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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What is a practical example of an action that violates the non-interference model?

I'm studying the non-interference model as part of CISSP prep and am having trouble thinking of a practical example where a violation would be involved (and the consequences of those violations). I ...
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How can you prevent email addresses from being harvested from a registration form?

When you go to a website's login form and enter the wrong credentials, the website can give you one of three error messages: Your email is wrong Your password is wrong Your email or password is ...
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How are leaked government credentials possible and what's the point?

In the wake of all these leaked/stolen/hacked government login/passwords being stolen it got me thinking. How is the leaking of these passwords even possible? Or are they of any real use? Aren't all ...
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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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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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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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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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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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Effect of Source Code Leakage of a security suite on security

I am interested to know what threats does it pose, if the source code of a security suite is leaked. It came to my mind after reading the following URLs: http://www.pentestit.com/2011/01/31/source-...
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Preventing information from leaving corporate network

How do you prevent confidential information from leaving the network.? Nowadays online storage facilities are in abundance. e.g. Google Drive, One Drive ...etc. Any employee can just upload sensitive ...
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What do you do to protect data on a Macbook in the event of theft/loss of the device?

What setup do you recommend to protect data on a MacBook in the event of theft/loss of the device? I'm specifically interested in Macs here, rather than laptops generally, and in concrete ...
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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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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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Does reboot clear RAM?

How can I ensure that the whole RAM was zeroed-out? Does a reboot (Power On Self Test) clear whole memory before system is booted? Or does a Linux kernel zero memory before proceeding? I am familiar ...
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Invalid passwords leaked to logfiles

My company recently discovered that we're logging invalid login attempts, alongside with usernames and passwords. Those logfiles are stored on several machines and accessible to all team members. This ...
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How far a VPN service is legal? Does it makes my data vunerable for hackers?

Today, in Brazil, the government suspended by judicial requirement the WhatsApp application for 48 hours. It is a messaging app that works only via Internet connection (3G, 4G, WiFi...) and not by ...
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How to Man-in-the-middle a whole network?

When performing a MiTM attack, you generally need to specify the router's IP address and the "victim" IP address. I'm trying to demonstrate to a business owner why he needs to secure his network, but ...
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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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What would you define as an “advanced” hacker attempt?

This subject might just barely be a programming topic. Though, in my point of view, it is of great concern to programmers because of our responsibility to develop secure code. Recently, there has ...
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Is there a common name for a software defect that leads to unexpected transfer of secret over the wire?

Suppose in a C++ program I use a memory region for temporarily storing an encryption key and don't overwrite that region afterwards. Then my program wants to send a data packet over the network. Due ...
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What to do in response to a source code and/or database leak by a third party hosting provider?

My PHP sourcecode and database (PHPMyAdmin Dump) has been leaked publicly and I believe that the web host I have used for this service are responsible for the leak. On first appearances, the web host ...
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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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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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What are the risks of sending sensitive documents that are on physical media and password protected via postal carrier using registered mail?

Background The company I work for is extremely risk averse when it comes to adopting the use of cloud services for improving business flows. We currently use a very famous search company's business ...
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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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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 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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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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What information can be gained from an Apple device's screenshot or its EXIF data?

I often take screen grabs from my Apple devices for professional purposes (iPhone, iMac, Powerbook...), sometimes sharing them on forums, imgur or S.E. sites for technical support. What informations ...
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Is an application backend expected to potentially log sensitive customer data when in debug mode?

As I am working on a website that asks customers to enter data such as their name, address, phone number, obviously customer data that needs to be protected. I do my best to not log such data (...
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Data loss protection in software artifacts

Data loss protection is a major concern to every industry. The software engineering process involves multiple points for potential data loss, as a number of parties are involved other than the client ...
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Should Android apps for communication encryption and security require permissions like identity, device ID, contacts, etc.?

There is a Android application Threema for communication encryption and that says it does not collect user data, but it requires the following permissions: identity, contacts and device ID. Can ...
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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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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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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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What is the best way to explain (a non-technical person) the risk of leaking version information?

I'm wondering what the easiest way is to explain a non-technical person (read: management) why the leakage of a simple version number is considered unnecesarry/a potential risk and should be avoided. ...
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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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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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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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How do IP addresses leak information about whether they are a home client or not?

Websites such as hackforums.net, amongst others, are able to detect if you're using a proxy or VPN just by looking at your IP address and block you if you are doing so. I have never experienced any ...
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How to detect a database leak

Website keep getting hacked every day and every now and then we hear website owners react and tell "affected users that their password might had been compromised". Most sites that disclose such leaks ...
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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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Someone called my cell phone offering services about something I have been looking for in the web

I recently started gathering information about poker and poker online. I had no idea about it and I have spent about a week surfing the web (mainly using Google) and consulting different web pages ...
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What information could be gained from an Amazon shipping label?

My family has a bad habit of recycling Amazon shipping boxes without taking out the labels. We have been doing this for the past year or so and have noticed a slight and steady increase in the amount ...
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Difference/Relationship between data leakage analysis and vulnerability analysis?

What is the difference/relationship between data leakage analysis and vulnerability analysis? How much and what kind of vulnerability testing is required for data leakage analysis? I have to give ...
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Is Chrome for Android leaking my phone number?

I accidently clicked on an advertisement, and opened it with chrome. It was one of those things where you can subscribe to an App Store for £4.50 a week for apps which are usually free anyway. ...
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Possible to detect an/or shut off CryptoLocker by limiting total network bytes transferred?

Since a virus infected PC has to download (encrypt) reupload the entire file (to a file server), and repeat the process for every network drive, is is possible to detect this unusually high bandwidth ...
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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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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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Is flushing of all caches on any context switch between mutually-distrusting processes the only way to prevent cache timing attacks?

This article demonstrates a devastating Javascript-based cache timing attack that allows for cross-VM tracking of mouse movements and other activities by web pages. Is the only way to prevent cache-...