is something that can wait. Unfortunately, I’m going to have to tell you that this couldn’t be further from the truth. Let’s take a look at the basic things you need to have in place if you’re going to be able to create an effective cybersecurity routine.Why cybersecurity matters.Cyber-attacks are rising every month when you take a look at the data, but what does that mean for you and your business? Well, it means that you stand a 1 in 5 chance of being one of the 60 million Americans impacted by the misuse of their personal data every single year.These kinds of stats aren’t designed to scare you into action. They’re being passed on so that you can see just how widespread the issue has become. Cybersecurity is no longer something you see in the movies. It’s an everyday occurrence for thousands of businesses and millions of people. And it’s one that you need to get a handle on if you’re going to be able to thrive in the digital age.Educate your staff about best practicesOne of the surprising things you learn about cybersecurity right at the start, it really doesn’t matter how sophisticated your software is. Okay, that’s not quite true. While you need the latest cybersecurity software, you always need to close the most significant backdoor: human error.“No matter how good your tech is, if your staff hasn’t been told the common pitfalls to avoid, then, you’re in trouble. I make a point of getting someone external to come and do quarterly refreshers, and it works. I’d recommend every business to take a look at it” — says Veronica Wright, CEO of Resumes Centre.Something as simple as telling your staff not to click on the links in emails that are redirected to their spam folder could save you thousands of dollars and hundreds of hours in lost productivity. Close the human backdoor, and you’ll be all the better for it.Create a culture where updates are always the normClose behind the urge to click a tempting link, is the urge to put an update off until tomorrow. The problem is that tomorrow never comes because no one wants to sit there for 10 minutes and wait when all they want to do is get an email fired off.Microsoft and Apple discover holes in their systems on a rolling basis and create patches and upgrades to ensure you are safe online. They kind of have an impossible job because they have to continually evolve to keep pace with the changing face of cyber-attacks. But they also have to try and persuade users to click a button and deploy the update. Educate your staff, and tell them that automatic updates are just as important as clocking in on time, or being present at the town hall meetings.Create local and cloud backups todayBacking up is one of the essential threads of any cybersecurity routine, but it’s not without its potential issues. You can segment the hard drive of every workstation, and that will help to a degree. But you may find that all of your workstations are put offline by a sudden attack. There’s also the potential for backups that are kept in the same physical location to be destroyed by other means. Sounds scary, but it could happen.Cloud backups are the way of the future for 3 very good reasons:You can store your data offsite at a different physical locationIf you choose a massive company like AWS, you can sleep with the peace of mind that only comes from knowing that your data is being safeguarded by the best and brightest the tech world has to offerYou’re not going to run into issues like data overspills or faulty external drivesPractice good password security at every level.Picking the name of your first pet and combining it with your wedding anniversary makes a memorable password, but it’s not in the least bit secure. Using a randomly generated key is always the best approach to creating robust passwords, and it makes your business so much more secure.“We have a password policy where no one picks their own password. They’re created by our cybersecurity department to prioritize security and resistance to brute force attacks. We thought it would annoy our team at first, but everyone quickly got on board when we explained the reasons behind it” — shares James Lewis, Network Security Administrator at Resumes Expert.Hire a specialist to conduct periodic malware investigationsDid you know that it’s predicted the US will account for more than 50% of all breached data within the next five years? A degree of complacency towards the ever-growing issue of malware is a crucial driver of this trend, and it’s one that any organization can readily reverse.There’re so many examples that you’ll come across online of companies having to report huge data thefts years afterward. The issue isn’t so much that they tried to withhold the information from going public. It’s that it took them that long to realize an attack had even taken place. Malware can be hidden in virtually anything, even seemingly harmless app store downloads.Taking a proactive, rather than reactive approach is always the best way to keep your business safe and secure. Have a specialist sweep your entire system on a daily basis, and you’ll be amazed at the number of things they’re able to flag up straight away.Block ads and popups to remove the temptation to clickAds and popups are another way into your organization, so you’re going to need to block them before they have the chance to catch the eye of one of your employees.Final Thoughts: Always stay one step ahead of the latest sophisticated attacksThe rapid rise in cyber-crime due to AI is something that many businesses aren’t adequately prepared. These intelligent attacks are a world away from the brute force attempts of just 3 years ago. They require a refined and sophisticated approach to cybersecurity that gets your entire organization onboard.If you want to keep your business safe for years to come, then you’re going to need to stay one step ahead at all times. Work with a team that actively searches out and predicts the latest threats before they manifest themselves, and you’ll notice your number of attempted breaches falls off rapidly. Just what you need when you want to focus on growing your business, rather than recovering from yet another cyber-attack. How Data Analytics Can Save Lives Leveraging Big Data that Data Websites Should T… Internet of Things Makes it Easier to Steal You…last_img read more



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a month agoHigh Court rule McCabe must sell up at Sheffield Utd

