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Can malware bridge external storage HW power-off switches?

Right now I have a backup setup which involves a 3.5" external USB-HDD with a seperate power-supply (as is usual for such drives). This HDD is internally a standard SATA HDD with USB+Power wrappers. ...
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Can data be restored from a hard drive after using magnets to wipe the data?

Can a 512GB SATA hard disk be successfully restored after using magnets to wipe off it's data? From the movie: "The Core", https://youtu.be/g3KPSyNxnL8, rat using magnets to wipe his drive and puts ...
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How to identify and patch a hardware vulnerability?

Software and systems vulnerabilities are often patched with updates, or by avoiding the use of some OS or softwares that have multiple flaws. Regarding hardware vulnerabilities, I do not have a lot of ...
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Samsung SSD 840/850 EVO with DiskCryptor?

Samsung's 840/850 EVO SSDs have hardware full disk encryption feature, however the stock disk management app (Magician) only mentions BitLocker's support. Encrypted Drive feature provided by ...
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Can a JTAG device be attached to a running system?

JTAG, or Joint Test Action Group, is a standard for debugging. Many modern motherboards, both on mobile devices and on desktops and workstations have JTAG ports. They allow a CPU to be controlled like ...
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Why aren't hardware R/W switches used to defend hard drives?

ISTR back in the early days of (build your own) PCs having an old 486 PC with two hard drives, and hacking the "Turbo" switch on the front panel (remember those?) to be a read-protect switch for ...
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Is a reversible microphone kill switch in hardware plausible? [closed]

I'm forking this from this question, to which I gave a partial answer. These folks claim that their hardware includes a physical kill switch for the internal microphone that reversibly interrupts the ...
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Cases where DBAN has won

Are there any real life cases where software such as DBAN (to securely erase disks) has beaten government/law enforcement agencies? I found this online which lists each time encryption has beaten ...
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What buses carrying sensitive information on a running computer are vulnerable to sniffing?

Has there been any research on what buses in a computer can be analyzed while they are live, without rebooting the system to insert a proxy device? For example, I imagine I2C would be very easy to ...
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Magnet to wipe HDD [duplicate]

This question is for HDD, not SDD. Would a Neodymium magnet like this one be strong enough to wipe the contents of a hard disk drive? How long would such an act take to destroy any data so it's not ...
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Mitigating forensic memory acquisition when an attacker has physical access to a workstation

My question regards whether or not the mitigations I use are appropriate for my threat model. Please don't jump to conclusions and say "you need to use locks" or "you can't leave your computer ...
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What is “NAND mirroring”, the alleged technique that the FBI will use to crack the San Bernardino shooter's iPhone?

According to Ars Technica, Jonathan Zdziarski, a leading independent Apple iOS security researcher and forensics expert, has a theory about the FBI's newly discovered potential route into the ...
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Does Intel or Arm support private key memory?

I know some security processors have an isolated bus where you can store a private key and use it with hardware encryption without the key ever being stored in memory. Some even have key storage ...
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How are GPUs used in brute force attacks?

I have read that GPUs can be used in brute force attacks? But how can this be done and is there a need for any other hardware devices (hard disks for instance)? Note: I'm more interested in web ...
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Potential FileVault problems in my setup

After FBI vs. Apple, I have a few questions about the security of my data. Here's my setup: AppleID is connected to local account I don't remember exactly, but I think I have selected option "Allow ...
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How secure is a BIOS/UEFI hard drive password? [duplicate]

I'm buying some new machines and am concerned about security of the data should the machine be physically stolen. It's easy to take out the drive, image it, and read what you want. I could use file ...
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What is the difference between the different wiping methods used by DBAN?

I was wondering what is the difference between the various wiping methodologies that DBAN offers DBAN Website Once you start the program, there are a few methods available for wiping the disk. 1.- ...
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Regarding malware and hardware

Bit of a weird one, hope this is the appropriate venue: I've just purchased some Ethernet-over-power adapters that were returned to and repackaged by a brick and mortar retailer. I'm trying to be ...
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GPG/Bitcoin usb gadget device

My idea is to take a raspberry pi zero (or any embedded linux board) and shove GPG inside it to encrypt/decrypt/sign data with RSA/ECC (for bitcoin) via USB. Like a USB thing that holds your ...
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How difficult would it be for FBI to extract firmware from NAND chip and AES key from CPU? [duplicate]

Following the recent Apple and FBI news I started to think of ways for the FBI to gain access to this phone without erasing the data. I'm not entirely sure if this idea is possible, hence why I ask ...
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How to protect my laptop screen from being hacked? [closed]

My laptop screen has been hacked, and I think that it is by Van Eck phreaking method. The attackers can see my screen, they are seeing my screen right now. I never even talk to them and these ...
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What is the best way to perform penetration tests for free with and without software? [closed]

Is there any software or hardware that will perform penetration tests without a paid subscription? i.e. Free to use like Kali-linux etc. I would like to learn how to perform penetration tests. If ...
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Using more routers makes my PC safer?

