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- Just this week, one of the law firms working on the trial released an equally explosive collection of “Monsanto’s Secret Documents,” proving another long-suspected claim against the world’s most evil company: That it has in fact ghostwritten many of the key articles defending its products in the mainstream press—articles that were supposedly written by “independent” journalists. When the embarrassing details of the story came to light, including a suggested “draft” of an article written by Monsanto for Forbes “journalist” Henry Miller in 2015 that was exactly identical to the article that appeared under his name, Forbes pulled the piece from its website and ended Miller’s employment. In a different leaked email exchange, former Monsanto consultant John Acquavella complained to a Monsanto executive, “I can’t be part of deceptive authorship on a presentation or publication,” adding, “We call that ghost writing and it is unethical.”
But if all that weren’t bad enough, the latest documents to emerge from the case also detail exactly how Monsanto attempted to smear the research of Gilles-Éric Séralini, the French scientist who published a groundbreaking study showing an increase in tumors among rats fed genetically modified corn and Monsanto’s RoundUp herbicide.
- “To come to Australia as a student is expensive, so the students that come usually have wealthy parents. They can afford to pay high rents and enjoy the luxuries of life here. And because they are pretty well off they are also better educated. We find that success brings more success,” says Fong, who is now the president of the Chinese Historical Society.
- If American judicial authorities are going after British security researcher Marcus Hutchins for allegedly writing malware, then they will also have to indict people at the NSA who were responsible for creating Windows exploits that then leaked and led to massive ransomware attacks.
Those attacks have left some companies incapable of returning to full production even now, with a case in point being the pharmaceutical giant Merck.
Hutchins has pleaded not guilty to all six counts on his indictment. He has been charged with creating a banking trojan known as Kronos and also selling it, among other charges.
In Hutchins' case, the malware he is charged with creating — Kronos — barely raised a blip on the screen when it was being used.
But the NSA's sloppiness led to two massive ransomware attacks – the first of which, ironically, the same Hutchins helped to inadvertently stop.
Nobody in the US has ever said that someone in the NSA needs to be held responsible for their slip-ups. In other words, if you leave a slab of meat lying in the open and dogs attack it, then the dogs are to blame.
Another category that should come under scrutiny is businesses like Immunity, led by former NSA man Dave Aitel, which pay for vulnerabilities that are not publicly known and then protect only their own clients against them. There is no disclosure for the greater good.
But then in the US, there is one kind of justice meted out to government organisations that screw up and leave a mess that others drown in, and an entirely different kind of justice served to the average man/woman in the street.
One would expect much lauded mainstream media outlets like The New York Times and the Washington Post to come out screaming about things like this. But there has not been a peep from either of these brave defenders of democracy.
- Cloud security company Zscaler claims that the amount of malicious content being transmitted over SSL/TLS has more than doubled over the last six months.
However the overall figures are small: 12,000 phishing attempts were blocked each day while there were 300 hits per day for Web exploits, both cases referring to malicious code delivered over secure connections.
The figures were derived from a study done by the company's ThreatLabZ and found that an average of 60% of transactions in the Zscaler security cloud were delivered over SSL/TLS.
The numbers are based on Zscaler customers who use the SSL inspection feature.
Zscaler had the largest share of the cloud security market in Australia, New Zealand and India as of October last year, according to a study done by Frost & Sullivan.
"Hackers are increasingly using SSL to conceal device infections, shroud data exfiltration and hide botnet command and control communications,"said Deepen Desai, senior director, security research and operations.
"In fact, our study found that the amount of phishing attempts per day delivered over SSL/TLS has increased 400% from 2016."
- The call for improved ruggedness originates from an issue after deck landings. The MiG-29K fighter’s settings reportedly require a reset after landing on the deck of the carrier.
“After every carrier landing (which is virtually like a crash), components of the aircraft crack, break or stop functioning. The aircraft, then goes to the workshop for repair/replacement of the part, which often has to come from Russia,” Prakash said.
