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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rpm package info leak?

On Linux, rpm -qi <package-name> command would display the package info, which would contain information of build machine - Build Host :<host-name> Does this pose any security risk? Is ...
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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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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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How often are codebases compromised? [closed]

I'm currently trying to research which get compromised more often; databases or codebases? My guess would be that databases are the obvious answer and most of the time easier to compromise, because of ...
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Are exposed database names on shared server a security hole?

I was working for a client this week, and they use PostgreSQL database for web applications. They have their database on a shared server. When I connected to the database host with pgAdmin, I was ...
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Tor exit node can know my IP address?

I have read some articles about how Tor works. I know about layer by layer decryption, but there is something that I cannot understand: If the exit node is the one that does the last decryption and ...
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Is reading from prod to dev a security concern? [closed]

We have two environments, both of which have access to the same data sources. However, prod is locked down (reasonably so) while dev can be written/read by developers. Data flows from the source ...
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Why are Android permissions granted in groups?

The Android documentation on Permission Groups states that If an app requests a dangerous permission listed in its manifest, and the app already has another dangerous permission in the same ...
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Understanding the behaviour of existing eavesdropping techniques

I am studying the behaviour of existing eavesdropping techniques (part of my research). I have a question through the following scenario: Suppose Bob lives in New York and wants to listen (i.e. ...
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File shredders and free space wipers, are really safe to use?

I was wondering these days about , how really secure are the file shredding software , or free space wipers? Lets say we are using PC Windows, and software CCleaner (from piriform) or File Shredder ...
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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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Is there a secure way to transfer data outside the Internet?

Since, recently, it has been proven that transferring data through the usb port is fundamentally flawed, I'm wondering if there are 100% secure ways to transfer data without using the Internet. ...
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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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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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Copy-and-pasting plaintext data from encrypted container

Suppose we have sensitive information stored in plaintext within a dm-crypt/VeraCrypt encrypted file and this information is copy-and-pasted by a user into a web browser after decrypting (this could ...
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SQL security - ACID transactions and locking to prevent financial fraud (timing attack?) [closed]

I am trying to prevent something similar to this from happening: http://hackingdistributed.com/2014/04/06/another-one-bites-the-dust-flexcoin/ Basically the financial exchange was using non-ACID ...
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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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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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The Creation of Secure Software Development Environments

[Edit] I did complete an analysis and framework of concepts that were included into my thesis for extensions to existing frameworks. All of the information in this thread was useful. The direct ...
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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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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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Does creation of dump data would be considered as vulnerablity?

Problem behind the question : We were a small firm developing a small web application which was similar to fb,gmail,etc [in terms of functionality]. We have a signup form and I was assigned to test ...
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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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Most secure way to isolate computer on network

I handle personal client information. Stuff that shouldn't get lost. Because of this, I have had to be careful not to download or install anything that is in any way uncertain. One data stealing virus ...
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How long is the information on Facebook stored? [closed]

I was wondering how long Facebook stores our photos and posts? I hear two theories, one saying it is around half a year, after which all the data centers are going to erase our data. The other one ...
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What is one way to verify emails of compromised website if registrations are not validated?

There was recently a massive personal data leak, and the data seems to be from Ashley Madison - a site providing dating services to married men. The site takes any email and does not verify them while ...
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Smartphone motherboard - Does it hold any data?

I recently went for a smartphone repair and got its motherboard replaced. However, it didn't occur to me to ask for the damaged motherboard back. I had confidential credentials and data stored. No ...
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Major industry password leaks using salted HMAC but without eg PBKDF2, scrypt

I'm trying to convince higher-ups on a project to use an iterative strengthening function to secure password-storage for a new system. The current proposal would store something like an HMAC of a ...
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Securely erase personal data from android phone before selling

I have just sold online my old Nexus 5 (Android Lolipop) and need to post it tomorrow morning. I would like to make sure the new owner can't access my files. What should I do?
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Properly solving IP leaking from WebRTC and other apps with STUN when using a VPN

This is really a follow-up question from this: Stun scripts/webRTC IP leaks I'm connecting to a VPN using a virtual adapter, which has a default routing rule so all traffic goes through it. I still ...
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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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How to securely, physically destroy a hard drive at home?

Hard drive in question has sensitive unencrypted data but has failed and no longer responds so can't be wiped. I'd like to physically destroy the said hard drive (3-1/2" desktop, spinning platter ...
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How can I reliably erase all information on a hard drive?

As storage technologies change over time, using different encodings and remappings to deal with sector errors, the best way to permanently erase/wipe/shred data changes also. Methods for flash drives ...
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Is it possible to prevent unauthorized copying or recording of data by photographing screens?

I am thinking on a way which would prevent unauthorized copying or recording of data by photographing screens. I also think, if the content of a screen is understable for an eye of a living human, it ...
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Possible threats on the memory buffer

If an adversary could identify a buffer's capacity, what would be the possible consequences?
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Metadata leakage from security camera upload times

Picture the following: A server controlling security cameras has a script that takes stored footage, encrypts the files with GPG, and moves it into a cloud storage folder (Dropbox in this case). If ...
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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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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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Can a web-filter track my internet access over application API calls?

I'm at college where each student has a login ID and password for internet access through the CyberRoam web filter for blocking certain websites. My question is, when I'm browsing Facebook, YouTube, ...
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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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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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Can a QR code steal my mobile's data?

For example https://web.wechat.com By scanning the QR code from my mobile, it automatically logs in with my wechat account. Here, can QR web sever or QR devices steal the mobile data?
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How secure are the passwords stored at Google Passwords? [closed]

It seems Google activated central place for storing app/website passwords which is accessible at https://passwords.google.com/ and all the remembered Chrome passwords are synched there. In what ...
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Website knows that I'm connected via OpenVPN

When I'm connected to a OpenVPN server and visit http://ip-api.com/ I get this: OpenVPN UDP bs128 SHA256 Can somebody explain to me how this is possible and how can I stop this information leak?
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Restricting Vmware View Copy/Paste functionality

Does anybody know if it's possible to restrict VMware View copy/paste functionality depending on the source of the client? It seems VDIs can have GPOs set to configure copy/paste functionality, but ...
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I found my user details on already old, leaked account information list

I came across an old (>3 years) accounts information list which has been leaked to the web. The list included thousands (>10.000) of account details from a service or services. Apparently the event ...
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At what point in their employment should security policies be explained to an employee?

There are the basic things that need to be explained to every employee about a security policy. For example: How sensitive information must be handled. How to properly maintain your ID, and ...
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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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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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Secure text document's fingerprint

The purpose is the same as with hashing: given set of confidential documents, I want to process them and store something secure like salted hashes/bcrypt. Later, when new document is given, I want to ...