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UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson hails ‘new dawn’ after historic election victory



London: UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Friday said that he would work “night and day” to repay the trust of voters after he led the ruling Conservatives to a “historic” general election victory.

With just two seats left to declare, the Conservatives have a majority of 76, reports the BBC.

In a victory speech in London, Johnson said: “We will get Brexit done on time by January 31, no ifs, no buts, not maybe.”

He told his supporters “we did it” and it was a “new dawn” for the country – echoing comments former Prime Minister Tony Blair made when he won power in 1997.

He thanked Labour voters, many of whom, he said, had backed the Conservatives for the first time, saying he would lead a “people’s government” and fulfil the “sacred trust” placed in him.

“You may intend to return to Labour next time round, and if that is the case, I am humbled that you have put your trust in me, and I will never take your support for granted.

“I will make it my mission to work night and day, flat out to prove that you were right in voting for me this time, and to earn your support in the future,” he said.

“And I say to you that in this election your voice has been heard, and about time too. The people want change…we cannot and we must not let them down.”

The BBC forecast suggests the Conservatives will get 364 MPs, Labour 203, Scottish National Party (SNP) 48, Liberal Democrats 12, Plaid Cymru four, Greens one, and the Brexit Party none.

That means the Conservatives will have their biggest majority at Westminster since Margaret Thatcher’s 1987 election victory.

Labour, which has lost seats across the North, Midlands and Wales in places which backed Brexit in 2016, is facing its worst defeat since 1935; while Jo Swinson has quit as Liberal Democrat leader after losing her seat to the SNP.

The turnout during the election on Thursday hovered at 67 per cent of the 47.59 million registered voters who had been called to the ballot box, 1.6 per cent less than in the 2017 general election.


Cyber attack on NIC computers, email traced to Bengaluru



Cyber attack on the National Informatics Center (NIC), the largest data agency of India. Special Cell of Delhi Police has registered a case and started investigation in connection with this attack. NIC employees were cheated via email from an American firm.According to the police sources, over 100 computers containing important data related to the national security and the VVIPs like Prime Minister Narendra Modi were compromised following the security breach.

A major security breach was recorded at the National Informatics Center (NIC), Delhi which manages the security of the country’s critical cyber infrastructure and the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology. According to police sources, over 100 computers containing important data related to the national security and the VVIPs like Prime Minister Narendra Modi were compromised following the security breach. The NIC falls under the MeitY(Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology, Government of India), which manages the information and communications technology (ICT) for the government, implements the national and state level e-governance projects, offers consultancy services to various departments of government, conducts development, research and capacity building.

The computers also contained critical data with respect to National Security Advisor Ajit Doval, Home Minster, senior government officials, and Indian citizens among others. An investigation was started in early September following which a case was registered by the special cell of the Delhi Police under the Information Technology (IT) Act as soon after the attack took place. The investigation led them to a Bengaluru firm from where the bug originated. The complaint stated that a MeitY employee was not able to access his email and something was wrong following which the police found out that computers of several others were also hacked into. Through initial findings, they observed emails suspected to be a malware attack sent to these systems. When the users clicked on the link attached to the email, the systems were facing troubles.

According to sources, the harmful email (email IP address) originated from a US-based company based in Bengaluru. The breach incident has come up soon after allegations against a Chinese company, Zhenhua Data Information for conducting covert surveillance on Indian citizens including the President, Vice-President, Prime Minister and the Army Chiefs. However, an expert committee has been formed by the government under the National Cyber Security Coordinator to investigate the allegations and the report will be submitted within 30 days. When asked about China being involved in hacking these systems, The Print quoted a source as saying, “In the current scenario, it is a possibility which we will be looking into. We have registered a case and are investigating the same.” “It’s definitely a security breach and we are looking at all angles,” the source said.


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