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List of notable security breaches [closed]

Is there a list of notable (i.e. those reported in the mainstream media) security issues such as hacks, viruses, worms and any other unauthorized or improper access or use of computers for malicious ...
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How to choose/compromise between data protection, and device recovery?

I'm sure many of you have probably seen (online or in-person) the DEFCON 18 presentation, demonstrating what can happen if you steal a hacker's computer. For those who haven't, the link is below. ...
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Looking for an open risk assessment methodology

I'm looking for a fully open quantitative risk assessment methodology. Most of the methodologies have usage or licensing restrictions placed upon them. I define open as methodology covered by ...
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Is CentOS a good choice from a security perspective?

How secure is the CentOS Linux distribution? I noticed there were times when there were no up-to-date patches for some version of CentOS (e.g., 5.6). I read this on some mailing list that I can't ...
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How do you manage security-related OCD (i.e. paranoia)?

I did a quick google before asking this, and came up with the following article, linked to from Schneier's blog back in 2005. It doesn't really answer my question though. As society has crossed into ...
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Why do sites implement locking after 3 failed password attempts?

I know the reasoning behind not letting infinite password attempts -- brute force attempts is not a meatspace weakness, but a problem with computer security -- but where did they get the number 3 ...
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What risk analysis methodologies should I use?

I've heard of FAIR, and that seems pretty great. What other methodologies are there? How do they work? What are their benefits, and their drawbacks compared to others? When is each appropriate? ...