Data-leakage is the uncontrolled, unauthorized transmission of classified information from a data centre or computer system to the outside. Such leakage can be accomplished by physical removal of data storage devices (diskettes, tapes, listings, printouts and photographs of screen copies or ...

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Flawed understanding of SQL Server Transparent Data Encryption (TDE)

We host a database for one of our applications on Microsoft SQL Azure. One of our clients was dissatisfied with the fact that TDE is not supported on SQL Azure (and the database is otherwise not ...
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How to implement password reset functionality without becoming susceptible to cross-domain referer leakage?

I have typically implemented password reset functionality by sending a link that included something like this: http://example.com/pwreset?id=userId&resetToken=superSecretResetToken On my pwreset ...
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Firewall Security vs Anti-Virus

Overview of my question I want to create a secure Window's system without the use of an Anti-Virus program. Whilst I know there are many on-demand and live-scanning anti-virus programs readily ...
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Can you recover original data from a screenshot that has been 'blacked out'?

Is there a threat from screenshots with blacked out info? That is can someone take out that after market addition so to speak? For instance I take a screen shot (using MS snipper) Then I ...
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Variable scope and security

This question is directed at the .Net framework, but would hopefully be answered to encompass many languages & frameworks. Let's assume I have a two methods, one which actually decypts data and ...
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Trying to get rid of hackers who have access to all my devices

What is the best way to go about getting rid of hackers that have gained access to all my personal computers, (both old and recently purchased) phones, and even random computers I use to simply get ...
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Does NTP leak local system time?

As I understand the paper An Improved Clock-skew Measurement Technique for Revealing Hidden Services (6/23 = pdf page 3), it implies that a NTP client leaks the system's local time because of TCP ...
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What's this type of leak detection method called?

Suppose I want to figure out which of a group of people is distributing my content without authorization. So I create several different versions of the same content, each with a unique watermark ...
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Wordpress Brute Force Attacker knows real admin Username -

I've noticed a brute force attempt on several different Wordpress installs that know the right admin user name for those respective sites... It seems very strange that the hacker would be able to ...
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Could “system volume information” and $RmMetadata pose information leakage on a nuked HDD?

I recently nuked my HDD(s) via a Windows program (Disk Wipe to be precise: http://www.diskwipe.org/), now everything is fine when I try to retrieve the information on that disk by any program I can ...
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What sensitive information can be leaked in a Vim's swap file?

Often it occurs that when bulk uploading files somewhere, the author forgets that some of the files are being open by Vim and uploads their swap files as well. Can this leak some sensitive ...
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Linux file information leakage

What information is kept in a linux file about the user and/or system that created it? I want to make some files publicly available, posted on another server such as GitHub or FTP, but I'd rather the ...
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Blocking access to social media on Windows

I would like to block websites like Facebook, YouTube and other social sites as part of my job and would need your advice on how to manage that. There are about 120 PCs in the building. Is something ...
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Is there an example of a web server that does steganographic watermarking?

You could imagine a web app that serves subtly different versions of a page to each user. For example, it might encode the identity of the user in the images it serves. This would be a per-user ...
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Social Engineering and Police Officers

The Story: Yesterday at 12pm a neighbor of mine was pulling into his driveway, and saw that his van's back-window was shattered. Well, this neighbor and I have had some trouble with each other in the ...
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How to protect personal data requested by Certificate Authorities from data theft?

I recently uploaded images of my passport and driver's license to a Certificate Authority (CA) to apply for SSL certificates. The submission was rejected because I have added watermarks to prevent ...
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How to prevent users from copying their outlook pst file to an external disk or system

We allow 4 gb space per employee in outlook mail exchange, beyond that the user has to create a pst file . That is the policy. We have given admin rights to all employees since there is a lot of ...
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Is it possible to read files in a mobile phone for carriers through mobile network alone?

Say a smartphone does not have any (internet) data plans activated (no gprs, 3g data etc.). It just connects to the tower for calls. So is it technically possible for the carrier or law enforcement ...
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What is the security significance of Keyboard and Touchpad controller chips?

In this article from Privacy International, it indicates that when GCHQ undertook the task of destroying sensitive data on system belonging to the Guardian newspaper, in addition to the Storage media, ...
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Does WinRAR leave traces of temporarily extracted files?

If I have an encrypted RAR file which will only open using a password, and I opened a file directly from within WinRAR by double clicking the file inside WinRAR, I assume that WinRAR will create a ...
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Is a properly configured server secure against unauthorized data access?

Take for example a game. Typically, when you buy or download a game that can be played offline, all of the data required to run the game is shipped with the executable. In order to protect these ...
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HTTP Status Codes - security considerations [duplicate]

I am designing an authorization framework and now I am thinking about the error codes which I should return when someone is trying to access a resource and he doesn't have the required permissions. ...
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Fixing security issues without boss/client's authorisation

I have a fair number of security concerns with a client's operation and it made me think about all the security concerns I've observed and noticed throughout the years with different clients/jobs. ...
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Tools for Verifying Secure Deletion

It is recommended to verify the zeroing-out was done properly when you try to secure delete a HDD. From this post, some drives with firmware bugs prevent secure erase from working properly. What are ...
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Data Protection act, who is liable? [closed]

Recently, a large UK shopping chain had the staff payroll database leaked (including bank details, all unencrypted) We've been told that we cannot take legal action and have so far been denied ...
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Can I rely on encrypted cloud services like Mega? [closed]

The Mega site claims that all submitted files are encrypted upon upload and decrypted upon download, and at no moment have they any knowledge of the decrypted contents. (I assume others sites do it ...
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Security Consequences of compromised passport data

In light of the recent hack of the EC-Council site, where the hacker makes the point that he has access to passport data a general question arises. What, if any, are the security/privacy consequences ...
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Why is my browsing history visible outside my network?

