Four days after the ransomware attack, the Irish health system is still struggling to return to full functionality. Thousands of diagnostic appointments, cancer treatments, and surgeries have been canceled. Russian-speaking group named Conti has demanded a ransom of $20 mn and threatened to start selling private data soon if the demands are not met. The hospital telephones are also out of service, as the hospital is assessing its 2,000 IT-patient facings.
Ireland headquartered in Johnson Controls has appointed Vijay Sankaran as their new CTO. Sankaran is a veteran in technology, carrying two decades of experience by working with companies across the globe like Ford motor, TD Ameritrade. He had led a team of 2,000 as CIO at TD Ameritrade. In his new role, he will be working on boosting product software engineering, development, and expanding customer solutions through the OpenBlue digital platform.
TikTok is planning to set up its first European data centre in Ireland. It has promised to create employment, improve users’ data security and reduce loading time for European users. This investment of $500M “signals our long-term commitment to Ireland”, said the firm. ByteDance’s TikTok has been accused of threatening national security in the US and India. Hence, this move comes as an effort to prove its innocence regarding its data sharing/storing practices.