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The protection of personnel, hardware, programs, networks, and data from physical circumstances and events.

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How would you set up a ‘cold’ netbook for master-key signing, large Bitcoin transactions, etc? [closed]

I've just ordered a cheap-o netbook on Amazon, with the intention of installing a Linux distro, and turning it into a permanently-offline high-security machine for sensitive tasks. However, I'm no ...
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Does the US government protect its physical internet lines in the US?

It seems like there are lots of ways to prevent man in the middle attacks. I've read many on here and on the rest of the internet. According to wiki you need a secure channel as well to completely ...
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Could a hardware keylogger be detected through measuring USB micro voltage?

All in all, hardware keyloggers are harder to detect. But if computers can measure the exact voltage consumption of their peripherals, could a hardware keylogger be detected by comparing the normal ...
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From how far away can passive RFID tags be read?

I have been told in the past that with specialized equipment, passive RFID tags could be read at 1100 feet. This seemed a bit far fetched to me, and sure enough, a quick Google search turned up ...
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Could Google Mail or Google Drive work as a path to a company's network?

I am a newbie to data security and would like to ask few questions related to Google Mail and Google Drive. What I want to know is how these two apps could be used to access a company's network AND ...
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Is it a security threat to have food or drink next to computers [closed]

I have never worked in big organization and I wonder if any of them considers food or drinks a security threat. More than one movie showed the scenario of an operator who accidentally spills tea on ...
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Protecting data on a remote device

Background I have am developing a service which consists in a small headless client device (e.g. OLinuXino) which will contain sensitive data. The device will be plugged to a remote network (maybe ...
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Can Polygraphs be effectively 'beaten'? [closed]

This article suggests that polygraphs are rather rudimentary and thus very susceptible to being 'beaten'. In pop culture we see all the time movies where polygraphs are beaten -but with great ...
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Locating a stolen device

Yesterday my friends Samsung Galaxy S3 was stolen. We have found the perpetrator but cannot yet prove anything. He is uploading photos to social media via the phone. Is there any chance to download ...
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How to protect source code locally when traveling with it [duplicate]

I will be traveling abroad for several weeks on a business trip as a consultant. I will carry a laptop with an IDE and all the necessary source code so I can make changes on site (which is the ...
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Authentication of temporary worker without a badge (physical security) [closed]

In our company we have a procedure to verify internal worker but we cannot use it for temporary worker. We cannot use badges and because of privacy reasons we cannot use any photos. Is there any other ...
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Are all OSes vulnerable to local password reset attacks

It's not that difficult to reset the password of the administrator account in MSWindows when you have local physical access to the machine Same thing applies on any Linux distro, it's possible to ...
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Is there any virus that can cause physical damage [duplicate]

Like damaging a chip on the motherboard, increase the fan's speed till something explodes or anything similar to that. I am not an IT guru but I never came across a malicious code that couldn't be ...
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How to secure a public device against abuse? [closed]

What I mean by public device? E.g. in Germany we have small stations to charge cars powered by electricity. This stations are small towers with a flap. Behind the flap are plugs to connect the tower ...
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How many unique house keys can possibly exist?

A Yahoo! answers user suggested that there are 5^5 possible unique configurations for a physical key, but the answer wasn't sourced. I wondered if anyone had similar numbers for how many possible key ...
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Storing data permanently vs temporarily

My lecturer said that since hard disk space is so cheap these days, most organisations do not delete the data on the disk. Rather, they only logically delete it (remove the link to the data). If this ...
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Best practices for notebook anti-theft. Computer tracking

I am buying a new Thinkpad with an in-built GPS/Cellular modem. I am thinking what are the best practices for making the notebook secure in case of theft. I am planning to do full disk encryption and ...
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Physical vs Logical - Location/Address

According to the CJIS Security Policy - Access Enforcement The information system shall enforce assigned authorizations for controlling access to the system and contained information. The ...
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Physical security - responsible disclosure

I recently discovered a way to bypass a commonly used security seal system, requiring no special equipment and taking only a matter of seconds. I feel obliged to disclose this, so as to avoid the ...
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Are there HIPAA requirements to encrypt our database hosted in AWS

I'm developing Medical Billing & EHR Software. On completion we are planning to use AWS for hosting and thus provide SAAS. Do we need to encrypt the MySQL database in order to keep HIPAA ...
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Can a 'fingerprint' file be used to track a stolen device?

A recent laptop theft, as well as concern that the data upon it might be deliberately accessed (on a drive with encryption or not), head lead me to think about how one might retroactively seek to ...
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What's to stop someone from 3D print cloning a key?

My friend just posted a picture of her key to instagram and it occurred to me that with such a high res photo, the dimensions of the key could easily be worked out. Therefore the key could be ...
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Securing data on a server

I have a server which has 'loose' physical security (somewhat easy for the entire server to get stolen). For the sake of the question, let's assume that anyone can access the server physically, what ...
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ARM Trust ZONE with Normal and Secure World

I am new to Security testing and I am working on 64bit ARM server. We are using ARM TrustZone technology. Is it possible for me to check If i am in Secure world or Normal world. How do I test the ...
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What is a AUTH-KEY in the security of the computers?

