AppDirect Acquires Foremost Canadian Cloud Know-how Supplier,

SAN FRANCISCO & MONTREAL–()–AppDirect®, the primary membership commerce platform organization, now introduced that it has obtained, 1 of Canada’s preeminent cloud technologies vendors. With this acquisition, AppDirect expands the geographical footprint in Canada of its AppSmart business, which is centered on encouraging simplify how channel partners and businesses come across, invest in and regulate technology, and gains complete stop-to-finish Microsoft capabilities. By joining AppDirect, will be equipped to drastically scale its current company and develop the portfolio of alternatives it delivers by accessing far more than 600 major SaaS know-how and telecommunications sellers in the AppSmart catalog.

Launched in 2005 as an online backup and restoration business, nowadays supplies a wide portfolio of cloud methods for a lot more than 1,200 technology companions that provide thousands of leading enterprise prospects across Canada. will now be in a position to enhance and increase its well-liked digital husband or wife portal with new marketplace-first capabilities run by the AppSmart Marketplace. The AppSmart Market offers partners accessibility to a wide portfolio of technologies and small business remedies, as effectively as a established of highly effective management resources to assist them handle and grow their small business. Additionally, associates can extend AppSmart’s identification management, application management and knowledge visualization applications right to their enterprise clients to support them find and regulate all of their technologies in 1 position.

AppDirect has a extended-standing determination and presence in Canada and the addition of represents an important action to bring even extra capabilities to its partners. In excess of the class of its history, has attained recognition as a prime Microsoft Partner and provides that deep know-how to AppSmart advisors and conclusion-people. Combining’s Microsoft Azure and Company 365 expertise with AppSmart’s Dynamics 365 abilities will give and AppSmart Advisors obtain to finish-to-conclusion Microsoft Cloud capabilities.

“I’m thrilled to welcome to the AppDirect family members, which will enable us to jointly improve the options and products and services delivers to its technology associates in Canada,” reported Renée Bergeron, senior vice-president and standard manager AppSmart. “I’m also thrilled that as section of the acquisition, we will be onboarding the phenomenal group that created into what it is currently.”

“We believe our companions will drastically reward from this new relationship by combining AppDirect’s strong world wide market depth and management with our interactions and knowledge in serving to our partners digitally rework their shoppers,” stated Mirco Cristoni, president, “Our associates will have access to additional expert services, answers and resources to increase their small business, when taking pleasure in the identical relationships at that they have had for the earlier 17 years.”

As component of the acquisition, AppDirect will onboard the current leadership staff of and empower the groups to supply more methods with around 1,000 goods currently offered from AppSmart.


AppDirect offers a subscription commerce system that removes the complexity of setting up a recurring business product. Market any item,


FBI raids Chinese sales equipment supplier: report

U.S. federal investigators raided the Florida offices of a Chinese point-of-sale device provider that reportedly facilitated cyberattacks on American and European entities. 

This week FBI agents descended on the Jacksonville offices of Shenzhen, China-based PAX Technology, which provides point of sale (POS) hardware and software to companies worldwide. 

POS systems are used everywhere from big box retailers to gas stations to coffee shops for processing customer payments.   

The seal of the Federal Bureau of Investigation hangs on the outside of the bureau’s Edgar J. Hoover Building in May 2017 in Washington, D.C. Recently, the FBI raided the Florida offices of a Chinese sales equipment supplier. (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images / Getty Images)


The news was originally reported by WOKV, a local Jacksonville news outlet.  

Cybersecurity news site KrebsOnSecurity said the raid is tied to reports that PAX’s systems may have been involved in cyberattacks on U.S. and EU organizations. 

Recently, the FBI raided the offices of a Chinese sales equipment supplier, PAX Technology, which a cybersecurity news site reported may have been involved in cyberattacks.  (Jakub Porzycki/NurPhoto via Getty Images / Getty Images)

The FBI began investigating PAX “after a major U.S. payment processor started asking questions about unusual network packets originating from the company’s payment terminals,” KrebsOnSecurity said, based on information from a “trusted source.” 

“The payment processor found that the PAX terminals were being used both as a malware ‘dropper’ — a repository for malicious files — and as ‘command-and-control’ locations for staging attacks and collecting information,” the cybersecurity news site said. 


The FBI Jacksonville Office provided a statement about the recent raid of the Florida offices of a Chinese sales equipment supplier. (Google Maps)

The FBI Jacksonville office provided the following statement to FOX Business: “The FBI Jacksonville Division, in partnership with Homeland Security Investigations, Customs and Border Protection, Department of Commerce, and Naval Criminal Investigative Services, and with the support of the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office, executed a court-authorized search in furtherance of a federal investigation (Tuesday, 10/26). The investigation remains active and ongoing and no additional information can be confirmed at this time.”

The FBI is providing no more information other than saying it conducted searches of three facilities in Jacksonville, according to Amanda Videll, public affairs officer at FBI Jacksonville. 

“On Tuesday, October 26, 2021, PAX Technology, Inc. in the United States was subject to an unexpected visit from the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and other government agencies relating to an apparent investigation,” a PAX Technology spokesperson told FOX Business. 

“PAX Technology is not aware of any illegal conduct by it or its employees and is in the process of engaging counsel to assist in learning more about the events that led to the investigation,” the spokesperson said, adding that the company is “aware of media reports regarding the security of PAX Technology’s devices and services [and] PAX Technology