A study conducted by cloud security vendor Zscaler found there was a 700% increase in IoT-specific malware attacks in December 2020 compared with the pre-pandemic period.
Internet payments software provider Stripe has raised $733 million (US$600m) with completion of a funding round, with the capital to be used for investment in its European operations and to expand its Global Payments and Treasury Network to support what it says is “surging demand” from enterprise heavyweights.
Irish smart grid technology firm VIOTAS has set up operations in Melbourne to sell its demand response services to commercial and industrial electricity consumers in Australia.
Premier aircraft leasing asset manager SKY Leasing has been hit by a gang of cyber criminals using the Windows Avaddon ransomware and the attackers have leaked 20 files of the company's data on the dark web.
Shipments of traditional PCs — notebooks, desktops and workstations — in Europe, the Middle East and Africa will come to 82.7 million units this year, a 12.7% increase year-on-year, the technology analyst firm IDC says, adding that with the effect of the pandemic not expected to lessen in any way, the demand for devices that could be used for working from home would be strong through 2020 and into the first half of 2021.
Ransomware gangs appear to have added another tool to their arsenal in order to extort ransoms from their victims, with some using distributed denial of service attacks to pile on the pressure.
Four years and nine releases on, the Google Pixel has yet to make an impression on the market as far as sales go; it is always buried in the category of "Others" in those lists of shipments released for various global regions by different technology analyst companies.
Apple has gained a win over the European Union with a high court in the political bloc ruling on Wednesday that the Cupertino-based outfit did not have to pay €13 billion (A$21 billion) in back taxes as demanded.
Payment provider Mastercard has begun technical preparations for global expansion of the Click to Play online checkout, along with American Express, Discover and Visa.
Swedish equipment manufacturer Ericsson and British telecommunications provider BT have signed a deal to deploy Ericsson’s dual-mode evolved packet core and 5G core - a fully container-based, cloud native mobile packet core for 4G, 5G non-standalone and 5G standalone services - as a single fully integrated core.
Irish IT managed services company Evros has chosen New Zealand for a new global operations centre it says will allow delivery of “highly-skilled” IT support and security services to clients around the globe on a 24/7 basis.
Business intelligence and data visualisation firm Qlik has developed a Web application for rugby fans to follow the progress of the teams they support at the ongoing Rugby World Cup and also look back at historical data when needed.
Software behemoth Microsoft has challenged an order from a US federal judge that prevents it from telling one of its big corporate customers that the Federal Government has issued a warrant to gain access to the customer's data.
Search giant Google has reached a settlement with France and will pay about €965 million (US$1.07 billion, A$1.55 billion) to settle a fiscal fraud probe that has been going on for the last four years.
More than $10 million in new contracts in Australia have been announced as part of a trade mission from Ireland, including 71 Irish companies from the fintech, medtech, high-tech construction, agritech, emerging technologies and ICT sectors.
The European Commission, the executive arm of the European Union, has said it will drop a case against Ireland, filed in the wake of its imposition of a back-taxes bill of €13.1 billion (US$17.6 billion) on Apple two years ago, after the Cupertino-based company paid its dues.
Microsoft's provision of cloud services in Germany through T-Systems, a subsidiary of Deutsche Telekom, that will act as a data trustee, appears to be over, with the software firm announcing that it would now “deliver cloud services from new data centres in Germany” to “meet evolving customer needs”.
American multinational technology companies paid $616 million in tax during the last year, a total of $380 million more than the previous year, after new tax-avoidance laws were put in place.
Apple has paid the first instalment of a fine levied by the European Union for alleged tax evasion, depositing €1.5 billion (US$1.76 billion) into an escrow account set up for the purpose.
Microsoft may finally have to hand over emails stored on a server in Ireland, after the US Supreme Court ended a four-year-old case between the company and the Department of Justice, declaring it was moot due to a new law about access to digital material stored abroad by US technology firms.
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