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Swamy slams Attorney General for Uttarakhand fiasco
New Delhi : BJP leader Subramanian Swamy on Thursday slammed Attorney General Mukul Rohatgi and Solicitor General Ranjit Kumar after the Uttarakhand High Court axed the President's Rule in the state.
 
"Time to get a new Attorney General (AG) and Solicitor General (SG) for the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government," Swamy tweeted.
 
"With a new AG and SG we can win the Uttarakhand case. We had kept these two out of Arunachal and won." 
 
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India still lucrative destination for cyber criminals: Report
Bengaluru : Although India has seen a steady decrease in the amount of spam originating from its land, it continues to rank as the third top source of overall malicious activity, including malware, phishing hosts and bots, a new report said on Thursday.
 
According to Symantec, global leader in cybersecurity, after ranking sixth in 2014, India now ranks 18th as a source of spam. 
 
However, the country continues to be a top source as well as destination of cyber attacks, said Symantec's "Internet Security Threat Report". 
 
"The report reveals just how lucrative India is for cybercriminals," Tarun Kaura, Symantec director, solution product management for Asia Pacific and Japan, said in a statement.
 
"In fact, India is the second most favoured destination for Ransomware in Asia with the average number of attacks per day increasing 114 percent to 15 attacks per hour. Almost 10 percent of these attacks were crypto-ransomware posing a threat to consumers and enterprises alike," Kaura added. 
 
November was the busiest month for cybercriminals in India last year, and across the globe an average of 2.5 targeted attacks per day were being aimed at the Indian enterprises in the month.
 
Last year, India witnessed a 156 percent increase in the percentage of social media scams. Every sixth scam impacted an Indian, making it the most targeted country in Asia and second in the world. 
 
The report also mentioned that new professional cybercriminals are extending the reach of enterprise and consumer threats and fuelling the growth of online crime. 
 
"Advanced criminal attack groups now echo the skill sets of nation-state attackers. They have extensive resources and a highly-skilled technical staff that operate with such efficiency that they maintain normal business hours and even take the weekends and holidays off," Kaura noted.
 
"We are even seeing low-level criminal attackers create call centre operations to increase the impact of their scams," added. 
 
The report added that globally, one new zero-day vulnerability is discovered on an average every week in 2015 -- that is 54. This is 125 percent increase from the year before. 
 
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High Court axes President's Rule in Uttarakhand
Dehradun : In a major blow to the central government, the Uttarakhand High Court on Thursday set aside President's Rule imposed in the hill state last month.
 
After two consecutive days of hearing on a matter filed by ousted Congress chief minister Harish Rawat, the court said the proclamation of central rule in the state stood null and void.
 
The court said central rule should be clamped in a state as a last resort, suggesting this did not happen in Uttarakhand. It fixed April 29 for a floor test in the state assembly.
 
The ruling triggered noisy celebrations outside Rawat's residence by Congress leaders and activists who shouted slogans against the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). 
 
Congress leader and former Uttarakhand finance minister Indira Hridayesh said her party "saluted the judiciary for upholding truth and law". 
 
"It is a victory for democracy," the Congress said. 
 
Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal also hailed the court decision.
 
"This is a huge embarrassment to the (Narendra) Modi government. He should stop interfering with elected governments and respect democracy," the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leader tweeted.
 
President's Rule was imposed in Uttarakhand on March 27 after nine Congress legislators defected, depriving majority support in the assembly to the Rawat government.
 
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