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say High Court rule McCabe must sell up at Sheffield Utdby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveThe High Court have ruled Kevin McCabe must sell his £5million worth of shares in Sheffield United to Prince Abdullah.It means McCabe’s association with his boyhood club is over and it also ends a bitter feud between the two co-owners that began in 2017.The Sun says both men took 50-50 ownership in 2013 when the club were in League One.McCabe sold a 50 per cent stake of the Yorkshire side for just £1 on the basis that the Saudi prince would provide significant investment in the squad in a bid to get them back to the promised land.But their partnership reached boiling point two years ago when both men launched bids to gain full control of the club.An agreement couldn’t be reached and it has led to a two-year court battle which eventually reached its conclusion today. last_img read more



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More people have overdosed in Vancouver so far this year compared to

first_imgVANCOUVER – More people have fatally overdosed in Vancouver so far this year compared with the total number of illicit-drug deaths for all of 2016, the city says.It says 232 overdose deaths have been recorded since the beginning of the year. The BC Coroners Service reported 231 fatalities for Vancouver last year, many involving the opioid painkiller fentanyl.The numbers suggest more than 400 deaths are anticipated by the end of the year, the city said in a news release Monday.Mayor Gregor Robertson called the rising number of overdose deaths “horrendous and absolutely heartbreaking” and said the city will work with the new provincial government and pour its resource into tackling the issue.First responders have handled an average of 135 overdose calls a week this year, he said.“We can’t be complacent and let the number of deaths from this public health crisis be the new normal,” Robertson said.Decriminalization of illicit drugs and expansion of injectable treatment options, such as medical-grade heroin, must be explored, he said, echoing a report issued last week by the BC Centre for Disease Control.Injectable heroin is available for a limited number of people at one Vancouver clinic, the only one of its kind in North America, and health officials have said stigma against illicit-substance users has stalled the expansion of the program.Robertson also wants more supportive housing for drug users and an increase in the number of overdose prevention sites so staff or volunteers can provide the overdose-reversing medication naloxone when someone overdoses.The coroner’s service reported 780 deaths provincewide by the end of June, suggesting this year’s overdose fatalities will far exceed the nearly 1,000 deaths in 2016.It said cocaine, fentanyl, heroin and methamphetamine were the top four drugs involved in overdose fatalities in 2015 and 2016.In April 2016, the provincial medical health officer declared a public health emergency over the high number of overdose deaths and said it will remain in place for as long as necessary.last_img read more



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Innocence Project seeking release of Nuxalk prisoner after decades in prison

first_imgRob Smith APTN InvestigatesPhilip Tallio has been in prison for 34 years serving time for a heinous crime.The rape and murder of 22-month-old Delavina Mack rocked the small community of remote Bella Coola, B.C. in April 1983. Tallio has always maintained his innocence though an alleged confession is a part of the Crown’s evidence.After the University of British Columbia (UBC) Innocence Project took on his case, an appeal was filed in 2016.APTN National News, in partnership with the Vancouver Sun, argued successfully in court for files related to the appeal to be unsealed. “A Case for Innocence” airs tonight (Jan. 12) on APTN Investigates. A number of documents are still subject to an ongoing publication ban.“Because he maintains his innocence he actually has been in prison for decades longer then he had to be,” said his lawyer Rachel Barsky.Barsky took up his case as part of the UBC Innocence Project and has been working on the appeal since 2009.The night Delvania was killed, Philip was at a house party at his Uncle Cyril’s house and Delavania’s parents were also there. The baby had been left with grandparents, Sam and Gert Mack.Tallio says he was asked by Delavania’s mother Lotta to go and check on the child.“I knocked, called if anybody’s home. Went upstairs, Sam and Gert sleeping in the living room.” Tallio said in an interview with RCMP in 2011. “And you can smell the booze in the air. Delavina wasn’t with them so I went from door to door. Found her in the corner room. Could see that she wasn’t breathing. Her pajamas were down around her ankles. And that’s when I tried to wake up Sam and Gert. They wouldn’t wake up. That’s when I ran back to Cyril and Nina’s.”Innocence Project lawyers collected a number of sworn affidavits from court officials including a psychiatrist that suggest Tallio had no idea what was happening to him in the court room. They propose a number of alternate suspects for the killing including Tallio’s uncle Cyril who is now deceased.Lawyers also want new DNA testing based on the development of a procedure in the last year that can distinguish between male members of the same family along the paternal line. They’ve also collected new witnesses who are casting doubt on the efficacy of the initial police investigation.Tallio declined a request for an interview.rsmith@aptn.calast_img read more



