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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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How are large tech sites such as LivingSocial, Zappos, LinkedIn and Evernote hacked?

How are large tech sites such as LivingSocial, Zappos, LinkedIn and Evernote hacked? (i.e. how is their entire dataset of users obtained?) LivingSocial - 50 Million Users Exposed Zappos - 24 Million ...
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Should the requirement of admin privileges be extended?

Seeing this comic from xkcd.com made me thinking: Is extending the requirement of admin privileges to things such as connecting to the internet, running the web browser, reading browser and other ...
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Is it ok to cut some digits from the front-face of a credit/debit card?

I'm a European expat living in Asia. I usually hide my credit card at my apartment. However, I'm a bit scared about losing it when I carry it (wallet robbed or lost). That's why I already scrubbed ...
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What is the easiest way to search massive, leaked databases for persons and personal information?

This may seem like a rather nefarious question, however, my motivations are quite the opposite-- I want to know how at risk I might be! A while ago a very MASSIVE database was leaked that contained ...
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How do private photos get stolen

I'm not referring to any of the below: Spiteful partner sharing private photos of other after editing oneself out. Someone stealing photos from a professional photographer/artist without permission. ...
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How would you detect whether customer data has been leaked?

I'm a very security conscious (bordering paranoia) freelance web developer and I place a lot of emphasis on security with my clients, alas I've found this doesn't seem to be the case for the average ...
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Is there any risk in posting “local info” to the Internet?

Previously when I posted a screenshot online, someone told me to erase out my usernames, computer names, domain names, etc: Is there actually a need to do so? A quick Google search shows that many ...
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Bringing in an intern

When bringing in an intern to help you in the IT world and with access to servers and client information, what kind of forms should be signed, especially when they work remotely?
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Encrypting sensitive data in software and storing/decrypting it on a server

I have searched IT Security and Google for something similar to this, but wasn't able to find anything remotely related to what I'm doing. I'm developing software which has 2 parts - a C# program run ...
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Data remanence on mobile devices

The methods in which data should be deleted is strictly enforced by the DoD as well as others security sensitive organizations. However, there are complications with deleting data on an SSD. Given ...
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Swap file may contain sensitive data

Is it possible that the swap file will contain chunks of data by a file you have accessed, and could this be detected during a forensics analysis? How could you prevent this situation ? Is using ...
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How to use clipboard manager software more securely?

I want to minimize the risks using a clipboard manager or clipboard history software. I want to use it because it really eases my work so not using it is not a good option. These programs usually ...
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Is Data Remanence a Myth? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Why is writing zeros (or random data) over a hard drive multiple times better than just doing it once? Multiple overwrites have often been discussed as a secure way of ...
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How to secure usb data storage of Android phones?

I just found out that if I connect my phone to a laptop with a cable, the password becomes completely USELESS. So how can I protect the data in my phone from a usb cable? It's actually very easy to ...
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Possible to redact information in the clipboard, or to auto-redact when it hits a webpage?

Sometimes when I paste information to a website I realize after I post the information that I inadvertently included an IP address, username, email address, or other information I'd like to consider ...
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Code, Data and Passwd encrypted? sqlplus $USER/$PASSWORD@$ORACLE_REMOTE_SID

Lots of our *NIX scripts use "sqlplus $USER/$PASSWORD@$ORACLE_REMOTE_SID" I know that not good to have clear text password in scripts (there is no alternative at the moment). But question is the ...
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How do I prevent data from leaving my network?

I have a network of about 10 computers and I want to prevent sensitive data and source code leaks. To achieve that, I would like to block all file uploading / attaching. What are the options ...
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Information disclosure by identifiers

I'm doing a small research and I observed quite a lot of sites that reveal some private information in the ID-s that they assign. As an example I would like to point out e-commerce sites that issue ...
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HTTPS Sensitive Information and Caching

I have a website where I need to share a sensitive key with the user. Of course, I'm using HTTPS on the page. The key is put into the HTML server-side in ASP.NET. My concern is, if the user's computer ...
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How to block all access to Akami deploy servers and Apple push servers?

I no longer blindly trust the numerous connections that occur at night and during the day that always go to "content" and "push" servers like: a23-33-37-54.deploy.akamaitechnologies.com ...
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How to restrict flash drives in Local Area Network

It is prohibited to use USB drives at our office, due to security reasons. But some people still use them to steal information. It is now a great risk factor at our office. Now we need to ensure any ...
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How far beyond using Shred should I go when deleting files? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How can I reliably erase all information on a hard drive? I'm looking to securely erase my files. Is shred the best option besides ditching the hardware? To what lengths ...
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Data Retention Laws for ISPs in North America

I was reading an article on TorrentFreak where Private Internet Access claims the United States "is one of the only countries without a mandatory data retention law." According to the linked article ...
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How to secure MySQL based web session data table?

I have the following MySQL session schema: CREATE TABLE `SessionData` ( `id` varchar(50) COLLATE utf8_unicode_ci NOT NULL, `data` text COLLATE utf8_unicode_ci, `date` datetime DEFAULT NULL, ...
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How to prevent private data being disclosed outside of Organization

I'm not looking to secure my internal network Our company keeps sensitive customer information. How can I prevent this information spreading outside of the company ? How do big companies prevent to ...
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How to destroy old credit card?

