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Posts made in March, 2017

E.P.A. Accidentally Issues Press Release Slamming Trump’s Climate Policy

By on Mar 31, 2017 in Press Release | 0 comments

Two days after President Donald Trump signed an executive order rolling back Barack Obama’s Climate Action Plan, easing fracking restrictions and reversing the previous administration’s efforts to shrink America’s carbon footprint, the Environmental Protection Agency sent out a press release intended to congratulate the president for his bold leadership. The agency included quotes from groups like the American Coalition for Clean Coal Electricity, the Chamber of Commerce, and the American Petroleum Institute, all of whom heaped praise on Trump. But the e-mail also contained an unexpected message—one attributed to West Virginia Republican senator Shelley Moore Capito, a longtime supporter of the coal industry in her home state. “President Trump has chosen to recklessly bury his head in the sand,” the quote attributed to Capito read. “Walking away from the Clean Power Plan and other climate initiatives, including critical resiliency projects is not just irresponsible— it’s irrational.” It continued: “With the world watching, President Trump and Administrator Pruitt have chosen to shirk our responsibility, disregard clear science and undo the significant progress our country has made to ensure we leave a better, more sustainable planet for generations to come.” There were three apparent problems with the quote, which was featured prominently atop the E.P.A.’s press release. First, it wasn’t exactly a ringing endorsement of Trump’s executive order. Second, the release misspelled the senator’s first name. And third, Capito never actually said any of that. The E.P.A. accidentally attributed the quote to Capito, when it had actually come from Democratic senator Tom Carper of Delaware, the Democrat leading the Environment and Public Works Committee. Oops. In reality, Capito’s statement praised Trump for signing the executive order: “If fully implemented, the Clean Power Plan would have completely decimated West Virginia’s vital coal industry while having no meaningful climate impact,” Moore said. “I was honored to join the president for the signing of this Executive Order, and I look forward to continuing working with the Trump administration to advance environmentally responsible policies that grow the economy—not kill jobs.” The misattribution, the E.P.A. said, was the result of human error. “An internal draft was mistakenly sent with a quote that belonged to Senator Carper but was wrongly attributed to Senator Capito, whom we originally...

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PRESS RELEASE: Dolphins Sign McDonald

By on Mar 31, 2017 in Press Release | 0 comments

The Miami Dolphins today announced they have signed safety T.J. McDonald as an unrestricted free agent from the Los Angeles Rams. McDonald has played four NFL seasons, all with the Rams, and started 53 games. He has career totals of 281 tackles (216 solo), five sacks, four interceptions, 17 passes defensed, one forced fumble and two fumble recoveries. McDonald all 16 games in 2016 and posted 62 tackles (49 solo), one sack, two interceptions and six passes defensed. His two interceptions were a career high and his six passes defensed matched a career high. McDonald originally entered the NFL as a third-round pick (71st overall) by the Rams in the 2013 NFL...

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EPA issues press release using a Democrat’s quote blasting Trump’s climate actions

By on Mar 30, 2017 in Press Release | 0 comments

The Environmental Protection Agency on Thursday sent out a press release touting praise for President Trump’s rollback of Obama-era climate-change regulations this week — but the agency accidentally led the email with a blistering quote from a Democratic critic. The press release includes a quote from Sen. Tom Carper, Delaware Democrat and ranking member on the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, wrongly attributed to Sen. Shelley Moore Capito, a West Virginia Republican. The email, titled “What They Are Saying About President Trump’s Executive Order on Energy Independence,” opens with a complete and total takedown of that order. “With this executive order, President Trump has chosen to recklessly bury his head in the sand. Walking away from the Clean Power Plan and other climate initiatives, including critical resiliency projects is not just irresponsible — it’s irrational,” reads the quote by Mr. Carper but listed as coming from Ms. Capito. Today’s executive order calls into question America’s credibility and our commitment to tackling the greatest environmental challenge of our lifetime,” it continues. “With the world watching, President Trump and [EPA] Administrator [Scott] Pruitt have chosen to shirk our responsibility, disregard clear science and undo the significant progress our country has made to ensure we leave a better, more sustainable planet for generations to come.” The agency quickly sent out a revised press release correcting the embarrassing error. Copyright © 2017 The Washington Times, LLC. Click here for reprint permission. Please enable JavaScript to view the comments powered by Disqus.blog comments powered by Disqus...

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Press Release: XCOINS.IO Expands Its Team to Combat Social Engineering Fraud

By on Mar 29, 2017 in Press Release | 0 comments

US, March 28, 2017 at 12:22 BST Santa Monica, CA, March 27, 2017 – xCoins.io expands the fraud protection and customer support teams, moves to new offices in Santa Monica, CA, the former Google’s office building in Silicon Beach. xCoins.io, a peer-to-peer marketplace, provides users quick access to bitcoin, which is faster and more convenient than the typical cryptocurrency exchanges. The system was designed from the ground up to automate most of the processes. Instead of manually sifting through offers, a user in need of bitcoin can simply enter the required amount, and xCoins.io will automatically find the best offer. The user can then make a payment and receive bitcoin instantly. There is no wait for the other party to perform verification or to release bitcoin. But, the company goes one step further than simply connecting users who need bitcoin with potential bitcoin providers. xCoins.io also performs fraud screening and customer support for all of the transactions placed through its web portal. Similarly to the marketplace automation, xCoins.io performs various automated fraud checks for each transaction to protect its customers. However, even the most sophisticated automated fraud defenses are vulnerable to social engineering attacks, where the user is tricked by a scammer into willingly giving away his or her personal information. Interpol identifies social engineering fraud as one of the fastest growing fraud trends. Combined data collected by international law enforcement agencies indicate that losses from social engineering fraud exceeded $1.2 billion in 2016 worldwide. A typical social engineering attack would begin with an unknown person calling a victim at home and posing as an employee of a well-known company, such as Facebook or Best Buy. The scammer would then inform the victim that the latter had some problem with his or her computer or Facebook account, and convince the victim that it needs to be repaired. In the process of “fixing” the computer or account, the imposter would say that a payment had to be made at the xCoins.io website. The unsuspecting victim would pass all the verification steps as instructed by the scammer and make the payment to receive bitcoin. And as expected, the scammer would then withdraw that bitcoin into his wallet. Bitcoin exchanges that offer...

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