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Manitoba moves to reform nighthunting

first_img(L to R) Rick Wowchuk, MLA for Swan River; Rochelle Squires, Minister of Sustainable Development; Chief Conservation Officer Jack Harrigan and Brian Kotak of the Manitoba Wildlife Federation.Melissa RidgenAPTN NewsIndigenous hunters in the populated southern portion of Manitoba will need a permit to spotlight hunt and only be allowed to do so in certain areas and times, under the proposed Wildlife Amendment Act.It mainly affects areas within Treaty 1, 2 and 3. Indigenous hunters in Treaty 5 are largely unaffected.The Bill is just the first step in making changes, says the province.Step 2 will be consultations over the summer to hammer out the details. Any changes will be decided with First Nations, the Metis, and municipalities, agriculture and wildlife groups, said Manitoba’s Minister of Sustainable Development, Rochelle Squires.Night hunting has been contentious in areas where traditional lands are in close proximity to farmland. Incidents involving bullets into houses, fences cut in pursuit of game and gunned-down livestock prompted Premier Brian Pallister to say in 2017 that night hunting was going to cause a “race war” in some areas of the province.He later said that was a poor choice of words and recognized night hunting was an inherent right of Indigenous people, protected under Section 35 of the Constitution.The framework for Bill 29 – the Wildlife Amendment Act – is a result of 22 meetings throughout the province including First Nations leaders.“We consistently heard that Indigenous people are concerned about Treaty rights while also expressing grave concern over how night hunting affects the safety of their communities as well as all Manitobans,” Squires said.But at a press conference Wednesday, all groups had a seat at the table except the one the province vowed to work closely with.“This government claims to have met with Indigenous leaders across the province, yet there was zero Indigenous representation today at Minister Squires press conference regarding Bill 29,” said Judy Klassen, Liberal MLA for Kewatinook.APTN asked why there were no indigenous representatives present and Squires said they were having their own media availability on the matter.Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs Grand Chief Arlen Dumas was not invited to the table and said later he’s hopeful the consultation meetings this summer will be productive.“I’ve actually spoken with the premier on this issue and they’re wanting to move forward in a collaborative way,” he said.“If this government wants to restrict night hunting it can negotiate with our First Nations or include us in comprehensive co-management of natural resources.”Dumas said he has asked that a round table discussion facilitated by the Treaty Relations Commission of Manitoba be part of this summer’s consultations.The Manitoba Metis Federation, meanwhile, says it favors changes to night-hunting and spotlighting in southern Manitoba.last_img read more



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Despite losing two stars Ohio State wrestling maintains high expectations

OSU then-redshirt freshman Nathan Tomasello during a match against Minnesota on Feb. 6 at the Schottenstein Center. Credit: Lantern File PhotoFor the first time in four seasons, as the Ohio State wrestling team prepares to defend its title — the first national championship in program history — it will proceed without Logan Stieber.Life without the most decorated wrestler in OSU history has begun.Masterfully, Stieber was a force. Ending his career 119-3, winning his last 50 matches, he — along with coach Tom Ryan — took the wrestling program to unprecedented heights.The Buckeyes are now discovering why repeating as national champions in college athletics is so hard. OSU not only has to make up for the absence of Stieber’s scoring, but Kyle Snyder’s as well, as the second-year Buckeye plans to redshirt the upcoming season to train for the 2016 Summer Olympics.“It will be weird,” Snyder said. “It will be hard for me to come to practice and watch, and not be able to compete because I’m going to want to practice so bad. (There) will definitely be a bitter taste in my mouth.” Like Stieber, Snyder — the first collegiate wrestler to win the U.S. Open and make the World Team as a freshman — was dominant. With Snyder in the lineup, the Buckeyes were favored to repeat as national champions. Now sans Snyder, the Buckeyes are projected as a bubble team.“Obviously, preseason rankings, you go from No. 1 to No. 5 when you don’t have a Kyle Snyder in the lineup,” Ryan said. “It’s hard to make up the 25 points that you consider him getting in the national tournament, but we’ve got people who can.”Redshirt sophomores Nathan Tomasello and Bo Jordan can make up the points, and should. Tomasello is coming off a 33-4 season in which he captured the Big Ten and NCAA championship at 125 pounds.  For Jordan, he is pegged as InterMat’s top-ranked wrestler at 174 pounds and comes off a 2014 season in which he went 11-0 in dual meets and 9-0 against the Big Ten.The incoming freshman class should assist the team, as well. “We’ve got some really good freshmen coming in,” Jordan said. “A lot of guys that think right and train really hard and have the right mindset.”Freshman Kollin Moore, along with Myles Martin, have made early impressions. Former high school standouts, Moore went 51-0 in his senior year at Norwayne High School in Creston, Ohio, and Martin — a New Jersey native and FloWrestling’s No. 3 recruit — is expected to contribute early at 174 pounds behind Jordan.Satisfied with the young guys at the back end of the lineup, Ryan — who has coached four different student-athletes to eight national championships — refuses to settle. In fact, he’s raising expectations for the young Buckeyes. “Winning it one year is fantastic, but we’re here to stay,” Ryan said. “We want prolonged, sustained success, and I’m really confident that 10 years from now, people in the wrestling world and community will say, ‘Ohio State is a place where wrestling is alive and well.’”Repeating is OSU’s goal, but Ryan admits the loss of Snyder is a hurdle. Nevertheless, he thinks the team can vault it. “The goal is to win another championship. That hasn’t changed,” Ryan said. “It’s definitely more challenging without (Snyder), but what a story it will be, should it happen come March.”Confident and convinced, the Buckeyes — despite being without two All-Americans — are ready to defend their title.“We’re not going to have Logan and Snyder, but we’re still going to be good, and I know we can win a national title if everything happens right,” Jordan said.As Stieber and Snyder continue to train in Columbus for their personal careers, their presence will still be felt. On the mat, however, life without both has just begun. read more



