Microsoft detects hacking activity from Strontum targeting democratic institutions

Microsoft will expand its cyber security service AccountGuard to 12 new markets in Europe including France, Germany, and Spain to safeguard from such hacking attacks. On Wednesday, Microsoft Corp disclosed it had chanced upon hacking activity that targets democratic institutions, non-profit organizations and think tanks in Europe and plans on offering a cyber security service…

Cyber security provider Palo Alta to acquire Demisto Inc for $560 million

Demisto develops and markets automation tools for information security management, including a chatbot that assists in handling tasks. Palo Alto Networks Inc, a cyber security company stated it would be acquiring Demisto Inc, a U.S.-Israeli information security firm for $560 million using cash and stock. Founded in 2015 by four McAfee executives, Demisto develops and…

Germany and France present joint manifesto on industrial policy

The aim is to provide a supporting hand to local manufacturing and boost their growth, including the production of cells for electric vehicles. In a significant development, France and Germany agreed on a joint manifesto for a new industrial policy in Europe to help support local companies to better compete with rivals, including foreign ones,…

New Zealand will independently asses risk of using Huawei’s 5G equipment

Dismissing reports that New Zealand will adopt Britain’s approach, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern stated, Wellington would independently assess the risk of using China’s Huawei Technologies in its 5G networks. On Monday, New Zealand’s Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern stated, Wellington would independently assess the risk of using China’s Huawei Technologies in its 5G networks. The development…

SoftBank Group invests $400 million in Abu Dhabi’s Mubadala Investment Co

Abu Dhabi’s state-owned Mubadala Investment Co is aiming to invest between $5 million and $30 million in European startups. On Monday, as per a report from the Financial Times, Japan’s SoftBank Group has provided nearly 50% of the cash for the new $400 million fund by Abu Dhabi’s state-owned Mubadala Investment Co. Mubadala Investment Co,…

New Zealand looking at introducing Digital Service Tax

The development is in line with those of other countries who are aiming to bring large multinational companies within the ambit of their tax net. On Monday, in a significant development, New Zealand disclosed it aims to update its laws in order to tax the earnings of multinational tech companies, including Facebook, Amazon.com, Google. The…