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Legality of scanning a site with SSLLabs SSL Server Test in order to find and report weaknesses [migrated]

I am wanting to scan a site (which I do not own) to see if they are vulnerable to anything like Heartbleed or the POODLE attack, not because I want to exploit any such vulnerabilities for malicious ...
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Legal: ISP Compromised DNS [closed]

Background: A rural wireless ISP configures all their customers equipment to point to their own nameservers. For the past 2 months or so their primary name server has intermittently been serving ...
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Is 100% anonymity possible with Tor under certain circumstances? [duplicate]

Tor has guidelines that define a set of rules/techniques to assure anonymity. Some examples are browsing in small window mode so your screen resolution can't be detected, using HTTPS everywhere, and ...
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USA PATRIOT Act and Office 365

I have a local Exchange server, which has several spam and email reception issues (Due to an expired subscription to a spam filtering system). I was looking at the Office 365 Exchange Online ...
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Can FBI or government agencies get hold of my Google Docs files just by confiscating my laptop? [closed]

Assume the following: I am doing all my work, including the one with sensitive information on Google Docs. No documents are stored on local hard drive. I am not using the Google Drive App, just ...
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What is the cost of CALEA in the US? (Lawful intercept) [closed]

The Computer Assistance for Law Enforcement Act (CALEA) is a law in the US that provides for lawful intercept of communications by law enforcement (namely, the FBI). Specifically, as I understand it: ...
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In the United States, when can someone legally search my personal laptop? (Government or private security) [closed]

Unlike the United Kingdom, U.S. citizens don't have an explicit right to privacy in the Constitution. Although there are implied privacy rights within "penumbras" of the Bill of Rights this has ...
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Is HTTPS required when there's no sensitive data in the site

I'm currently building a B2B e-commerce site for a client using WordPress. We sell industrial machinery ranging in the upper $100k-$400k price range. My client would like to have their financing form ...
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Could I ever be legally required to decrpyt user information? [closed]

Suppose I host some web app which stores information about its users. In the interest of confidentiality, that information is stored in an encrypted format. Under what circumstances could a legal ...
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Are there any examples of when personal email data can be brought into a lawsuit involving a corporation?

If users bring their own device (BYOD) and they have corporate Exchange (or Goodlink email) on that device, could the other email accounts on that device be open to a legal search? Would the SMS ...
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What are the compliance requirements or standards for a non-US firm hosting personal data in the US?

I work for a head hunting company with offices in Canada and Asia. We migrated our custom built CRM system from our own servers hosted in Japan to an Amazon hosting service meaning that all our data ...
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A neighbor is using a WEP encrypted router, should I inform them of the security risk? [closed]

Someone in my neighborhood is using a WEP encrypted wifi router. I am not sure who they are yet, but if I find out, should I inform them of the security risks which that poses or are there any legal ...
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What countries have strong data protection laws?

Many answers on this site and other security-related websites state that one should host sensitive data in a country with strong data protection laws. What countries are these, and how is this ...
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Is using netcat illegal? [closed]

Is using netcat to connect with a server that one does not own, illegal? For example, using netcat to connect with a web server and querying GET / HTTP/1.1 etc. I am asking this question because ...
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Encryption Laws in India

Is cryptography legal in India? If yes, then what type of encryption is not allowed?
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Is there a way my organization can collect clients' sensitive documents without being liable for them? [closed]

I am the head of IT for a microlending organization. We make small loans to new businesses, and as such we have to collect these clients' tax returns and other financial data as part of the ...
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Are Keystroke and Click Loggers Legal? [closed]

I worked with the firewall "Nobero" which is paid and bit expensive. It is a complete Network Firewall including groups policy, banning URLs and social sites. But It has a feature of tracking users' ...
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Are internal patient identifiers considered PHI under HIPAA?

We use GUIDs to internally to identify patients in our system. I'm having a debate with our regulatory people on whether these identifiers can be used in query strings to REST calls. They are ...
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Data security is not perfectly possible, laws exist but no one uses them. What is missing on international level? [closed]

In my country (Austria) I was a member of the team that made laws for protecting the personal data of every person. In the meantime I realise that we have the laws but nobody claims them in ...
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what is today allowed, when I travel to USA? [closed]

Is there a list of prohibited devices, for travellers, when they travel as normal citizen into the USA, for a maximum of 3 months into USA ? Is it prohibited to carry the following in a bag: notebook, ...
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Section 37 of the United Kingdom's computer misuse act

Section 37 of the United Kingdom's computer misuse act states you are not allowed to produce, obtain or supply articles which can be used for computer misuse. How do UK information security bloggers ...
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What is the current U.S. law regarding the building of and deployment of honeypots? [closed]

I have lots of links to information on the topic that I've gathered published since the mid-2000s and this SANS document has always been my goto: ...
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Is there any benefit to login to a website as anonymously as possible, if you've already been there from an identifiable IP address?