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Xhaka speaks about Arsenals victory

first_imgThe Gunners defeated Fulham 4-1 today in the English Premier League to open 2019 with a win that puts them fifth on the tableGranit Xhaka scored in the 25th minute today for Arsenal in order to open the doors for the Gunners to beat Fulham FC 4-1.And Xhaka is very happy after his goal and explained the importance of winning at Anfield.“Of course, it was not a good game for us against Liverpool. We started well there but after we lost 5-1. We know we have a lot we need to improve, and today is the first step,” he told the club’s official website.Premier LeaguePremier League Betting: Match-day 5 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Going into the Premier League’s match-day five with a gap already beginning to form at the top of the league. We will take a…“We know they have a new coach, a good team and we knew that before but we were playing at home and we started well, we had some chances and scored the first goals and after it went to 2-1, there were a few nerves but we are happy to have the three points.”“Yes, surprise, surprise, I can score in the box now! I am happy to be able to help the team and to take the three points, which is the most important thing,” he said about his goal.“We can learn a lot from this team. We know Liverpool have a good team this year and we have a tough programme in front of us we play West Ham away and then Chelsea at home and we want to get in the top four.”last_img read more



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Cadillacs hot new CT6V gets pricing and preorders

first_img 18 Photos 68 Photos 2019 Acura RDX A-Spec: Sharp handling, sharper looks 2019 Honda Pilot Elite: A smoother, tech-rich crossover SUV 2020 BMW M340i review: A dash of M makes everything better Honda OdysseyThe feature-rich Honda Odyssey minivan also retains its number-two slot from last year’s list. While the 2019 model doesn’t see any changes from last, it’s still a darn good choice for families on the go with reconfigurable seats, Wi-Fi and an excellent rear-seat entertainment system. The Cabin Watch video system lets parents keep an eye on their little darlings without turning around in their seats, while Cabin Talk amplifies their voice so no yelling is required.The Odyssey is powered by a 3.5-liter V6 rated for 280 horsepower and 262 pound-feet of torque. Most trims get a nine-speed automatic but the top Touring and Elite trims now use a 10-speed automatic with stop-start technology. The Honda Odyssey is made in Lincoln, Alabama. Fans of luxurious domestic speed can rejoice because the order books are open for Cadillac’s next V car. Cadillac Cadillac has our emotions all over the place lately with the news of the CT6 getting canceled, then un-canceled, and now here we are getting pricing information on the saucy CT6-V with its locally sourced, farm-to-table, bespoke, artisanal Blackwing turbo V8. It’s almost more than a person can stand.Cadillac announced pricing for its newest and soon-to-be-onliest V-Series car on Monday, and as is typical for fast Caddies, it seems like a helluva deal with a starting price of $88,790.”The 2019 CT6-V marks the expansion of the V-Series sub-brand and is the proof point of Cadillac’s commitment to build high-performance vehicles as we continue our product offensive,” Steve Carlisle, president of Cadillac, said in a statement Monday. “Fans of Cadillac will see high-performance variants across our portfolio.”Cadillac is also hoping to snare some prospective buyers for the car by opening up preorders in advance of the car’s projected mid-2019 on-sale date. If you want one, though, you’re going to need to move quickly because GM is only offering 275 preorders in total. 2019 Honda Passport: A well-rounded midsize offering 2 Tags Acura MDXMoving up one slot to sixth place on the American Made Index is the non-hybrid variant of the Acura MDX. With its SH-AWD system, the MDX is one of the better handling midsize luxury crossovers, and for 2019 the company gives us the A-Spec treatment with a new front fascia and side skirts, 20-inch wheels, wider exhaust tips, unique gauges, a new steering wheel, carbon fiber trim and various Alcantara interior touches.However, both the standard and A-Spec models get a 3.5-liter V6 engine, rated for 290 horsepower and 267 pound-feet of torque going through a nine-speed automatic transmission. The Acura MDX is made in East Liberty, Ohio.  2019 Acura MDX adds new features and an A-Spec model Share your voice Cadillac,Enlarge ImageIt’s all in a day’s work for the Jeep Cherokee, the most American-made car in 2019. Jeep With high trade tensions looming and increasing talk of tariffs, more and more consumers are looking to buy American. Cars.com has released its annual American Made Index, showcasing companies that use the most American-sourced parts and labor in their vehicles. The results may surprise you.Cars.com analyzed more than 100 US-built vehicles for five key data points: manufacturing location, parts sourcing, US employment, engine sourcing and transmission sourcing. You might think something like the Ford F-150 would top the list, but it drops from its No. 5 spot for 2018 and out of the top 10 completely. Even the first-place holder, the Jeep Cherokee, is a pretty global product. It’s a Jeep, sure, but that brand is part of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, an Italian-owned business.Cars.com surveyed 1,000 people and found that half are concerned about automotive import tariffs, with 41% saying they are unsure if tariffs would make them more likely to buy American. Either way, we’re big fans of all the vehicles on this list. These days, buying American doesn’t necessarily mean sticking with a US-based automaker. 