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German Nuclear Plant Found To Be Infested With Old Malware
A German nuclear power plant  a mere 75 miles away from the city of Munich was apparently found to be ridden with old malware including file stealing bot-ware and remote access Trojans. The malware was found to be present on the min computer system responsible for monitoring the power... Read more
Sick? Apple’s Got An App For That.
If there’s one universal truth about healthcare, it’s that there’s simply not enough access to it, at least not affordable access. So it’s no wonder that services like the video chat-based Doctor On Demand have cropped up, as well as hundreds of apps aimed at helping patients with every... Read more
FBI Will Not Reveal How It Got Into iPhone
In one of the most high-profile “make the government look inept” cases in recent history, the FBI managed to break into a suspect’s iPhone. Correction: the FBI managed to scrape together enough money to pay a foreign firm to break into the phone. Now, after spending a reported $1.4... Read more
Ashley Madison Plaintiffs Have To Use Real Names, Judge Rules
Victims of the Ashley Madison hacking scandal from last year have been told by a US judge they can’t sue the parent company of the extramarital affair website anonymously. If they want to proceed, they must reveal who they are… Yes, that’s right, the lawsuits have started, and as... Read more
Apple To Reveal New OS Info On June 13th
Apple is set to reveal the newest version of iOS and possibly also a renamed, re-branded and upgraded version of OS X,  the tech giant has revealed. In a nice twist to standard tech company announcements however, the news was unveiled by Apple’s digital assistant, Siri. Whether Apple intentionally... Read more
Microsoft OneDrive Storage Gets Smaller
Microsoft is cutting its OneDrive customers off, dropping the free storage amount from 15GB to just 5GB. It’s been a pretty rough patch for Microsoft as of late, at least where consumer happiness is concerned. Following on the heels of several Windows 10 fiascos, the customer service department is... Read more
FileHippo Smashes The 3,000,000,000 Download Barrier
Yep, that’s right, FileHippo passed a very significant milestone recently. Last month we officially passed the 3 billion download mark, and if you don’t mind us saying, we do feel quite proud of that figure. Where It All Began was started by two software enthusiasts in 2004. We’re really proud of... Read more
Hackers Breach SWIFT Banking Software, Steal $81M
In typical data breaches, hackers work their way in, get what they’re after, and then head for the internet hills, occasionally stopping to brag about their exploits on some dark web forum after they’re done. But for last month’s data breach that resulted in hackers making off with $81... Read more
Chrome Plugin, Focusbook, Helps You Avoid Social Media Drain
A new Chrome plugin helps you fight the urge to waste time on Facebook. We’ve all been there: “I gotta look up that guy’s phone number from my Facebook messages for this report.” Three hours and eighty-two cat videos later–along with a heated argument over the new Star Wars... Read more
Project Management Software Trello Crowdsources Its Way To 20 Languages
Project management software, Trello, has now gone that bit more global by officially announcing it is now available for use in 20 languages around the world. You could be mistaken when you look at the official Trello Blog post for thinking the real news is that their cartoon husky Taco... Read more
International SpyEye Bank Hackers Receive Lengthy Jail Sentences
A federal court judge has sentenced the SpyEye malware creators to almost 30 years behind bars for their crimes. The pair of cybercriminals were found guilty of developing the software and distributing the resulting malware to anyone willing to pay for it. They were also found guilty of using... Read more
Dip vs Swipe: Chip Credit Cards Get Software Update
In an effort to combat identity theft, financial fraud, and other related crimes, the US has begun moving towards the EMV chip system for credit card payments that Europe has had in place for nearly a decade. The new cards have already begun to replace old magnetic stripe cards,... Read more
Chrome Ends Support For Windows XP And Vista
Well it had to happen eventually. But last week Google officially announced that support for its Chrome browser on older (legacy) operating systems has finally happened. The news came the day after Google rolled out the latest version of the browser, Chrome 50, with the following blog post: “Today,... Read more
VW’s Emissions Cheating Software Is Nothing New
The technology and transportation industries were rocked last fall when German automaker Volkswagen–parent company to several auto brands, including Audi, Porsche, Skoda and Seat–was caught using proprietary software that would “turn off” the emissions standards on their diesel models if the vehicle’s system detected an electronic test. That essentially... Read more
Apple Ceases Updates To QuickTime For Windows
The Zero Day Initiative, a group whose function is to seek out brand-new vulnerabilities in software and report those back to the publisher, announced an alarming find last week. ZDI uncovered two security flaws in Apple’s QuickTime software, then reported those to Apple. The resulting response was something along... Read more
Viber Latest Messaging Platform To Add Encryption
Viber has followed WhatsApp example and is the latest messaging platform to add end-to-end encryption for its users. If the FBI’s debacle involving an iPhone 5 has shown us anything, it’s the tech users do value their privacy. The resentment surrounding the court case to compel Apple to create... Read more
US Supreme Court Rules in Google’s Favor After Decade+ Legal Fight With Authors
On Monday, the US Supreme Court on Monday decided not to hear a challenge from the Authors Guild and other prominent writers who claimed that Google’s digital scanning of their work was in effect a mass copyright issue and intrinsically unfair. In a brief written explanation, the current justices decreed... Read more
WhatsApp Switches On Encryption For A Billion Users
WhatsApp Just Switched on Encryption for a Billion People…. As any regular reader of our news section here at FileHippo can’t but have failed to have noticed over the last 6 weeks, the ongoing legal feud between Apple and the FBI has been an omnipresent story that for a... Read more