What is the best (in terms of security) way to destroy old (but still working) credit card?
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Where do organizations store their sensitive documents? How do they protect them?

Where do organizations store their sensitive documents? How do they protect them? What are the pros and cons for each method? (If there are multiple common ones) EDIT: I am more referring to ...
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Ways to make it more difficult for data to be lifted from a website?

Assume for a moment that I run a public-facing website that hosts pictures and names of people in a "billboard" fashion (i.e. you do not have to register to view the information) and that my site ...
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What encryption is possible for ReadyBoost?

ReadyBoost is a technology to assist getting Windows Vista or 7 to load faster on memory-constrained PC's. Since a USB stick can be easily removed, what security options are available for this ...
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Google Account Compromised - Possible Investigation?

This morning, I've not been able to login to my Google Account. Google says, my account has been compromised and I had to walk through account credentials recovery and verify (SMS to verify phone ...
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What constitutes a Virtual Private Database?

I recently came across this term "Virtual Private Database" and I'm wondering what criteria need to be satisfied to allow use of the term. I first saw the term in an HP/Fortify doc: A virtual ...
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Keeping valuable algorithms secret

Given a securities trading algorithm that is very effective and thereby very valuable, how do you keep it secret and protect it from theft or copying? What techniques or architecture is the best? The ...
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Monitoring and filtering of arbitrary outgoing data

I would like to be able to not just centrally monitor but also filter any organizational data moving out our edge routers, regardless of the sender application and regardless of the protocol/port used ...
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Source code security

We have about 20 developers working in a heterogeneous environment, mostly using company laptops or desktops. We run Windows 7 on desktops/laptops and a mixture of Linux distros (Ubuntu/CentOS). ...
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Have hardware trojans been seen in the wild?

Military and intelligence organizations have spent a lot of resources guarding against the possibility of hardware trojans, unauthorized modifications to hardware circuits that leak information or ...
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Is there a way to detect and extract steganographically hidden data from a picture? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Detecting Steganography in images Is there a way to detect and extract hidden data from picture which altered by steganography? For example, If someone tried to spill ...
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Firewall Considerations with PGP Universal

The PGP Universal server is a fairly complex piece of work that provides several different services. When constructing firewall rules I am trying to determine what implications there are for opening ...
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What particular devices and processes are available to destroy hard drives, per DoD 5220.22-M?

DoD 5220.22-M specifies the following methods for destruction of hard drives with classified data: Disintegrate Incinerate Pulverize Shred Melt I've seen shredders of the type that might be used ...
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How do you destroy an old hard drive?

How do you destroy an old hard drive? To be clear, unlike questions Secure hard drive disposal: How to erase confidential information and How can I reliably erase all information on a hard drive? I do ...
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Is running an erase tool after an OS install sufficient to ensure no data from the old install is recoverable?

How secure do you consider this process? A drive has data from a previous OS installation. A new OS installation is made on the drive, and Heidi Eraser is run on free space. What are the chances ...
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With Google's new Privacy Policies going into effect soon, how can I better protect myself using their services?

From what I can tell, the gist of the new Privacy Policy from Google is that they're making a blanket policy to allow using your data between all their services, however they see fit. So now one ...
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If a hacker were to compromise a GMail database

Assuming the systems that store the Gmail database is compromised what is preventing them from reading everyone's emails by looking at the data in the database? I assume nothing, and in order for ...
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Could mint.com be more secure, and if so, how?

After reading a bit about mint.com on the money stack exchange, I wanted to give it a try. But frankly, it scares me a little bit. The site has a bunch of links explaining how they're so secure. I ...
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Recover the prior contents of RAM from a turned-off PC?

I've heard that if your PC is turned off, then an attacker can recover the RAM from the last session. I find this hard to believe. How could it be done?
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In the case of the Gawker data breach, would strong passwords be ok?

In the Gawker data breach, was just the database stolen and that gave free access to all user data? Or did the hackers still need to read the MD5's of the usernames and passwords to gain access to the ...
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Why is writing zeros (or random data) over a hard drive multiple times better than just doing it once?

Lots of different programs, such as Darik's Boot and Nuke, let you write over a hard drive multiple times under the guise of it being more secure than just doing it once. Why?
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Active measures against lost or stolen PDAs in healthcare?

Many physicians, nurses, and technical staff like to carry PDAs to be kept abreast of patient conditions. Various companies want caretakers to view ECGs on their iPads. Due to the incredibly private ...
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Are powerline ethernet adapters inherently secure?

I have 2 Zyxel PLA407 powerline adapters. Router is downstairs connected to one adapter, other adapter is upstairs about 30 feet away connected to a desktop. I have a house, not an apartment or ...
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localStorage for apps over https. What expectations are there?

I run an online gradebook. To keep student data private, I transfer all data over https. Now, I'd like to use localStorage to avoid redundant calculations and server requests. However, according to ...
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Are there sensors/devices to be used for reading magnetic bits of hard disk

I would like to ask about the availability of any sensor or device that can be used to read magnetic bits inside hard disks? I tried to google that but I did not see any useful thing till now. I think ...