69 Photos Cadillac Jeep CherokeeKeeping its top-of-the-list placement, the Jeep Cherokee is 2019’s most American-made car. Refreshed for 2019, the compact crossover now features more tech, better cargo space and a slightly tweaked look. It’s available in no fewer the nine trims, including the off-road specific Trailhawk and a fancy-pants Trailhawk Elite.For 2019, the Cherokee gets a new 2.0-liter, turbocharged, four-cylinder engine with 270 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque, though naturally aspirated I4 and V6 choices are also available. Regardless of engine, a nine-speed automatic transmission gets the power to the pavement — or dirt as the case may be. The Cherokee is made in Belvidere, Illinois. 2019 Honda Odyssey offers plenty of room and features for families Tags Chevrolet CorvetteMoving up from the 10th-place slot last year is the 2019 Chevrolet Corvette. While we’ve all been ogling the new mid-engine Corvette, it’s easy to forget what a performance bargain the current-generation ‘Vette is. From the base trim to the Grand Sport to the bonkers ZR1, the Corvette is an American icon.My preference is for the Grand Sport, which strikes a perfect balance between everyday drivability and canyon-carving performance. The 6.2-liter V8 puts out 460 horsepower and 465 pound-feet of torque. You can get it with a seven-speed manual or eight-speed automatic transmission, but the kicker is the borrowed chassis and aero parts from the beefier Z06. Like I said, perfect balance. The Corvette is made in Bowling Green, Kentucky. 2019 Honda Ridgeline review: Light duty, heavy punch 52 Photos Honda RidgelineAgain keeping the status quo, the Honda Ridgeline maintains third place on the American Made Index. This crossover-that-looks-like-a-truck provides a better ride than a traditional pickup and gets an awesome lockable trunk right in the floor of the bed. And it doesn’t do the truck stuff too badly, either, as it’s able to carry 1,860 pounds of payload and tow 3,500 pounds.The Ridgeline is powered by a 3.5-liter V6 good for 280 horsepower and 262 pound-feet of torque. That is channeled through a six-speed automatic transmission with available all-wheel drive. It’s built in Lincoln, Alabama. 2019 GMC Sierra Denali review: So close to greatness 26 Photos Acura RDXThe third-generation Acura RDX squeaks into the top ten list with larger proportions, plenty of interior space and better handling than its predecessor. Forward collision warning with collision mitigation braking, adaptive cruise control that works even in low-speed traffic, lane-keeping steering assist and road departure mitigation are all standard across the board. Like its MDX counterpart, the RDX is available with the A-Spec styling package.The RDX sports a 2.0-liter, turbocharged, four-cylinder engine. Output is stated at 273 horsepower and 280 pound-feet of torque, and it’s mated to a 10-speed automatic transmission. The new RDX is built in East Liberty, Ohio. 2020 Kia Telluride review: Kia’s new SUV has big style and bigger value 2019 Jeep Cherokee can handle the rough stuffcenter_img More From Roadshow General Motors Chevrolet Honda Jeep Acura 2019 Honda Ridgeline: The commuter’s pickup truck Share your voice 81 Photos 71 Photos Honda PilotDropping down to seventh place for 2019 is the Honda Pilot. Like its two-row Passport sibling, the three-row Pilot offers parent-focused technology like Cabin Talk as well as myriad standard driver-assistance features through the Honda Sensing tech suite. Honda’s largest crossover offers up nearly 84 cubic feet of cargo space. Honda’s 3.5-liter V6 engine shows up again, making a serviceable 280 horsepower and 262 pound-feet of torque. Touring and Elite trims get a nine-speed automatic transmission while lower trims have to make do with a six-speed auto. The Honda Pilot is made in Lincoln, Alabama. Chevrolet ColoradoMaking its debut in the top 10 is the Chevrolet Colorado. Shown here in the tough ZR2 Bison off-road spec, the Chevy Colorado is an excellent truck and one of the two midsize pickups you can get with a diesel engine. Adding to the ZR2’s two-inch lift and front and rear locking differentials, the Bison gets beefier skid plates (trust me, that’s a good thing), steel bumpers and integrated recovery points. Heck, you can even get a snorkel.Base models get a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine with a six-speed manual transmission, but a more popular choice is the 3.6-liter V6 gas engine with 308 horsepower and 275 pound-feet of torque, mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission. Meanwhile, the 2.8-liter diesel pumps out 186 horsepower and a delicious 369 pound-feet of twist and is mated to a six-speed automatic. The Chevy Colorado is built in Wentzville, Missouri. 2019 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 Bison: A tougher off-roader 4 2019 GMC Canyon: A fancier Colorado 12 Photos 2019 Cadillac CT6: Caddy’s flagship sedan bows out in style 10 Photos 49 Photos Performance Cars Luxury cars Car Industry GMC CanyonIf you’re looking for a slightly fancier version of the Colorado that’s more focused on luxe than dirt, check out the GMC Canyon. The top Denali trim gets standard heated and ventilated front seats as well as a heated steering wheel. Maximum payload capability is 1,665 pounds while max towing is a fairly healthy 7,600 pounds.The Canyon is available with the same 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine, 3.6-liter V6 or 2.8-liter diesel as the Chevrolet Colorado. It’s also built in Wentzville, Missouri. Comments Honda PassportThe Honda Passport is a new (well, reborn) entry to both the Honda lineup and the American Made Index. This midsize crossover comes to the fray with great driving dynamics and plenty of tech like the standard Honda Sensing suite of active safety features. An available 8-inch touchscreen gets Apple CarPlay and Android Auto as well as a Wi-Fi hotspot.Under the hood is the stalwart 3.5-liter V6 producing 280 horsepower and 262 pound-feet of torque. However unlike the Ridgeline, the Passport sends that power through a nine-speed automatic transmission. Having said that, just like the Ridgeline, this is the only powertrain available. The Honda Passport is built in Lincoln, Alabama. 2019 Chevrolet Corvette Grand Sport loves to hustle 2020 Hyundai Palisade review: Posh enough to make Genesis jealous Comments 2019 Chevy Colorado ZR2 Bison: An off-road animal More From Roadshow 70 Photoslast_img read more



