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Where is the Line? [closed]

A comment posted on one of my questions the other day raised a question in my head. I know that many site admins appreciate users reporting bugs and security holes, and as a user I appreciate people ...
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Contents retrieved from a not protected url from content owner's server. Legal? [closed]

Is legal to use contents retrieved from a not protected url (no authentication involved, just a public accessible URL) from the content owner's server? Is legal to distribute urls pointing to that ...
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Is it possible to make a “proof of anteriority” for sites content?

Given a site that publishes unique content online and given that there are lots of site scrapers and persons stealing content and reposting it as their own, inevitably you will have the same content ...
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Tell and sell a (web app) vulnerability legally

If someone discover an unknown vulnerability for a given online service or website, is there a decent way to sell it directly to the concerned entity.
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Is there any reason in particular encryption keys aren't arbitrarily large?

It's my understanding that the more bits an encryption key has, the longer it takes to break the encryption. What is the down side of having a larger encryption key or why don't we see keys of size ...
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Is it legal to publish viticim's password and email?

With so many identities stolen last ten years, we know a bunch of emails and a bunch of passwords. Are the two following databases legal under the US federal laws? Publish a database which victim's ...
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Should digital forensics examiners avoid the term “evidence” outside legal proceedings? [closed]

This is what the authors of the book "Digital Forensics with Open Source Tools" say about the term evidence: The examiner reveals the truth of an event by discovering and exposing the remnants of ...
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What are the implications of running a TOR non-exit relay node?

Intuitively, running a non-exit TOR node should bring the benefit of plausible deniability that a packet originated from your device. Unlike exit nodes however, you would not have to worry about ...
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Encrypted chat using any smartphone. Is it legal? [closed]

Here's my case. We have written app for Android smartphones which allows users to exchange secured cipher messages. For key-exchange we're using elliptic curve 112 bits, for messaging we're using DES ...
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Export Restriction of wrapper for existing crypto library

I am creating a packaged C++ library for creating http/https clients/servers. As part of that, I am planning on using either the botan (http://botan.randombit.net/) or openssl tls wrappers. My ...
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In the SilkRoad takedown, what does it mean “An IP address was leaking” in Tor?

According to the official complaint, on Page 28 they mention: on May 24, 2013, a Silk Road user sent him a private message warning him that "some sort of external IP address" was "leaking" from ...
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Is it illegal to use Fake User-agents? [closed]

Is it illegal to impersonate user-agents when you are crawling a website? If so, what and how a legal action can be taken against the faking requester? Is this law applies only for crawlers or a user ...
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Avoid being implicated in criminal activity when using Tor

What steps does a Tor user need to take to ensure that he or she doesn't become implicated in other Tor users' criminal activity? For example, I recently came across a Tech Republic article by ...
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Which cloud providers can be used for the simulation of DDoS attacks? [closed]

Cloud providers have a great infrastructure to perform DDoS simulations. You can get thousands of virtual machines with different IP addresses, fully customizable with the tools you need for testing. ...
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Germany: Privacy Protection Regulations and Response [closed]

Do privacy protection laws within Germany/EU protect students from gross invasions of privacy? I have reason to believe that through some either permitted or unsanctioned channel my teacher was able ...
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In which country can you host a service which honors privacy?

Recent events like the Lavabit case have shown that it is no loger possible to host a server in the United States and guarantee your users that you will keep their data confidential, because the US ...
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What are some examples of legal action taken as the result of a security breach? [closed]

As of late, there's been lots of reports of companies losing data due to "hackers". More often than not, this just boils down to lax security. I am looking for concrete examples of a breech where ...
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NaCl: US Export Regulations

I'm in charge of a product security in our US based startup and I plan to use NaCl for encryption (well, Sodium, actually). I'm trying to navigate the labyrinth of US export regualtions - something I ...
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Are voluntary / manual DDoS illegal?

Since DDoS is simply a group of subjects coming together to send requests to a particular server, is it true to say that a voluntary DDoS is perfectly valid and legal in US? By that, I mean that a ...
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Track IP address of criminals [closed]

Quite recently someone had maliciously stolen my pictures and created a fake Facebook and Instagram in my name, with abusive captions under my pictures. However, with the advice from the police, I had ...
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What expectation of privacy is there with US-based vendors with the LavaBit and SilentCircle shutdown?

Lavabit hosts a secure messaging service that was recently shut down. Likewise SilentCircle has preemptively done the same thing with their email-based service. It seems that the justification for ...
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Incentives to Support Adoption of the Cybersecurity Framework

The US White House has just release the subject blog post link here which suggests adoption of this proposed new cyber insurance might be rewarded by liability limitations including "reduced tort ...
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Should we protect web application source code from being stolen by web hosts through obfuscation? [duplicate]

Is it worth to obfuscate a java web app source code so that the web host cannot make wrong use of the code & probably even steal your business. If, so how to deal with this or how to obfuscate ? ...
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Is it acceptable that a skilled professional pentester deletes or modifies sensitive data in production unintentionally during a pentest?

Today I experienced a situation where a person responsible for the security of a company required a pentesting company to withdraw a clause in the contract that says that: "during the pentest there ...
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To get security clearance, do I need to be national of the country?

