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Regarding unusual activity in my website [on hold]

As I was looking for a possible way to come out of the issue, all of the sudden I found this webpage where I noticed that someone was talking about the issue which was created from the same place of ...
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Is there any meaning in only allowing port 80 and 443 today?

It's become standard fare for security minded organisations to block everything other than 80 and 443. As a result, more and more applications (other than web browsers) are learning to use these ports ...
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secure use of psexec?

As of March 7, 2014 PsExec now "encrypts all communication between local and remote systems, including the transmission of command information such as the user name and password under which the remote ...
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Is AES-GCM length extension attack possible using authenticated decryption?

I am looking to encrypt a piece of data using AES-GCM with a full 16-byte GCM Tag and send it over the network using UDP. Is it safe to assume using the AEAD nature of AES-GCM that performing ...
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Why study Information Security? [closed]

This question might be considered as overly general, but it has occupied my mind lately. I have decided to study Information Security (to be more particular, 'Networked Systems Security') at ...
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How The Sony Hack Was Traced, and So Quickly? [closed]

What are the steps that are required to locate a source that have routed their traffic through multiple zombie hosts, spanning multiple networks/carrier/nations?
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Only HTTP(S) port is open. Why do I need to worry about unpatched software?

Unpatched software poses no risk by themselves. They're only problematic when someone exploits it. How could malware get into my system if I do have unpatched software in general and I'm connected to ...
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Why is browsing while logged onto a VPN from public wifi more secure than not?

I've been trying to wrap my brain around VPNs for a while now, but can't find a good source that answers the questions I have. In particular, I can't understand why browsing from a public access ...
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How are computers identified across networks?

IP addresses are assigned to computers when they connect to the internet and change depending on your location. However, I read that your computer also has an address that doesn't change. So, when ...
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Connecting trusted and untrusted networks

We have two domains that are isolated. First domain is the Corp LAN, the second is an hostile untrusted network with untrusted clients that could contain malware. Clients on the untrusted network ...
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When do I use IPsec tunnel mode or transport mode?

I basically understand how tunnel mode and transport mode works, but I don't know when I should use one instead of another. Among the two parties who want to communicate, if one computer B doesn't ...
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Is HTTPS redirecting to HTTP a vulnerability?

Let's say a user is authenticated, and the entire account authentication process happened under secure HTTPS. Upon successful login, the user is redirected back to the homepage. However, the homepage ...
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Does having a VPN service mean accessing my email etc. over public free open WiFi mean I have security/privacy? [duplicate]

Is my information secure over public WiFi if I use a VPN service? i.e. protection of emails and login details.
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How to hide my ip and browsing history from others on my network?

I need to hide my activity and IP address from those I share this network with. I'm unsure if a VPN will serve my needs, because I'm not concerned about the sites I access tracking me. I'm concerned ...
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What Man-made Physical Threat Could Pose Severe Danger to a Server Farm?

I am writing a novel in which a researcher attempts to work against a study he is a part of by purposely sabotaging operations on the research compound. I am wondering if the following is plausible. ...
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Strange device in routers client list

Due to a high number of clients connected to one of my routers I recently changed it's password and reboot it. I also disabled WPS. The router is a ZyXEL Prestige 660. After the reboot the client ...
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What are the risks to a network if a single computer is compromised?

If I open up a dedicated server on my home network to accept incoming connections (HTTP, SSH, etc) and that machine is compromised by an outside attacker, what are the risks to other devices on the ...
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Can a neighbour who installed my router access it?

I have a bit of a security concern. I'm concerned that my neighbor sees everything on my computer, web sites I have visited, my passwords, etc. Background: He installed a Linksys router in my house ...
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VPN Security in inner network [closed]

I am looking to a setup a VPN connection from one server to another. On one end there is a server for video monitoring that works with all the information gathered and sends it further (Server A). On ...
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What are the advantages to using a VPN over secured/trusted wifi

It's often recommended that you should use a VPN when using unsecured or untrusted networks, such as open public wifi or secured wifi that you don't control. What are the advantages to using a VPN on ...
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Redeploying multiple Secure sites on a single server

This may not be a great site for this question. I basically have approximately 10 VPS instances running a secured website each, each with their own SSH connection to a hosted Database. What I'm ...
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How to know what others browse through the network?

My friend connected to WIFI and after 5 minutes he told me which sites I had actually been browsing, and who I chat with. My question is: how do I defend myself against this, and also how did he do ...
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WLCTL protocol detected by sniffer in an Android tablet

I detected that my rooted Android tablet had a slow connection. Trying to find what is taking the bandwith, I installed a firewall (DroidWall) and I blocked all the applications thinking that one of ...
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Is there a way to block all TOR traffic incident on my public servers?

I don't want any connections coming from a tor network to be accepted by my servers.
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Unsecured Guest access on Macbook Pro

I am concerned that my personal, home based Macbook Pro guest network access may be being used by an outside source. Is there a way for me to identify user access, time logged in / out, etc?
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What Mechanisms Keep Network Processes (and Applications) Sandboxed

This question stems from my other question, sorry if it is too similar. Now I would like to know what mechanism is used to sandbox network processes and (if relevant) individual programs, if at all? ...
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How to get a Network's WIFI Password through CMD?