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Mueller report dives into Russian election interference and Trump campaign

first_img Now playing: Watch this: 98 Politics Security Share your voice Tags Originally published April 18, 8:05 a.m. PT. Updates, 8:51 a.m.: Adds more detail; 9:02 a.m.: Includes responses from lawmakers. 11:39 a.m.: Adds more analysis from the report; 1:48 p.m.: Includes response from Kellyanne Conway. But the report has landed in a politically charged environment, and repercussions are likely to persist for months.Some lawmakers remain skeptical, because of the Justice Department’s role in redacting multiple pages of the document, as well as Barr’s input on its release. At a press conference Thursday, Barr said he had no objection to Mueller testifying before Congress. Rep. Adam Schiff, chairman of the House Intelligence Committee and a Democrat from California, invited Mueller to testify shortly after the report’s release. “After a two year investigation, the public deserves the facts, not Attorney General Barr’s political spin,” Schiff said in a statement. Sen. Richard Burr, chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee and a Republican from North Carolina, didn’t indicate whether he intends to have Mueller testify, but he noted that the committee would be releasing its own findings soon.  “I look forward to presenting the American people with an accounting of the facts the Committee has uncovered as we conclude our own investigation. It is my hope to release the first of our final reports in the coming weeks,” Burr said in a statement.  Sen. Elizabeth Warren, also criticized how much was redacted in the report, joining the growing demand for Mueller to testify before Congress. President Donald J. Trump and special counsel Robert S. Mueller III.  Jabin Botsford/The Washington Post via Getty Images; Win McNamee/Getty Images The Mueller report, released to the public Thursday, is offering a deeper look at the efforts by Russia to meddle in the 2016 presidential election, including ways that intersected with actions by members of Donald Trump’s campaign.The nearly two-year investigation, led by special counsel Robert Mueller, concluded that Russian interference took place through two channels. The first was a social media campaign designed to favor Trump and to disparage rival candidate Hillary Clinton, and more broadly to sow discord among American voters, and the second involved “computer-intrusion operations,” including hacking, against members of the Clinton campaign.”The Russian government interfered in the 2016 presidential election in sweeping and systematic fashion,” the report says. You can download the report, some of which has been heavily redacted at points to shield sensitive information, from the special counsel’s website here. (We’ve also embedded the report at the bottom of this article.) It was released to Congress and the public Thursday following a press conference with Attorney General William Barr.  Barr emphasized that the investigation failed to find that any Americans, including those working to elect Trump, colluded in Russia’s schemes.”There was no evidence of Trump campaign ‘collusion’ with the Russian government’s hacking,” he said.  Shortly after Barr’s press conference, the president claimed victory in a Game of Thrones-styled tweet. “Game Over,” read the tweet, addressed to his political opponents. The ongoing drama of the Mueller investigation has seized the public’s attention and shined a spotlight on the ways Russia has been able to manipulate the US electoral process — an issue companies like Facebook and Google and agencies like the Department of Homeland Security are still working to address.  The special counsel wrapped up his investigation and delivered his report to Barr on March 22. The next day, Barr provided Congress with a four-page summary of the roughly 450-page report and received criticism from some members for the summary’s lack of details. Following the release of the Justice Department’s summary, the White House said the report was a “total and complete exoneration” of Trump. Barr’s summary, however, noted that Mueller’s report said in regard to obstruction of justice that “while this report does not conclude that the President committed a crime, it also does not exonerate him.”  The report found that the Russian government would benefit from a Trump presidency and that Trump’s campaign benefited from Russia’s efforts, but didn’t find any coordination between the two parties. On Thursday at a veterans event at the White House, Trump called the investigation a “hoax” and said, “This should never happen again to another president.” At a press conference outside the White House on Thursday afternoon, White House counselor Kellyanne Conway said Mueller’s report exonerated the president.”There was no collusion and there was certainly no criminal conspiracy with any Russians,” Conway said. Russian meddling The investigation was heavily focused on connections between the Trump campaign and Russian operatives, but the report also gives an in-depth look at how election meddling played out through technology. The special counsel examined how Russian hackers infiltrated the Democratic National Committee and used social media platforms like Facebook, Twitter and YouTube to spread disinformation. As the investigation proceeded, the special counsel’s office announced multiple indictments, including charges against 12 Russian hackers behind the DNC’s cyberattacks and 13 Russian nationals for spreading disinformation on social media. The propaganda efforts’ chief accountant was also charged. More on the Mueller report The facts on the Trump-Russia case How to read the Mueller report for free AG says no evidence of Trump collusion in report Findings will be delivered to Congress on CD, says report Memes all about being redacted for your amusement Justice Department indicts 12 Russian cyberspies suspected… Though the evidence didn’t point to an agreement between the Trump campaign and the Russians on election interference, Mueller’s investigation turned up issues with key members of the campaign, including former campaign chairman Paul Manafort, former campaign advisers Rick Gates and George Papadopoulos, former national security adviser Michael Flynn, former Trump attorney Michael Cohen and longtime Trump associate Roger Stone.     