Here's a basic example of the situation I am in: 1.Friend downloads full-length, new release movie on shady internet site (felony). 2.Uploads it to a randomly created, cloud hosting service account ...
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Legality of writing exploits for educational purposes (USA, Canada) [closed]

Is it legal for me to write a small exploit (possibly to a closed issue) and put it up on the internet for everyone to see (as a tutorial)? I have been researching the legality of exploiting ...
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Is CloudKit or iCloud suitable for storing PII?

iCloud is Apple's storage technology that copies data from one iPhone and shares it with every other device. CloudKit is a similar technology that allows (from what I can tell) the partial ...
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Is it legal to start a private website for you and your friends to hack? [closed]

My friends have expressed an interest in hacking, but we don't want to do anything illegal, and considered CTF365, but it was WAY to expensive. Is it possible/legal for one of us to create a private ...
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Can a school legally access an account that a student logged in to at school? [closed]

Is this scenario legal, A school has a few public computers that can be used. The only browsers that are installed are chrome and internet explorer, and the entire network is man-in-the-middled. ...
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Should a password ever be presented in plain text to a user (On a website)? Is this illegal under UK Data protections act? [closed]

There is a website I use at work, external to our own. They have just presented with every employee with their plain text password and username via our internal website which requires our own logins. ...
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Who is responsible for a compromised computer? [closed]

In light of the recent public hacks on public systems, is there any culpability for the owner of a compromised system? Two examples: The owner is a large public company that leaks sensitive ...
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Web/App vulnerability responsibility [closed]

While auditing a few web apps and websites I uncovered a few serious vulnerabilities which I've since flagged (responsibly, of course). One of the things I noticed was that several development ...
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How do I avoid drawing the ire of the Department of Homeland Security when prepping to run my RPG? [closed]

So I'm running a long-standing role-playing game wherein the players' characters in the game are unknowningly working for another character who wants access to the data of the United States ...
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Has 100+USD, accidentally [closed]

Yesterday, I just visit a shopping site which use serial payment method and I type in some serials randomly then my account have 100USD; I just want to 'test' that website (for the bug bounty), is my ...
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Has a plaintext password ever been used in a court of law as evidence to a crime?

Regardless of how the password was obtained (decryption, bad hashing, confession): Are there any prior known cases where the contents of the password was used to prove motive or guilt? Or, looking ...
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Why does every site makes me acknowledge cookie usage? [closed]

In the last year or so every other site on the net started showing different kinds of notification that they're using cookies and I should be aware of it. The sheer number of different sites doing ...
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Is attempting mySQL injection illegal? [closed]

I was testing an SQL injector I made in Java and the site I tested it on said 'Detected security breach attempt' blah blah blah. Is what I did illegal or not? I have found different opinions and ...
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Is it legal to “use” security vulnerabilities [closed]

I understand that the answer to questions like this depend on country, but I'd like to get an idea what the usual approach to cases like this are. Heres the case: I found a security hole in one of ...
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Penetration testing's terms of agreement template

My company is going to start to provide penetration testing services pretty soon, in fact, we are just missing the legal aspects of it. I'm wondering if is there any template which states the most ...
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Traveling abroad with encryption software on my computer [closed]

I have software installed on my computer that has encryption capabilities. This is the case both for things like VPN/SSL, and also GPG. I don't really use GPG (there are not that many people I can use ...
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Are files hosted on cloud servers/websites/databases manually checked by people?

I was wondering ... when I upload a file to, say, Dropbox, does anybody personally check it to see what it is? Say I upload a copy of my Blu-ray movie to cloud storage ... will anyone check, and ...
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Content of a penetration testing authorization

Recently I conducted a penetration testing where I used the following text as authorization: Penetration testing authorization During a penetration testing is possible that: The ...
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Is it legal to create a remote administration tool? [closed]

I'm planning to make a simple remote administration tool with the basic features that are available on all other rats in the market. However, I'm really worrying about legal issues after marketing it. ...
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Does SMIME differ from TLS, PGP, DMARC signature, or a Portal Encrypted email message in terms of legal non-repudiation?

I'm interested in protecting email messages from NSA-style snooping, but don't want to incur additional legal risk in doing so. In other words, does SMIME encryption and/or signing cause a given ...
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Are VPNs/proxies legal? [closed]

Are VPNs/proxies (and VPN/proxy software such as Tunnelblick and Hola) legal in the U.S., assuming that you are doing legitimate activities on the Internet (i.e. nothing illegal)?
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Is it illegal to publish an exploit against a known vulnerability in US?

Is it illegal to publish an exploit against a known vulnerability in US? The exploit could be published in one's blog or places like exploit-DB. It seems that in countries like Germany and France such ...
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Can I save & store a user's data in a way that proves that the information has not been altered, and that the timestamp is accurate?

There are many situations where the validity of the timestamp attached to a certain post (submission of information) might be invaluable for the post owner's legal usage. I'm not looking for a service ...
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How does a GSM triangulation work? [closed]

A have always been told that to get a geolocation of mobile phones there is the need 'ping' it with at least three cells. So actually, a standard and basic triangulation would just get from three ...
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Are legal notices in a login banner legally significant in terms of computer misuse?

Is there any case-law where having or not having a legal notice (example here) in the login banner of a system of nay kind made a difference in prosecution? The question is in consideration both of ...
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What companies drive around recording license plates? What do they do this for and on what grounds are they able to do so, legally speaking?

A friend shared a "security service" he just read about. Apparently the product is in beta and can thus be tried by anyone right now. I found it very interesting and surprising. I'm curious to know ...
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major US cybersecurity laws/policies since 2000? [closed]

I am reading Cybersecurity and Cyberwar by P.W. Singer, and trying to tie the subject in with a government class project. I am looking laws and policies regarding cyberspace or cyber security, passed ...
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Is there a maximum allowed key size in the USA?

I've heard that using encryption outside military use has been illegal for a long time in the USA. However, I've also heard that when the regulation was updated, limits were put on encryption strength ...