For example, if I want to apply to a job based in UK which requires security clearance, can I only do so if I'm a British national? What if I'm from another country belonging to the EU?
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US Export Laws (Encryption Cloud Service) [closed]

Okay - so I have been extensively looking into US export/import laws relating to encryption software (5D992), however I have a few questions about the laws and their applicability. So, the laws ...
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Is it legal to hack a website that distribute my copyrighted materials? [closed]

I sell some .pdf files online. But soon they are all over the web because after someone buys the .pdf and puts it on various websites. Is it legal to hack those websites? Are there other ways to ...
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Can I develop an SSH client for iPad in Sweden and sell it in Apple App Store? [closed]

I wonder, if I am allowed to develop an SSH client for distribution through Apple App Store without breaking any export regulations? I don't really know much about the encryption algorithm. Below is a ...
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Have the police placed a bug on my line [closed]

As a pretty dedicated anarchist, rule-breaker and malcontent, I often find myself at odds with the British police. I have been the subject of 3 searches (that I know of) over the last 8 months ...
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Licensing/selling digital certificate to another company

I recently stopped distributing my software, so I no longer use the digital certificate (AKA digital signature) I created for it. A couple of days ago, a large software company offered to buy the ...
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Is it legal to find bugs on a website and report them to the website's owner? [closed]

I'm from Canada, and I'd like to know one thing. I know a bug on one website. I'm not sure if it's legal here to search for bugs on a website and NOT use them; instead, tell its company about it.
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How to minimize your fingerprint, or become invisible on the web? [duplicate]

With all of these news stories about the government reading emails and snooping information from other sources, what are ways to minimize or eliminate an organization's ability to actually track and ...
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Can a VPN avoid the Prism Surveillance Programme?

This is causing me major concern and i can understand it is for a lot of users as well. I have nothing to hide but it's the moral aspect of snooping which has ticked me off. Can a VPN avoid the ...
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What are the implications of NSA surveillance on the average internet user?

It would appear as though the tinfoil hat-wearing were vindicated today, as news broke of the true scale of the U.S. government's surveillance of its citizens' online activities, conducted primarily ...
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Considerations for information exchange agreement between governmental agencies

Question: When drafting an information exchange agreement between governmental agencies what security related sections should be considered for inclusion? Example agreements? What is the security ...
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How can I punish a hacker?

I am a small business owner. My website was recently hacked, although no damage was done; non-sensitive data was stolen and some backdoor shells were uploaded. Since then, I have deleted the shells, ...
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What access does UK Police currently have to ISP logs, and what information can said logs provide?

I'm currently researching a novel that has a crime element that centres around Internet-exclusive relationships and I would appreciate any help you might be able to offer regarding how much access the ...
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Why can't the police/government shut down black market websites? [duplicate]

I've been told that black market websites that have pretty much every drug, guns and all sorts of illegal things for sale don't actually exist on the internet, and I was then told some lengthy ...
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Is it illegal to test a website and report the security bugs to them? [closed]

I am doing testing on some websites and I have found some serious bugs in those sites. I am not sure if this is legal or not. Is it ever legal? How can I find out if it's legal where I live? What ...
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For a Broker/Dealer, what technology is appropriate to limit transaction to a given state? [closed]

The SEC allows for individuals to not register with them if they don't permit business with users outside of the state: A broker-dealer that conducts all of its business in one state does not ...
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Does PGP key I created and uploaded have any legal value? [closed]

Suppose you done: gpg2 --gen-key ... gpg2 --keyserver pgp.mit.edu --send-keys ... Does such key have any legal meaning, e.g. to assert that it was really me that signed some message? What can be ...
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What certification would be considered equivalent to the U.S.-EU Safe Harbor Framework?

The Safe Harbor website says the following: The European Commission’s Directive on Data Protection went into effect in October of 1998, and would prohibit the transfer of personal data to ...
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Legality and ethics of cryptanalysis on password hashes

I'm working on my dissertation concerning cryptanalysis on password hashes. I'd like to delve into the legal and ethical aspects of cryptanalysis, however, seeing as I'n not at all well versed in law ...
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Penetration testing against an ignorant target - Is it legal? [closed]

I know it's a big no-no in terms of etiquette, but is it illegal in Canada to perform penetration testing against a commercial company without authorization? prompted by: ...
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Law & Ethics - I'm not be breaking the law its the computer [closed]

So it would be illegal to run a metasploit attack against a computer you don't have permission to do so against, right? But what if I configure a web server to nmap scan, then metasploit attack ...
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Is there a law against one email containing both a login and a password?

I see most companies either supply a login or a password in an email, but never both in one email. Is this a "best practice" or is there an actual law that prevents legitimate companies from providing ...
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What defines a 'defense contractor' and what is required to be reported in new US law? [closed]

According to news articles (eg here) the 2013 National Defense Authorization Act, which was signed into US law 2-Jan-2012, apparently requires defense contractors to report intrusions. What defines a ...
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Can I develop SSH-based tools within United States?

It is well known that development of open-source cryptographic tools is very problematic within the United States: all open-source ssh-based software was specifically developed outside of the US of A ...
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Security in the breaking cloud? Storage Wars?

If access to a cloud server instance that stores personal/important information is lost or removed by the provider, is my data protected? Can the provider access my data and copy it, distribute, or ...
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are there any services to test nmap

While playing with nmap, I have started to wonder: are there any ip addresses which were specifically made to learn how to use nmap. (As far as I understood I can not just scan any ip address, ...