Queen’s University Belfast: Centre for Secure Information Technologies  in the Northern Ireland Science Park is the UK’s largest university centre for cyber-security research. Photograph: Alan Betson

A Belfast-based start-up which has developed cyber-intelligence monitoring software has won a breakthrough contract with the US government.Details of (...)

The campaigners are demanding that Facebook suspend data collection they say violate EU privacy law. Photograph: Karen Bleier/Getty

An Austrian privacy group’s battle against Facebook goes into the next round in April with the first hearing on a privacy complaint against the social(...)

 In the first State of the Union address after the September 2001 attacks on the US, President George W  Bush branded Iraq, Iran and North Korea as “an axis of evil”, adding that “by seeking weapons of mass destruction, these regimes pose a grave and growing danger”. These words later haunted Republicans after Bush was found to have invaded Iraq on a false premise. File photograph:  Win McNamee/Reuters 2:12

The annual State of the Union speech to the joint session of Congress gives the US president an opportunity to underscore past policy achievements and(...)

Shire’s  offices at Citywest Business Campus, Dublin: the Footsie 100 Shire group is looking to build its pipeline of standalone speciality drugs. Photograph: Aidan Crawley/Bloomberg

Shire, the Irish-headquartered drugmaker, has made its biggest ever acquisition with a $5.2 billion deal for US biotechnology company NPS Pharmaceutic(...)

Buckingham Palace has denied allegations by a woman who said in Florida court documents that she was forced as a minor to have sex with Britain’s Prince Andrew and other high-profile figures linked to a wealthy US businessman.   File Photograph: Ian Gavan/Getty Images

Buckingham Palace has denied allegations by a woman who said in Florida court documents that she was forced as a minor to have sex with Britain’s Prin(...)

Microsoft is appealing a court order to hand over emails held on an Irish server. Photograph: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images

In a rare legal move, the Irish Government contributed a supporting legal brief in a significant US case, in which Microsoft is appealing a court ord(...)

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un looking at a computer screen  with soldiers. A cyber attack on Sony Pictures was followed by physical threats against cinemas set to show ‘The Interview’, in which  Mr Jong Un is the target of an assassination plot. Photograph: EPA/KCNA 1:18

Controversial comedy The Interview will be released on Christmas Day, reversing an earlier move by Sony to pull the film following a massive hack of t(...)

A file image of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. The country is reportedly experiencing serious internet problems amid a row with the US over a hacking incident, with experts saying that online access is ‘totally down’. Photograph: KCNA/Reuters. 1:10

North Korea is experiencing serious internet problems, with experts saying that online access is “totally down”.It is not immediately clear if the int(...)

American plane  at Shannon: Dermot Ahern, minister  for foreign affairs from 2004 to 2008, said Ireland was one of the first countries to raise concerns with the Americans about whether Shannon was  used as a refuelling stop by CIA-leased aircraft to transfer al-Qaeda suspects and other detainees around secret prisons in eastern Europe and Asia and to Guantánamo. Photograph: James Horan/Press 22

The government received assurances directly from US president George W Bush and his national security adviser Condoleeza Rice that Shannon Airport was(...)

Microsoft’s general counsel Brad Smith: “Ultimately it’s about trust.”

Some of the world’s largest technology companies, including Apple and Amazon are supporting Microsoft in a dispute with the US Government over access (...)