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How does the Yahoo webmail exploit work?

I got an email (referring to me by name) from somebody I knew a while ago and the email itself was just two/three lines containing a bit-ly link. Although it seemed like it actually could be ...
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If email is insecure, why do we use it for password resets?

I found myself telling a coworker today "Email is insecure, that's why we developed our secure report application." But then it struck me, Why is email considered insecure? If it is so insecure, why ...
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Emails wrongly flagged as spam by filter, claiming suspicious URLs

My wife runs a small website (in Japanese) selling vintage products online. She's sending out emails to customers with details about their order, together with images of the products and links to the ...
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E-mail with obfuscated code / no trace in e-mail server

I've got a situation where one of my clients sent me an e-mail with what appears to be obfuscated shell code. The really bizarre thing here is that I see no trace of this e-mail showing up in the mail ...
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Any recipient can modify an order confirmation mail, right? Does this ever matter ?

I have boldly stated that there is no way to 'write protect' an e-mail, but want to be sure of my ground. Surely if Joe Bloggs receives an e-mail from me (or my e-commerce site or a web application ...
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Email Compromised due to Yahoo Mail Exploit

On Monday due to XSS vulnerability present in the Yahoo mail my email has been compromised. I have immediately changed my password but i am not sure is this enough i.e. do i need to delete my cookies ...
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GPG-encrypted mailing list and other approaches to safe communication

What is the best way to communicate privately on a mailing-list? Requiring each member of the list to have the public key of each other member, and encrypt their messages with those, is cumbersome to ...
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Can email be encrypted before it reaches the mail server? If not, is there something that would allow something like this that's being worked on?

I was thinking about hosting my own email (own email server) instead of using Gmail. But then I realized I could never host my email on a server where I'm also hosting Wordpress. That is because I ...
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How do I create a valid email certificate for Outlook S/MIME with openssl?

I need to create a certificate for email encryption and signing that has to be used by Outlook 2003+. I'm using OpenSSL, my self-signed root-CA is already imported into the trusted root-CA store. ...
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Should links to images contained in emails be secure?

We are generating emails which contain links to images: our client's branding, images showing other products offered by the client etc... What are the security pitfalls if these links in the emails ...
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E-mail can be made to appear like it came from a big organization?

I know almost nothing about security. So, please bear with me if the questions sound silly. Is it possible for a malicious person to make an e-mail appear as if it came from a big company like ...
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How do spammers verify the validity of a huge amount of email addresses?

I noticed that there is an email address validation method, that is to telnet to a email MX server and send rcpt command to the server. But for this method, the MX server may abort connection after ...
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Are mail-servers removed from security concerns in contrast with cloud storage?

I have meet people and even businesses that are against using the cloud for data storage invoking security risks. In the same time they seem perfectly fine using email services (usually from obscure ...
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Is using Gmail's browser-based client, more secure than using IMAP?

I never use the same password twice and my passwords are always comprised of a long, random string of letters, numbers and symbols. (with an offline password manager to store each password string) ...
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Activesync: If I disable or rename the AD account does that mean the phone won't be wiped?

Suppose an Activesync phone needs to be wiped because it was lost, stolen, or it was an employee termination. If we disable the account prior to wiping the device (or the device receiving the wipe ...
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how to trace the IP address of gmail account sender via browser [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How to trace email? i wanted to know the location of sender email which sent us the threat email the header of email is mentioned below Analysis: Received: from ...
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Security of email [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How commonly are SSL/TLS or S/MIME used by e-mail providers? Say, Alice uses gmail and Bob uses hotmail. Alice wants to send an email to Bob. Alice goes to gmail ...
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PCI Compliance Problem

My company is trying to become fully PCI Compliant and we are switching our outdated systems to use Authorize.net CIM among other things. But, currently we're all over the place and until our new ...
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Encoding HTML email content

Say I have a form on my website. The input elements of the form are: email address, name and some feedback textarea. The server-side application that this form is submitted to will send an HTML ...
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Securely publishing GPG keys

This is probably a stupid question/vaguely defined, but I need to ask it anyway. I want to put a public key for mail exchange on my website, such that even very powerful adversary with power to ...
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What type of content better not to transfer by email?

Email is one of the main tools of business communication. On the other hand, it is not a secure way of communication. But to what extent it is not secure? I have always wondered how sensible it is ...
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How does PGP differ from S/MIME?

Is S/MIME an abstracted system for general MIME type encryption, whereas PGP is more for email? Why would I want to choose one over the other, or can I use both at the same time?
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Can 2FA help handle mixed personal and business accounts after leaving a company?

I do not want a super administrator in Google Apps to log to my account after leaving company, so I enabled 2-step verification. He could login to many sites as me with just a link in "forget ...
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Fake email sent through newsletter service: how to know who sent them?

Suppose a guy sends emails through a service that sends newsletters, but he copies an invitation sent to him, and uses this service to send more invitations to uninvited people, and puts the email of ...
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If most companies do not enable TLS for SMTP and IMAP, should we consider email not secure at all?

Many of our partner companies's email service do not enable encryption. Does that mean our email is not protected at all?
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PGP: How is it possible for me to read a sent mail, encrypted by me with the recipient's public key?

