Data breaches up
A new report from Symantec says that the number of data breaches rose by 62pc in 2013, resulting in more than 552 million identities exposed.
The report also claimed a 500pc increase in so-called ransomware, a scam that locks people's computers, forcing them to pay a fee to have their device unlocked. The report identified hackers were responsible for the largest number of identities exposed, with 35pc of the incidents and 76pc of the identities exposed in data breach incidents during 2013.
BITZBUZZ 1M LOGINS
Wi-fi operator Bitbuzz reported 1m logins across Ireland and the UK in March, which it says is its busiest to date and an 82pc year-on-year increase.
THE 2014 Bord Gáis Energy Social Media Awards (#Sockies) will take place on Thursday June 5 at the Bord Gáis Energy Theatre in Dublin. Entries should be submitted before 5pm on Friday April 18 at www.socialmediawards.com.
PAY STAFF VIA BITCOIN
Dublin-based electronics firm GSM Solutions is now paying its staff in the virtual currency Bitcoin. "We set salaries in euros, so that the euro amount they get each pay period does not fluctuate with the price of bitcoin," said the company's managing director Alan Donohoe, below. GSM Solutions recently became the first business in Ireland to host a bitcoin ATM.
NEW INNOVATION CIO
UCD's Innovation Academy has appointed Dr Johnny Ryan as executive director. Dr Ryan was until recently chief innovation officer of 'The Irish Times'.
SOFTWARE DEAL SIGNED
Spanish Point Technologies has signed a deal to deliver Microsoft software to the Irish defence forces.
The company, which said the deal is "one of the biggest of its kind in Europe", declined to divulge the value of the transaction.
THE founders of car parts website MicksGarage.com are to host an e-commerce class on April 15, giving examples of how to build and run an online business. Details at www.insideecommerce.ie.