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Chinese and Iranian hackers increase cyber attacks on US

“Chinese and Iranian hackers have been aggressively targeting US businesses and government agencies because of Donald Trump’s ongoing conflicts with the two countries, the New York Times has reported” writes Stephen Bush for telegraph.co.uk. According to the newspaper, dozens of US banks, businesses and government offices have been hit amid a marked increase in cyber attacks.It follows a report by US intelligence chiefs last month, which warned that China, Iran, North Korea and Russia, the country’s main cyber adversaries, “increasingly use cyber operations to threaten both minds and machines in an expanding number…

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SoftBank’s high leverage is another warning sign on the growing corporate debt crisis

“However, one of the company’s key rating metrics, loan-to-value, has been a negative for credit rating analysts at Moodys and S&P, as reported by Bloomberg” writes Callum Burroughs for businessinsider.com. SoftBank, the giant fund behind investments including Uber, Slack, and WeWork, is under pressure from analysts with a negative sentiment on the company’s net debt and leverage.”It would be a very challenging step to upgrade this company to investment grade.”. Last month the company significantly scaled back planned investment into WeWork amid questions about the viability of the loss-making office…

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Data Sheet—President Trump’s A.I. Plan Is Management Consultant Fluff

“Presidents who are serious about a national objective do things like create federal agencies, like what became DARPA, an Eisenhower-era confection that led to the invention of the Internet” writes Aaron Pressman for fortune.com. Standards and education and data sharing are things government agencies can do without an executive order—and that industry can do too.Trump tweeted a claim that he worked more than other presidents and cited the list of issues he has faced in office. Source: fortune.com

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Trump will sign an executive order to focus on AI

“President Donald Trump will sign an executive order to form the American AI Initiative, the White House Office of Science and Technology (WHOST) announced Monday” writes Rachel Kraus for mashable.com. The order tasks federal agencies to cooperate on advancing research and development in AI, as well as considering legislative frameworks for its governance.The forthcoming executive order is a welcome change from the administration’s past stance on AI, or lack thereof. Source: mashable.com

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President Trump to sign executive order launching artificial intelligence initiative

“President Donald Trump plans to sign an executive order directing federal agencies to prioritize research and development in the field of artificial intelligence” writes Associated Press for sun-sentinel.com. It also says federal agencies will establish guidance to ensure the new technologies are developed in a safe, trustworthy way.It directs federal agencies to make data and computing resources more available to artificial intelligence experts while maintaining security and confidentiality.The initiative calls on federal agencies to help workers gain relevant skills through fellowships, apprenticeships, training programs and computer science education.The plan, called…

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Trump to launch artificial intelligence initiative, but many details lacking

“And today President Donald Trump will sign an executive order launching the American AI Initiative, directing federal agencies to focus on the technology” writes Matthew Hutson for sciencemag.org. The senior administration official noted that one concern is protecting data privacy. 4) Workforce.Artificial intelligence (AI) has become a defining issue of our time, affecting national security, economic development, human rights, and social media—for better and worse. Source: sciencemag.org

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a “sophisticated” hack attack that could be the work of a foreign government

“National security agencies are continuing to scour the Parliament’s computer network for threats to MPs’ data after what is being described as a “sophisticated” hack attack that could be the work of a foreign government” writes Chris Uhlmann for smh.com.au. Alastair MacGibbon, head of the Australian Cyber Security Centre, said the government’s cyber experts would work over coming days and weeks to make sure all the breaches had been detected and the hackers’ presence removed.The hacking comes just three months ahead of the federal election, prompting fears that if MPs…

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Feds vs illegal drones: The game within the game at Super Bowl LIII

“Federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies are ready to take down any unauthorized drones that are caught buzzing around the Mercedes-Benz Stadium during the Super Bowl Sunday night” reports washingtonexaminer.com. Morabe said federal, state, and local agencies were also invited to attend and observe how their products handled various scenarios, in preparation for Sunday’s game. Source: washingtonexaminer.com

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