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

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Do I need to secure a computer from physical attacks when attackers can already harm in many other ways?

Recently, I was working on a computer system for a model railroad club. This computer system is capable of monitoring and controlling the positions of all the (physical) trains which could be ...
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Can law enforcement track a criminal through dynamic IP address?

I ask because a week ago my home was broken into and, among other things, my iMac computer was stolen. I am desperate to get it back because it has all the pictures of my daughters from the last ...
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Securing the security guy's home office: what should we do?

I read an article in the latest InfoSecurity magazine (an infosec trade rag by Elsevier) saying that us security professionals aren't necessarily taking the correct steps to protect our own home ...
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What are the security implications of a dead laptop?

My laptop recently died. I've got a replacement, and I've already pulled both hard drives out of the old one and ensured that there's no disc in the DVD drive. As far as I know, that should ...
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Disable USB keyboard pluggability on MacBook

I'm concerned about USB devices being physically attached to my MacBook laptop when I am about to unlock my computer or while my computer is unlocked. My threat model involves an attacker who is ...
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What is a AUTH-KEY in the security of the computers?

I'm studying security in computers and in particular the URL Spoofing. I understand that a form of URL spoofing is phishing. Then I read that a countermeasure against phishing is the authentication ...
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Is there a cryptographic function that generates a reconizable visual pattern?

I have to build a system that will ultimately print a pass allowing access to a building. The validation of this ticket will be done manually (it can also be automatic but that's not likely at this ...
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How do Travel Sentry locks work? (supposedly openable only by security agencies)

Apparently Travel Sentry locks can only be opened: by their owner, by the TSA, CATSA and "other security agencies". How do they work technically? Is there some electronics embedded with ...
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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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Security software to shutdown PC unless specific approach? [closed]

For future refence: In light of answers and critique, my question should have been: 1. How does one make sure a physical attacker with access to a powered, but locked FDE PC fails his/hers attempt to ...
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How can someone sniff dial-up connection using phone line?

Let's assume we have a computer that sends packets to the internet using dial-up connection, and we have access to the analog data on the phone line(we have access to the phone line), how can we make ...
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Should I wipe a brand new Machine and HDD ?

So I am buying a brand new machine and a HDD separate, when I buy this new HDD should I wipe it before I install it ? What necessary steps should I take to make sure it's pretty much clean of any ...
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Risk of spyware on seized devices

This question (Prevention measures against laptop seizure at US borders) addresses a number of techniques for securing data while crossing borders. Perhaps the most useful advice was to simply not ...
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What is the most security benefit of a clean desk policy?

Starting to study for Security+ using Darril Gibson's book I took the pre-exam and one of the latest questions is “What is the most security benefit of a clean desk policy?” The choices are: ...
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Can I add a new user to an unencrypted Windows installation from a Windows installation disk?

I recall hearing this before, the ability to boot up a Windows PC with an unencrypted hard drive using an installation disk/usb, and use the command line utility on the Windows installation disk to ...
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In what cases can overly strict security policies be detrimental to organisations?

In a philosophical sense is heterogeneous security, a system where people are given more autonomy, better than security policies/procedures written in stone? I've worked at some companies where ...
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Can a connected USB device read all data from the USB bus?

Is it possible for a (malicious) (hardware) USB device to access all the data that is transferred through the USB bus and then read/store this information, essentially sniffing all transferred data? ...
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Destroying sensitive partition

I've got multiple partitions on a computer, one for basic, day to day user stuff, and one for pentesting and security. The pentesting partition is encrypted. Could anyone give me, and everyone else, a ...
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Is it possible to turn a computer into a bomb?

I know this newspaper article sounds absurd. Even if a machine is compromised we (should) have hardware safe guards in all our devices to prevent the software from damaging the hardware. But is it ...
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How to handle decomissioned/donated/RMAed printers?

