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 do I securely erase USB flash drives?

I would like to know if there is a way to securely erase USB flash drives without a chance to recover data from it once it has been erased. I know, that programms like DBAN can be used to securely ...
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What are analytics APIs accessing when they run, and how do you block or spoof them?

What are analytics APIs accessing when they run, and how do you block or spoof them? Usually all apps from desktop or mobile app stores, MMO clients, Steam and many utilities, and many games and ...
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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 ensure all traffic goes through VPN?

I want to make sure all traffic goes through the VPN. The VPN manager has an option to enable a "kill-switch" which cuts off the internet if the VPN is not being used, however this feature buggy and ...
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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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Securing Diskless Clients from Data Leakage

I am experimenting with securing diskless clients booting both RHEL 6.5 and Windows 7 via PXE (and iPXE in the future) from iSCSI targets. These computers run only on an internal network and are ...
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What is the severity if someone read the ConnectionStrings_Prod.config?

I was doing an (authorized) pen test in a website and the programmer did a big mistake and I was able to read any file. So I read the web.config and see the password for database was in ...
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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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). ...