Whatever I and my family members do at 'Home PC' is visible in the history in Google chrome in my 'Office PC'. The two networks are entirely different! I saw all websites visited on our home PC by my ...
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How to secure data in a stolen raid disk?

I quote from this article Forget about hacking – your servers might get stolen: Are data centers as secure as they want you to think? Though security is often a selling-point for many data ...
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What can an attacker do if he knew my database credentials?

If an attacker knows my database username and password, what can he possibly do if he doesn't have access to my server? Let's say my database is using Microsoft SQL Server. Is there a way he can use ...
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Malware stole an executable file on my computer? Seems unlikely

If you don't want to read all of the details, skip to the bottom; I'll make a summary. I created a computer program as a proof of concept (I threw it together in 12 hours, so I wrote it in Visual ...
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How to prevent user from recovering my iPhone data?

If I'm about to sell my iPhone 5, is there a way to make sure that the buyer won't be able to recover anything from my data? Both data that has been recently deleted and data that has been deleted ...
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What options are available for implementing DLP? [closed]

What options are available for implementing DLP within an organisation and what are the pros and cons of each?
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How does Ram Scraper work?

I heard that during Christmas a lot of customer data was stolen using malware attack called Ram Scrapers. What exactly is a Ram Scraper?How would one infect a machine with it?What information can you ...
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Is it a good practice to show 403 unauthorized access error to user?

Whenever we see a 403 forbidden access error page we think we have got to a place where some secret or private data is present. Now at this point bad guys know that this might be of interest and start ...
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How to destroy VOIP phone in a proper way?

Are there any standards which consider safe destroying of VOIP phones? I would like to prevent eventual data leakage after devices which have left the company.
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What SSD maker has implemented Secure Erase to spec?

I have a Kingston hyperx drive circa 2012. I kicked off a secure erase on it. I then remounted the drive and was horrified (well, not really more like bemused) to see my whole parts of my old file ...
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Data categorization: tools?

For the purpose of setting in place the appropriate means of securing data, and to secure this process, I'm asking me the questions: What are the tools to associate to a document a categorization ...
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Why don't banks get hacked?

From reading a lot of info on this website I came to the conclusion that if someone with enough skill really badly wants to gain access somewhere, then there is absolutely nothing stopping them from ...
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MITM vs. data leakage

We are designing a web API - accessible via https only - but two schools of thought seem to have arisen among our team: Group 1 wants to adopt an approach that is more concerned about data leakage ...
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Theory about split data in several isolated (different physical server) DBMS to gain in security?

Suppose the following scenario: 1- A web app (on WEBSERVER1) and its database (on DBMS1) having very sensible information deployed in the same physical server (lets said that for simplification). ...
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Strange packets coming over wireless, looking for clues

While running airodump-ng in town, I have noticed an unusual type of AP or pseudo-AP. There is a steady stream of wireless beacon frames coming in on channel 6. The frames are valid, but have several ...
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Android side channels: what can one app observe about other apps?

What information can a malicious Android app observe about the behavior of other apps running on the same phone? In more detail, suppose app M is malicious and is running in the background. Suppose ...
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Twitter.com in private browsing leaks data to normal browser. Other sites as well? Bug or feature?

This is the first time I encountered similar thing. When I log into the Twitter web site in Chrome (namely, the Iron version which is said to be security enhanced, but that does not matter here) in ...
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Preparing for a stolen physical server

What would be the best ways to protect sensitive data stored on a server/drive that gets stolen? The confidentiality of the data is what is important, not retrieving it. Obviously, physical means are ...
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Can a web application administrator access the database of that application?

We have a web application linked to a database. The database is secured but contains unmasked confidential numbers. Can a normal administrator who can access the application, access those numbers in ...
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Ways to protect source code from theft [duplicate]

I just want to know better ways to protect source code from theft on Windows by Removable Devices like CD,Pendrive. Here is what I know: Windows Disk Encryption: Pretty nice to protect from offline ...
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Secure wiping of EEPROM and flash memory

Older magnetic storage exhibited some data remanence, so a recommendation emerged to wipe data by overwriting it multiple times with varying patterns — the “Gutmann wipe”. More recent hard disk ...
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Can your Windows or Linux username be exposed to websites?

For example: Accessing a website with javascript enabled can expose information such as browser, fonts and local time. Can it, theoretically, expose your Windows or Linux username? Will saving a ...
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VCS to manipulate returned trees to prevent leaks? [closed]

I am wondering if there is any system that would change source code trees in subtle from version control systems in ways that are hard to discover (i.e. whitespaces at the ends of lines, perhaps even ...