Printers, nowadays, almost always include some form of non-volatile storage that keep tracks of pretty much everything that went through the device. In the case of larger, "departmental" system that ...
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High-frequency noise deterrents

I've found that walking past certain boutique stores in my city that some places have installed very loud high-frequency noise generators. These cause a fair amount of discomfort for passers by that ...
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Information Security classification [closed]

I've been interested in IT security for a bit (~1 year) and had a bit of experience with NSM as well as web security. I want to have an overview of the entire industry, with all relevant niches and ...
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Vetting new IT development staff [closed]

In the realm of software development what would be the best way to vet prospective employees? We handle potentially sensitive information, and a code base which could be potentially lucrative to ...
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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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Ensuring security of a Disaster Recovery Plan

The Disaster Recovery Plan (DRP) is a document that outlines, in detail, the actions that should be taken to restore systems & files in the event of a catastrophe. The fact that these plans hold ...
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Can an employer access Whatsapp messages if you are using their servers?

Does anyone know if an employer can access whatsapp messages if you are using their servers? Whatsapp apparently say the messages are encrypted, but I'm not sure about this.
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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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How do I protect security camera footage from an adversary?

I am interested in installing a security camera in my car, but I am worried about an adversary gaining physical access to the camera, and destroying the footage; leaving me with no evidence. ...
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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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Prevent hacking with known IP address and router information on Ubuntu 14.04 LTS [closed]

I’ve had it! It is the second time that a “hacker” (A hacker or should I say thief) has had access to my Ubuntu 14.04 LTS system. The person that I suspect has had physical access to my pc because he ...
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Synchronizing secret codes on two different devices? [duplicate]

I was reading an article about how keyless entry systems for automobiles prevent people from recoding the signal and replaying it to open someone's car. In the article they describe the process as ...
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High Level NSA Target, Help/Feasibility [closed]

I would like to know the feasibility of certain kinds of attacks. To be clear, assume the target is a high-level priority of the NSA. Is an OS such as tails useless against root-kits/keyloggers, ...
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If an ATM is stolen, how easy can the personal information of the users be recovered?

ATMs get occasionally stolen. How easy would be for the thiefs to retieve the PINs and other information of the users that have previously used the ATM? Is there a periodic wipe of all ...
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Are keys or RFID tags more secure access control solutions?

Just musing to myself, what is the preferable access control mechanism in high security environments? Locks and Keys or RFID tags? Going under the assumption that the locks/keys are not knoow to be ...
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Any way to prove that two devices are in the same physical space, for authentication?

I need to come up with digital proof that two physical devices are in the same (approximate) location whenever that transaction occurs. This could be: A digital ID and the authenticator A consumer ...
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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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Is there any way to tell if CCTV is on or not?

Is there any way that an attacker can identify if a CCTV camera is on/operational without direct physical access to the cable/camera? If it is on, is there any way an attacker can tell if its being ...
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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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good product to physical lock down a mac mini server?

Since the recent theft of a mac mini and macbook pro Im looking into products to lock down the mac mini server 2011 model. There are many cable solutions out there like kensington but the mac mini has ...
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Are powerline ethernet adapters inherently secure?

I have 2 Zyxel PLA407 powerline adapters. Router is downstairs connected to one adapter, other adapter is upstairs about 30 feet away connected to a desktop. I have a house, not an apartment or ...
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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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How can I prevent someone from carrying out a file from a machine

Assume the following scenario: You have to set up a machine in a way that a user is unable to bring out a certain set of files (or a single file only) from that machine while he has to be able to ...
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Risk when attacker has only physical access to a computer's USB port

Attacker has only access to USB port and can either attach a device or pen-drive to a computer, that can be on or off. Imagine a scenario where non-reliable people have access to offices, either ...
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How do I start securing a virtual appliance to avoid manipulation? [closed]

We have created an amateur software product related with monitoring and management of specific services. It has been made in Python and runs a web service as frontend to show the data in a nice way ...
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Securing sesitive data from developers

I have an enterprise application running that uses both MySQL and Mongodb datastores. My development team all have ssh access to the machine in order to perform application releases, maintenance etc. ...
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Can a lock picker slowly undermine the security of a deadbolt door?

I have a space for computers secured with a simple deadbolt. Someone keeps coming to pick the lock. While working there, I have scared them away three times. There are cameras, but not in useful ...
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Is there is a reason for data-cables shredding?

Just to make sure, is there is a reason for shredding any type of data cables? Is it OK to throw them away just as they are? Thanks.
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Can I ever hope to be secure using a cell phone or any mobile device? [closed]

I love my phone, it's small, I can bring it everywhere, I can access the wealth of human knowledge online, and do so much more. But with the recent light of the NSA and other world government ...
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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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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 ...