Stone has been accused of communicating with WikiLeaks, which published thousands of hacked emails stolen from Hillary Clinton’s campaign and the Democratic committee. Last Thursday, WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange was arrested after being kicked out of the Ecuadorian embassy in London, where he’d been in asylum for more than six years. and is facing extradition to the US over hacking charges.  Tech giants have also fallen under the investigation’s scope. Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg said his company was working with Mueller’s office. Russian operatives had used fake personalities on the social network to pose as Americans arguing on divisive issues. Facebook was also heavily scrutinized over its Cambridge Analytica scandal, involving a UK data analytics firm with consultants who worked with the Trump campaign. The firm, which harvested data on 87 million Facebook users without their permission, kicked the hornet’s nest on privacy issues for Facebook, leading to multiple congressional hearings and changes within the company. Mueller’s investigation questioned Cambridge Analytica’s former director of business development, Brittany Kaiser. Cambridge Analytica and Zuckerberg were not mentioned in the report. The special counsel’s office scrutinized Twitter as well, looking at tweets Trump sent related to then-Attorney General Jeff Sessions and former FBI Director James Comey. Trump has taken to Twitter to criticize Mueller’s investigation, often calling it a “witch hunt” and arguing that there was “no collusion” and “no obstruction.” Russia’s hacking efforts Mueller’s indictment against 12 Russian hackers last July detailed that their operations started in March 2016, as hundreds of files containing malware infected the DNC’s servers. The Russian malware stole thousands of emails, which were posted on WikiLeaks and DC Leaks, a website created by Russian hackers posing as Americans. The defendants are members of Russia’s military intelligence agency, the GRU.   The hacking victims included John Podesta, who was Clinton’s campaign chairman during the election, with 50,000 emails leaked online. The Russian hackers also bought servers to host their operations, paying more than $95,000 for setups, Mueller’s investigation found. The malware was discovered on at least 10 different DNC computers and allowed hackers to steal passwords, take screenshots and monitor network activity. They searched for terms like “Hillary,” “Trump” and “Benghazi Investigations.” Another hacking group from the GRU targeted the US’s election infrastructure, hacking systems belonging to state board of elections, local election officials, and US companies that supply voting software and machines, the report noted. Mueller’s investigation found that Russian hackers looked for vulnerabilities on election websites in more than 24 states. When the GRU successfully hacked Illinois’s Board of Elections, it gained access to a database containing information on millions of voters in the state. The investigation also found that Trump’s campaign had a strategy in place if WikiLeaks released stolen emails from Clinton’s campaign. The report detailed communications between Donald Trump Jr. and WikiLeaks during the campaign. On Oct. 12, 2016, WikiLeaks asked for Trump to tweet out a URL. Two days later, Trump Jr. tweeted out that same URL.  screen-shot-2019-04-18-at-12-31-25-pmWikiLeaks asked Trump Jr. to tweet this URL out on Oct. 12. Twitter But while Mueller’s investigation found direct contact between Trump’s campaign and WikiLeaks, it did not find any evidence of coordination or exchange of services. The social media storm Mueller’s investigation also found that Russia was backing a $35 million operation to meddle with US politics through social media. The money was spent between January 2016 and June 2018 and dedicated to spreading disinformation on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. The operation ran like a professional social media marketing campaign, with specific departments in search engine optimization and graphic design, along with a staff of hundreds who posted on social networks. The operation studied political groups on social media starting in 2014 and mimicked their tactics, Mueller’s investigation found. The group behind the effort, the Internet Research Agency, was directed to support Trump’s campaign and attack Clinton, according to the investigation. The operation also spent $60,000 on Facebook ads, $6,000 on Instagram ads and $18,000 on Twitter. screen-shot-2019-04-18-at-11-31-15-amA screenshot of a Trump post from Mueller’s report. Department of Justice The report showed that the first ad the IRA paid for was on Instagram, on April 19, 2016. The ad said it came from the “Tea Party News,” and it asked people to upload photos with the hashtag “#KidsForTrump.”  The disinformation campaign was so successful that Facebook estimated the posts had reached up to 126 million people on the social network, with more than 80,000 posts. They also hosted rallies and events posing as Americans — sometimes even tricking the Trump campaign.  A post from August 2016 from Trump’s official Facebook account posted photos from a rally the IRA had organized. The Russian state-actors would pose as Americans opining on divisive issues like race, gender and gun control. The goal was to create political chaos by fueling intense arguments around these issues. The IRA tricked politicians and social activists with the fake personas, targeting battleground states like Colorado, Virginia and Florida. It also used stolen Social Security numbers and birthdates of US citizens to set up PayPal accounts. While members of the IRA had contact with Trump’s campaign, the investigation found that no one from the campaign knew that they were speaking with Russian actors.  The only American charged in Russia’s disinformation efforts was Richard Pinedo, a fake ID salesman in California, who sold bank account credentials to the IRA, which allowed the group to use PayPal. He pleaded guilty to one charge of identity fraud. He was sentenced in October to six months in prison and six months house arrest.  You can read the redacted Mueller report here:   1:59 Comments Now playing: Watch this: This is a disgrace. The American people deserve answers—and Special Counsel Robert Mueller should testify publicly before Congress. #ReleaseTheFullReport pic.twitter.com/ROG0Bt6JVq— Elizabeth Warren (@ewarren) April 18, 2019 1:45 AG Barr: Trump campaign did not work with Russia in election…last_img read more



