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Russian Linked With LinkedIn Hack Named
29-year-old man’s arrest linked to 2012 professional social network security breach that saw over 150,000,000 user’s details being stolen. A Russian man has been charged with hacking and stealing information from computers at LinkedIn and other San Francisco Bay Area companies The US attorney’s office in San Francisco has announced that... Read more
BleachBit’s Role In The Future Of The US
As the US Presidential election looms ever closer, the nation is firmly divided on the issue of the candidates. Not the candidates’ issues, mind you, but on the people themselves, the ones who are running for the highest office in the country. And whether we like it or not,... Read more
Yahoo Secretly Scanned User Emails For US Government
According to a news report from Reuters, Yahoo last year designed custom software that searched all of its customers’ incoming emails for specific information provided by U.S. intelligence officials. Yahoo is currently in the process of being taken over by Verizon Communications in a $4.8bn (£3.8bn) deal. “Yahoo is... Read more
Blocking FOIA With Bad Technology
There’s an interesting law on the books called the Freedom of Information Act, and it just celebrated its fiftieth birthday. So you’d think by now there would be a streamlined process for ensuring that everyone who files a FOIA request is able to navigate the system and access the... Read more
Apple Patent Shuts Off Your Camera
Apple fought the good fight earlier this year when the US government wanted the company to invent software that would override the iPhone operating system and allow it to break into a secured handset. Only after the court issued an order for Apple to comply–an order that CEO Tim... Read more
Yahoo Releases FBI National Security Letters To The World
Despite continuing financial difficulties and an ever decreasing user base, Yahoo made some online history this week revealing what most people up on their technology news already knew; that it had received National Security Letters (NSLs) from the FBI. While Yahoo’s revelation probably doesn’t come as any surprise, and... 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
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
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
Microsoft Sues US Federal Government Over Users Private Data
Microsoft is suing the US government over what it says is the unconstitutional manner in which federal law enforcement agencies can forbid tech companies from informing customers that their personal data held by Microsoft is being examined. The Redstone based company is arguing that having to keep access requests... Read more
FBI Admits San Bernadino Hack Only Works On Older iPhones
The Federal Bureau of Investigation’s director, James Comey,  has publicly confirmed what many have suspected: That the law enforcement agency’s successful  hack of the of the iPhone 5c used in the San Bernardino terrorist incident will not work on newer and more modern iPhones. “We have a tool that works... Read more
Israeli Cybersecurity Firm Linked To FBI Unlock Of Terrorist iPhone
An Israeli cybersecurity firm by the name of Cellebrite has been revealed as the third party source that the FBI are using to crack the security features of the iPhone that was used by the San Bernardino terrorists, and all without the court ordered assistance of Apple. Cellerbrite, a... Read more
New Security Concerns For Apple’s iMessage
Apple’s iPhone has been making news headlines for the past few weeks following a superior court ruling which stated the tech manufacturer was required to rewrite its OS operating system in order to create a “backdoor” for the FBI to break into a phone. Apple has steadfastly refused to... Read more
Have FBI Discovered Way To Unlock San Bernardino iPhone Without Apple?
The FBI is now claiming that they may have found a way to crack the security features of the iPhone that was used by the San Bernardino terrorists without the court ordered assistance of Apple. On the basis of the above information, A US judge has postponed a hearing... Read more
Tech World Answers Apple Call To Arms
At the time of writing, more than 25 of the world’s major media organizations, civil liberties groups, and technology companies, have opted to follow Microsoft, and throw their hat in the ring to support Apple in its increasingly entrenched and bitter dispute with the US government. The case centers... Read more
Microsoft Backs Apple Over FBI Demands
Bill Gates ‘disappointed’ everyone thought he supported FBI There is no doubt  about who Microsoft is siding with. It’s official, Microsoft has backed Apple in its battle with the FBI, and the US government.    Apple is currently refusing to comply with a court order that has required the... Read more
More Than Half Of Devices Run Out-Of-Date Software
A new study by Duo Security uncovered some alarming but sadly unsurprising news: more than half of the 2 million devices they looked at for a report were running out-of-date, unprotected software. Whether it was lack of antivirus protocols or operating systems and apps that hadn’t been updated when... Read more
More To The Locked iPhone Story Than Meets The Eye
The government wants Apple to fix the problem and foot the cost, so why bother purchasing antivirus software? With varying news reports swirling across the internet, it’s hard to get a full grasp on the now-infamous locked iPhone case. Some reports have indicated that the FBI is the one... Read more