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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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Copyright Issue? [closed]

Few months ago, I have created a few icons for my app and after copyrighting them, I published them on my website. I clearly stated on my website that it is illegal to use my icons for commercial or ...
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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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What jurisdiction do DNS root servers and corresponding TLDs have?

We are setting up DNSSec and want to document risks that relate to the core root servers, their binding keys, and the next level DNS TLD. Since there is history saying that the US Government owns ...
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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 ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Best way to report a foreigner attacker's ip to authorities?

I have been under attack last week and I was able to trace down the attacker and get his IP address. The attacker was located in Germany but I live out of Europe? From your experience what is the ...
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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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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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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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Encryption laws in India — is it allowed to use ssh and VPN?

I have a very similar question to the one asked here (regarding Iran). However, I would like to use ssh and vpn while being in India. I found already this survey of cryptographic laws but I don't ...
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What makes it illegal to use the information learned by exploiting a bug?

According to news reports, arrests have already been made in relation to the Heartbleed bug. It sounds like this person managed to gain access to the website's database by capturing the credentials ...
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Does analyst API Flurry break Australian Privacy Act or any other Legal, Regulations, Compliance?

I want introduce Flurry API in my iOS app. But I heard since 2014 Australia start an act to against web page and mobile app to collect user information. My question is simple: Does using of API ...
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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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What happens with a subpoena and a system designed to protect itself from you?

After reading about the recent Dropbox issue I'm starting to wonder if they could legally keep their initial promise. Lets say that you're like Dropbox or Lastpass and you store users' information in ...
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Privacy vs monitoring cyber crime [closed]

So , how does the police find/monitor criminals' actions (eavesdropping) that do cyber crime(pornography , drug trafficking etc..) without breaking their privacy, and succesfully catch em and provide ...
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How could police identify digital contraband and charge someone if it's encrypted with keys?

For example, say I am transferring heavily-encrypted DVD/Blu-ray movies/game copies over the internet. However, I am using double or (+) encryption with keys required to decrypt the file using an ...
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How can an ISP throttle encrypted connections? [closed]

I have had experience with an ISP that slows down all encrypted connections (down to an average 20-35 KBps) I was wondering if a) this is legal b)how can they do it and c) is there a way to bypass it. ...
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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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Legality of downloading leaked hashes / attempt cracking [closed]

Note: I realize there is no legally binding talk hereinafter. There are lots of leaked password hashes on the internet. Twitter searches for "hash dump" pull back tons of links, generally from "deep ...