A report last year by India’s autonomous auditing agency, the Comptroller and Auditor General of India, said the MiG-29K was to be technically accepted despite discrepancies and anomalies.
“Since induction in February 2010, 40 engines (62 percent) of twin-engine MiG-29K fighters have been withdrawn from service due to design-related defects,” according to the report.
Early last year, the Indian Navy entered the global market to procure 57 multirole fighters to be used on future aircraft carriers, essentially rejecting the MiG-29K fighters.
Although companies have already shown interest in India’s request for information — the United States’ Boeing with its F/A-18E/F Super Hornet; France’s Dassault with its Rafale M, Sweden’s Saab with its Gripen Maritime and Russia‘s MiG-29K — a formal tender to kick-start the acquisition process for a new fighter aircraft is yet to be issued.
Officials from the Indian Navy and the MoD would not comment on the fate of the purchase program.
- Composite materials are all the rage today with Russia’s fifth-generation T-50 fighters and, Ka-52 and Ka-62 helicopters making extensive use of polymeric carbon plastics and other high-strength materials, rendering them virtually invisible to enemy radar. Sputnik looked at the way composites can help planes fly better and dodge enemy radar.
The use of carbon-plastic composites, which are lighter than duralumin, titanal and other alloys used in aviation construction, enabled Russian engineers to make the T-50 just as undetectable by radar as the US F-22 Raptor stealth fighter.
With 70 percent of the T-50’s airframe consisting of composite materials, its developers say that the effective area of the plane’s reflecting surface is just 0.5 square meters. For comparison, in the heavy "metal" SU-30MKI fighter this indicator is 40 times higher and is equal to 20 square meters.
Figuratively speaking, the T-50 is seen on a radar screen as a tiny 50 cm x 100 cm “spot.”
- Jayden and Moosy were inseparable for more than 24 hours after Moosy returned, said Jessica Banks.
“Moosy went to the bathroom, Moosy went in the bathtub, Moosy went everywhere,” she said. “We barely got her away from him long enough to put it through the washing machine.”
Jayden has since taken a well-deserved 14-hour slumber and is no longer staring out his window crying for his best friend. His mother is finally at ease too, thanks to INDOT and the Facebook community that helped find Moosy.
“They say that it takes a village to raise a child,” said Jessica Banks. “And this village really stood up to help.”
- The clampdown on tech firms is part of French President Emmanuel Macron's muscular approach to ensuring a level playing field, after seeing first hand during his election campaign how French firms struggle to compete with countries where taxes and social security payments are lower.
- "The Americans are rather frank. They openly publish their strategies, tenders and guidelines, implying that the world belongs to them. And any area that does not belong to the American sphere of influence is regarded as an empty space, a "black hole," as Zbigniew Brzezinski put it; unclaimed territory that needs to be explored and covered with American networks, and subjected to colonial administration. The United States is a new network empire which exploits any area it gets access to. So Moldova becomes yet another foothold for US expansion into the Eurasian continent," Korovin said.
- A group of influential retired Thai generals, politicians, academics and businessmen with close links to China have revived plans to construct a US$28 billion ($35 billion) and 135 kilometre canal across southern Thailand to link the Indian and Pacific oceans.
Seen as an Asian equivalent of the Suez or Panama canals, the so-called Kra canal would save at least 1200 kilometres, or two to three days sailing time, for ships bypassing the narrow, traffic-choked and piracy-prone Malacca Strait, which links China, Japan and other Asian nations to the oil fields of the Middle East and markets in Europe, Africa and India.
A record 84,000 ships passed through the Malacca Strait last year, close to its capacity.
The Nikkei Asian Review reports that a group called the Thai Canal Association of Study and Development is trying to persuade Thailand's prime minister Prayuth Chan-ocha to approve a feasibility study. The plan would be one of the most ambitious mega-projects ever undertaken in Asia that could be funded through China's multi-billion dollar Belt and Road and New Maritime Silk Road initiatives, aimed at reshaping trade across Asia.
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