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How does the Copyright Alert System work? Who has implemented it?

Some ISPs are participating in a Copyright Alert System that notifies content authors of violations of their copyright. I'm concerned how this oversight relates to my private traffic, and what laws ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 scanning a site directory considered illegal penetration testing?

Does anyone know if using Dirbuster [link] to scan for unlisted directories and their contents is (possibly) legal in say the US?
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Hacking / Penetration Testing Laws

Is it illegal to post tutorials and articles on hacking related things? In particular in the UK. For example would it be illegal under this law? http://www.legislation.gov.uk/ukpga/1990/18/section/3A ...
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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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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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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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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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What are legal/ethical concerns to bear in mind, when hacking websites with open invitations?

I was reading another question which mentions a site that had a page inviting people to try to hack it, and it made me wonder. Lets assume, for the sake of this rather hypothetical question, that a ...
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At what point does “hacking” become illegal? (US)

Hypothetical situation: before I hire a web development company I want to test their ability to design secure web apps by viewing their previous client's websites. Issue: this situation raises a big ...
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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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Sourcing hardware that is least likely to contain backdoors

I understand that CPU silicon (for example) is scrutinized for backdoors but there are other aspects of a computer system that may "leak data" to the outside world unbeknownst to the owner regardless ...
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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 ...
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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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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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Techniques for ensuring verifiability of event log files

Bit of newbie at the whole forensics stuff - but I'm trying to find out what I should have in place before an attack. While there is no end of material on the internet about forensics from seizure ...
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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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Can ECC be used without infringing on patents?

Can ECC (Elliptic Curve Cryptography) be safely used without infringing on Certicom's patents? I would like to make use of ECC in an embedded system to establish a secure channel. But, I am concerned ...
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Why have export controls for cryptography?

I've always heard someone justify the means for export restrictions with "it's for governmental control/spying". In most reasonable countries, the justice system asks people to adhere to the "spirit ...
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What regulations *require* multi-factor authentication?

What industries require multi-factor authentication? Please include the following information: Country Industry Regulation name Additional information as you see relevant. Some additional ...
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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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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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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 ...