I found that Wifi's Password can be retrived using the network and sharing wizard in Windows, And Technicaly theres no way to store Passwords/collection of bytes in the memory after switching/shutting ...
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Problem setting up two Wi-Fi module for two way communication [migrated]

I have two Wi-Fi modules (Moxa AWK 3131) from MOXA. I am trying to set up these two modules in such a way that they can talk to each other. I have connected them as follows, I have configured the ...
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What's a least-privilege way to allow node.js to access network adapters on Linux?

Linux naturally restricts all but superuser from pulling traffic directly from network adapters. In the case of Wireshark/dumpcap, setuid root is used ONLY for dumpcap, restricting the privileges ...
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Basic question about why it's useful to have VPN encrypt traffic

There may be a basic flaw in my understanding of how the internet works so sorry if this is a simple question. What type of attack does VPN protect against? For example if a local area network (let's ...
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Find the destination script of an inbound TCP connection on our shared webserver

We have a shared webserver which is being monitored constantly by our ZABBIX agent. On some hours of day we have unusual TCP traffic on port 80. Lets say we have over 400 connections from IP address ...
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How much of a risk to students is an open WiFi network on campus? EDIT: please read in full.

I've been battling bureaucracy at my community college for months on this issue; a few months ago, they changed security on the SSID for students; It used to use EAP, allowing students to enter their ...
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Is it possible that authorities can't block a certain website

I was watching a very recent TV show, the FBI agent told the police that there is no way for anybody to block a live stream of a pedophile torturing a kid nor to trace it. Even when it's being ...
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iptables intercept received packet with proxy and then forward to destination

Lets say I receive internet through my eth1 port and share it via hotspot to other devices (wlan0 port) [internet]----(eth1)[my computer](wlan0 hotspot) | ...
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What are the risks of making ether-wake available to all users?

The Linux ether-wake utility, which creates a magic packet to wake on lan another machine, requires root access: $ether-wake 12:34:56:78:9A:BC ether-wake: This program must be run as root. To give ...
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How to be sure that downloaded file is correct? [duplicate]

Last week I read a lot about security. I have a basic understanding how public keys or private keys works. But I still have a lot of questions I can't find an answer. Right now I'm interested in ...
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How Secure are Virtual Networks [duplicate]

When using a Virtual Network, is it possible to infect the underlying Network infrastructure with malware from the Virtual Network. How safe is the use of Virtual Networks?
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What is my router listening for on ports 5555 and 3333? [closed]

I recently discovered nmap and pointed it at my router out of curiosity. It found that ports 3333 and 5555 are open but doesn't recognise either service. I investigated and found: I can successfully ...
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What security implications are there when sending video feed over unknown applications, and how can we protect ourselves?

This might sound broad -- but it has to be considering the details are truly unknown. Context: Our university (and many more) have begun rolling out mandatory webcam recording for certain portions of ...
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Local AP - Outside Router MitM Attack?

Let's say that we have our computer inside the local network. Our local network is connected to the Internet by AP+Router that connects to the router in other network which is connected to the ISP. ...
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How to sniff [possibly encrypted] TDS protocol data from the host the client application is installed on?

Let's say, there is an .NET application on a windows 7 host where I have administrator's access rights. The application works with remote MS-SQL server which I don't control, it also seems that the ...
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Sticky keys on RDP

A recent report on page 18 states that: [black hats] have even leveraged [systems administration tools] as a means of maintaining additional persistence via setting “sticky keys” for RDP sessions. ...
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What is same site scripting and what are some exploit scenarios?

I know it is an issue with how DNS is configured , but is it really dangerous if the attacker couldn't access your network?
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Browser gives access to root directory through “/” [closed]

If I put a '/' on my browser I have full access of my root directory. I have tried the same thing on another computer and it didn't work. So, I'm trying not to be paranoid but this is too strange. I ...
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Is it even possible to hack a television channel?

In spite of all the hacking news in the recent few years I never heard of someone who managed to hack a TV channel. What makes them so secure?
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Shared Database and PCI Compliance

Say we have a cloud based web application which is SaaS. This application is to be made PCI compliant as a service provider, as client card data passes through the application. This application uses a ...
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Does access to a BISmark router mean access my network?

Project BISmark aims to measure broadband service by recording and reporting on service using OpenWRT-based router firmware (software licensing unclear, no LICENSE or COPYING files in the repos) with ...
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Anonymity through Tor over VPN [closed]

I want to do some research on network anonymity. Assume that I am careful enough not to disclose any personal information while connected to an anonymous network. If I run a system that uses TOR ...
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If I connect to VPN through proxy, who can see what?

I try to understand what happens when I use an HTTP(S) proxy in my OpenVPN client configuration. What's the advantage of an HTTPS proxy over plain HTTP? In any case the encryption takes place on the ...
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Communication between two open endpoints, is this secure enough?

I'm building a (very simple) tool to communicate between two servers. I started by asking if there was a better alternative than making a home made scripts and we came to the conclusion that for ...