DarkSide is the most prominent group in the fast-professionalising industry dubbed ransomware-as-a-service.

The misspelt scam email, the clumsy phishing attack, the gaudy pop-up virus threat. All these I can resist. Cybercriminals have developed an altogethe(...)

US president Joe Biden. Photograph: Brendan Smialowski/AFP via Getty

Imagine the messages in the self-congratulatory, encrypted WhatsApp group of the bankers, football club owners, lawyers and their key management on Su(...)

Tony Smurfit: “I was lucky. Things just opened at the right time. It wasn’t planned.” Photograph: Alan Betson

It’s three years since cardboard box-maker Smurfit Kappa received a St Valentine’s Day overture of the most unwelcome kind from US rival International(...)

Share prices on Wall Street rose, but CEOs found themselves having to manage trade wars. Photograph: Epa/Justin Lane

To put it in terms a Twitter-happy US president would understand, it has been more subtweet than tweetstorm. In recent days, leading US industry ass(...)

People celebrate at Plaza Italia square after a national referendum vote in Santiago, Chile, on Sunday. Photograph: Cristobal Olivares/Bloomberg

Voters in Chile have approved by an overwhelming majority a proposal to ditch the country’s Pinochet-era constitution in favour of a new charter to be(...)

Popular resistance to a repetition of the public spending cuts that came after the financial crisis will be intense. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

The pandemic has been likened to a war, though one against a disease, not other humans. Like a war, it is reshaping economies and demanding huge incre(...)

So what should we do?  The Central Bank of Ireland should print money and deposit free cash into every citizen’s account and every business account. Photograph: Tom Honan

We are in a crisis. The health panic will be followed by an economic panic. People will stop going out, stop shopping and dramatically reduce spending(...)

Milton Friedman used the analogy of dropping bank notes from a helicopter  to illustrate how creating money and distributing it to people would be a more straightforward means of boosting consumption. Photograph: Getty Images

Picture a world in which the European Central Bank (ECB) gives Ireland enough money to house every homeless family in the State, or to fund a new chil(...)

Ivanka Trump, senior adviser to US president Donald Trump and Wilbur Ross, US commerce secretary, at Davos.

Trade tensions, climate change, rising populism and questions about the future of capitalism are all weighing on the outlook for global business, acco(...)

BlackRock founder Larry Fink said companies must ‘demonstrate their commitment to the countries, regions, and communities where they operate’ and that ‘purpose is not the sole pursuit of profits’.  Photograph: Michael Cohen/Getty Images

For decades, American companies took it as read that their purpose was simple: to make as much money as possible for their shareholders. That has now(...)

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