I don't know if this is the right section to post my question and if it is not I apologize. I'm studying security in computers and in particular the URL Spoofing. I understand that a form of URL ...
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Is there a value in using portable programs on a USB key?

If I am working writing a text document in a text editor (say notepad or MS word, or ...) then I can save the file and the encrypt this file. I can then try to erase the original file by overwriting ...
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What can be done to prevent disruption of hardware in the event of a powerful solar flare?

I'm under the impression that a sufficiently powerful solar flare can temporarily disrupt and even damage electronics. Are there any practical approaches that one could take to minimize this ...
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Finding hidden cameras

Let's say Alice, Bob, and Mallory all live together in a house. Mallory decides to go on vacation, but before leaving, she decides to play a game with Bob and Alice. She makes two claims: She has ...
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Finding Hidden Keylogger Through Forcing a Computation Error

It must be possible to detect keylogging by close scrutiny of timing between physical keystroke execution and the character's eventual occurrence on the screen. I've had a friend show me this with ...
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valid PDF signature without using hardware HSM or usb Token

I have a DMS system(alfresco) that needs to sign approx 50.000 valid signatures a year. The signing certificate needs to be acquired from one of the affiliated sub-CA's. So according to the Adobe CDS ...
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How hard is it to read flash memory off a chip?

What are the parameters in play, and what is a rough estimate of the hardness of the task of reading the contents of flash memory off a microcontroller? Of course, it is assumed that there is no ...
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Protecting data on an embedded device

I am to release a system-on-chip device that, during its lifetime, will come to store sensitive data. I want to make that data hard to extract or duplicate. Encrypting is good for dealing with MiTM, ...
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Viable way to ruin a milk corporation? [closed]

Hack into their system and change the "Sell by" date so that it is immediately bad. How long do you think until they notice, if you pull it off?
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Is it possible to prevent a physical attack on full disk encryption?

I've been researching into some methods to ensure that disk encryption keys can't be stolen, and one that I've come across is called TRESOR. With this kernel patch, you can create a partition that is ...
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Valid Characters For Magnetic stripe

We bought some Magnetic stripe cards and I'm writing a program that will get talked to by a mag card reader. What I need help with is that I can't, for the life of me, find out what characters are ...
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Is Domain Logins a potential attack vector?

Say you have a windows server that works as a PDC AD box. Is this a potential Attack Vector for a small 20 people buisness? Wouldn't it be better to simply have an encrypted database file with all the ...
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What are the pros and cons of using a password safe instead of writing passwords on paper?

Many companies have policy again writing passwords and paper and I wonder if there reasoning is sound. Is it always better to use a software password safe than writing passwords on paper? Here are ...
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How can I protect myself against programs that turn the webcam on without the indicator light? [duplicate]

Webcams can be turned on without the indicator light: to prevent unwanted use, I wonder whether there exist applications warning that the webcam is being used, or any other kind of protection. ...
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Advanced research in securing development environment when offered via remote access

With this question I am looking for a direction or suggestions towards advanced research that might be going on currently in designing remote access environments for the development environment(DE) ...
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Write-protection at hardware level for security

It seems to me that to maximise server security, one ought - in addition to the usual security measures implemented in software - to prevent the overwriting of certain parts of the server system, such ...
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Network and data security for small online businesses? [closed]

What is the most efficient way of protecting small online business from outside threats. Everything too much expensive is not a solution. I've been looking for good web application firewall and at ...
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How to destroy VOIP phone in a proper way?

Are there any standards which consider safe destroying of VOIP phones? I would like to prevent eventual data leakage after devices which have left the company.
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Is it possible to install spyware in password protected android phone?

I own samsung galaxy y, an android. I suspect my roommate has installed spyware in my phone. Is it possible to install spyware in password protected android phone ?
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Does a PCI DSS category 2x device require the same physical security as a 1a/b?

I am trying to further understand the scope of my environment. I have a group of category 2x devices that are used to manage a category 1b device through a category 2a device. I understand my group ...
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Protecting computers from quick physical access attacks [duplicate]

What steps need to be taken to protect a computer from quick attacks that involve physical access? (Note unlike this question, I'm primarily interested in stopping the attacks, not detecting them; ...
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How to secure my network, laptop, ipad and email accounts which are possibly hacked?

Background Last month I noticed lots of failed emails in my inbox and after few minutes I lost my access to my Yahoo Mail. My friends informed me that they have received spam emails from me. So I ...
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How safe are CD's for Air Gapped computers?

It is often suggested, for air-gapped PC's, to use CD/DVD's as a transfer medium between machines instead of USB sticks or portable hard-drives as it is difficult to write data to a CD/DVD without the ...
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Environmentally friendly ways to destroy hard drives

The best method to prevent others from reading the data on hard drives is to destroy the drives physically: a sledgehammer is a cheap and effective tool to prevent the data from being read again. ...
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What can be done to bridge the Air Gap, except autorun?

What can be done to bridge the Air Gap, except autorun? Is there any hardware butterflies that can attack physically isolated Unix/Linux machine in common usb drives, like VSC (Vendor Specific ...
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Alternate Workstation Lock mechanism

We're all aware of the need for physical security. Everytihng from locks on doors to locking your computer when you leave it. I'm having trouble with some people leaving their stations up as they ...