I'm quite new to OpenPGP and am just starting to use it with Thunderbird. When I encrypt a mail with a recipient's public key, using Thunderbird + Enigmail + OpenPGP, and send it, I can find the ...
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Is it possible for a phishing link to install a major virus on a Mac?

My girlfriend recently had her university MS Exchange account hacked. The attacker took over her email account and started using it to send thousands of spam emails. After a while, her email account ...
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sanesecurity - clamav - getting a false positive - should I bother?

A client of mine reported that he isn't getting emails sent from our domain. This is offcourse a false positive, as we are a legitimate comapny. I am also not hearing this issue from other clients (we ...
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Is snail mail or HTTPS webmail safer for sensitive information?

I've been curious about the safety of e-mail lately. As far as I know, the most vulnerable point of communication is the local network you send your mail from. That is unless you're trying to keep ...
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What are the supposed security benefits of a “dead-drop” email strategy?

This was in the news recently. Here's what they were said to have been doing: Petraeus and Broadwell apparently used a trick, known to terrorists and teenagers alike, to conceal their email ...
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I found a malicious website embedded in Malware spam. What should I do?

An email is using social engineering to get users to click on a malicious URL that downloads javascript and then runs malicious code. Who should I report these malicious URLs to? (Microsoft ...
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Petraeus scandal - what would have been a better way to communicate electronically [closed]

Not a security professional here but .... having read through how it happened, it's clear sending these emails from the shared account by Paula Broadwell was the problem (if I understand correctly). ...
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CAPTCHA or email confirmation?

I have read that captcha isn't a perfect solution to protect a website where for example the user can create an account, since there are many people in different countries that practicallty read ...
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Is my email client violating my privacy?

There are many ways that emails can be used to violate the privacy of the recipient (Return-Receipt-To:, web bugs, iframes loaded from an external page, and other email tracking methods). It may be ...
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Hashcash, is this really used?

I just heard about this term, is it really used? The concept does not seem new, is it used and/or implemented in current technologies?
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Is DKIM needed for emails encrypted with OpenPGP?

DKIM seems to prove that a message came from where it claims to be from. However, OpenPGP encrypts the entire email and signs it which obviously proves it also came from the person it says it did. ...
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How to refuse delivering emails that are not signed by trusted PGP keys?

I'm fed up by spam and would like to have an email address that will only deliver mails signed by users I declared trusted. Some kind of purgatory for mails the signatures of which are trustworthy by ...
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What are the security or privacy issues with allowing users to forward email from our Google Apps account to their personal Gmail?

But we have a new employee that would rather all his email in one inbox. I know he can forward the mail to his personal account, send mail using an alias so that it looks like it is coming from the ...
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Suspicious email with my information in it: what do i do?

I just received this email: Billed To: d**********@****.NET John ****** Order Number: M1V62***2711 Receipt Date: 07/12/12 Order Total: $699.99 Billed To: Credit card Item Number Description ...
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AV inserting email header logic

I want to write a small PHP emailing class to be able to send HTML emails. My problem is that in the receiving email an antivirus will insert a header which sometimes simply breaks the entire email. ...
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IP attack by reading/writing data?

If I remember correctly there is an ICMP attack whereby you can embed malicious code and it gets read/executed, causing the problem (similar to SQL injection). Are there any further/more dangerous ...
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Hosted Email Hacked, SQL injection maybe?

I have a hosted website using a free hosting service, I received an email this afternoon saying that I have been suspended because my account has been compromised. Basically, someone is using my ...
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Is TLS flawless enough to prevent eavesdropping carried out by an ISP?

I would like to "secure" my email, http servers and desktop client by connecting exclusively over TLS, be it email, in/out:80 or just regular "web surfing" traffic. Will that prevent ISP and ...
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Learn IP address of sender of a self-destructing email

How can I know the IP address of the sender who sent me a self-destructing email? If not the IP address... what all information can be extracted?
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what are some instances of compromises due to email sniffing?

Since emails are usually sent in plain text and bounced through a bunch of SMTP relays it is potentially possible for a well placed attacker to sniff for these and read emails without being able ...
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How long can I store personal information on unconfirmed subscriptions?

I have a monthly newsletter. In my subscribe form I use a double opt-in method: The visitor subscribes. I send him a confirmation email. If I receive a reply, I add him/her to my system. In the ...
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what would be a good way for a doctor to send xrays encrypted to another doctor?

As a dentist, I often want to send medical information including digital xrays to another doctor. What would be a good/easy way to do this encrypted? Our organization currently requires that all ...
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Avast says I don't need to use encrypted connections for my e-mail accounts

I am using Outlook 2010 and Avast anti-virus 7. Whenever I add an account to Outlook if I choose to use SSL for incoming or outgoing connections Avast alerts me I shouldn't use it because Avast can't ...
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I'm currently receiving a targeted attack

Since yesterday, I receive forged mails which are targeted at me. They use personal information, seem to come from one of my friends and only contain links to these web sites: http ...
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Amavisd-New and Google safe browsing

I am studying the Google Safe Browsing. How do I know that it is possible to intercept a content of an email via amavis, I wonder if I can, for each url found, consult the Google safe browsing? Do ...