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Uber Standard Chartered Bank announce cashback for rides in India Singapore Malaysia

first_imgCab hailing aggregator Uber and London-based Standard Chartered Bank (SCB) announced a tie-up on Monday that will enable the bank’s credit cardholders in six countries to get up to 25 percent cashback on Uber rides.SCB cardholders in India, Vietnam, Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia and the UAE will be able to get cashback on all global rides, SCB said in a press statement on Monday.The offer is available to all SCB cardholders in Singapore, Malaysia, India and Vietnam, Indonesia from Oct.1, while the date of availability for UAE cardholders will be announced “in the near future,” the bank said.In India, SCB cardholders will receive 20 per cent cash-back on all Uber rides, subject to a cashback cap of Rs 600 per per month.”There has been a dramatic shift towards digital and cashless payments across the region and we are seeing success in the seamless integration of the Bank’s services in our clients’ everyday life,” Sebastian Arcuri, Regional Head, Retail Banking, ASEAN and South Asia, Standard Chartered Bank said.Uber said that th tie-up will bring “more value” to SCB credit cardholders.”We look forward to welcoming cardholders as first-time Uber riders to join over 50 million riders globally to experience the ridesharing revolution,” Chan Park, Uber’s Regional General Manager for Southeast Asia, said.Uber had announced a tie-up with American Express Bank last month benefitting the bank’s credit cardholders. “The tie-up allows AmEx to integrate its Corporate Card programs with Uber’s corporate platform ‘Uber for Business,'” the taxi-hailing aggregator said in a statement on Sept. 28, 2016.San Francisco-based Uber claims it has over 50,000 business enterprises worldwide that use “Uber for Business” for their mobility solutions. Billed as the “most valuable start-up” at about $66 billion, Uber’s operations in India cover 28 cities and is a significant market. “India accounts for 12% of all rides on our platform globally and there remains tremendous potential,” Amit Jain, Uber India president, told Bloomberg.last_img read more



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