I have a router and my ISP provided me a new router. Makes sense using the two as PC -> router1 -> router2(internet) or I'm just slowing (small, 1 or 2ms) my internet for nothing?
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Is it possible for Apple or any other company to create fully encrypted smartphone?

From the latest Apple vs FBI story it's known that Apple is technically capable of changing the boot-loader of the iPhone to provide interface for brute-force finding of 4-digit password. I'm ...
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Where could the iOS security key be stored on the hard drive, *if printed* when enabling 2 Factor?

Apple allows people to print out their recovery key when enabling two factor. Taking the assumption that the local spooler may not do a great job of protecting, secure erasing, and eliminating traces ...
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Is it possible to secretly monitor/backdoor hardware?

I've recently gained an interest in anonymity and the technical aspects of it. Is it possible for hardware to be bugged and monitored? I.e, can a seller of a processor bug it in order to report what ...
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Using stingray against police (idea) [closed]

This is focusing on UK mainly, where police radios are similar to mobile phones. Pretend it's possible to buy Stingray, the IMSI scanner. Pretend Jimmy is a criminal, waiting for a police raid at any ...
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Is there a secure way to transfer data outside the Internet?

Since, recently, it has been proven that transferring data through the usb port is fundamentally flawed, I'm wondering if there are 100% secure ways to transfer data without using the Internet. ...
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Samsung SSD 850 EVO. Best way to protect personal data against thiefs

I'm wondering what is the best way to protect my personal data stored on Samsung SSD 850 EVO in Linux? I did some research and found this. To set an ATA password, simply access the BIOS, navigate ...
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What exactly is endpoint security?

Would someone explain what endpoint security is, exactly? What do companies like McAfee and Symantec sell with their endpoint security suites? I also would like to learn if endpoint security ...
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Can Malware Infect Hardware/Firmware

So, my MacBook Pro packed it in over the weekend after I drunkenly vomited all over the keys. I brought it to the Apple store (without the hard drive installed) for an assessment. The results of this ...
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HTTPS client “pairing”

I've been redirected here from SuperUser, I hope the question is appropriate. I need to restrict usage of a certain site to a limited number of customers. More than that, actually: I would like to ...
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What can a malicious device on PCIe bus do? [closed]

What threat does a malicious device or a device with malicious firmware on a PCIe bus pose? Can such device access to RAM(only read or write)? All devices on PCIe can have that access(network card, or ...
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Why fear hardware brought to China, when most of it comes from China?

A lot of people will bring disposable hardware (laptops, phones) to business trips to China, eg. Employee laptops in China. Considering that most of that hardware was manufactured there, what is the ...
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Are there any potential complications with these secure baseband ideas?

So I have been working on some ideas for securing cell phones from baseband level exploits and I was wondering if there are any potential complications with these solutions such as practicality or ...
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Can malware be transmitted via a USB charger plugged into a wall socket?

I have a smart phone that I often plug into a wall socket for charging via a small adapter that rectifies the AC to DC power and transforms the voltage from line (120V or 240V) to 5 V DC, probably ...
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I didn't wipe my hard drive before I sold it. How would a criminal take advantage?

I just sold a Mac Mini, and I erased/formatted the hard drive before I turned it over, but I didn't wipe it securely (not wise, I know). How would a criminal take advantage of this fact? What is the ...
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CISSP Cert: can an IT sales pro pursue CISSP? [closed]

I am a sales and product professional who has a total of 9 years experience in IT; related to selling products indirectly or directly. I started my career working as a product manager for hardware ...
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What benefits do Hardware Security Modules provide when keys are not stored inside them?

I'm researching a project that makes use of cryptography. It is a .net application with keys stored in a sql server database. For cryptography, the project uses a Hardware Security Module similar to ...
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Most secure way to isolate computer on network

I handle personal client information. Stuff that shouldn't get lost. Because of this, I have had to be careful not to download or install anything that is in any way uncertain. One data stealing virus ...
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Can Silicon Secured Memory prevent buffer overruns?

Oracle have recently announced the new SPARC M7 chip. It has an interesting feature called Silicon Secured Memory which claims to prevent memory corruption bugs like Heartbleed and Venom. The idea is ...
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How can a customer authenticate EPOS device and make sure it's not fake?

In the scenario where customers use magnetic stripe payment cards and are paying via EPOS, a merchant can put a fake EPOS on the table that looks identical to real ones, the customer uses his card on ...
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Smartphone motherboard - Does it hold any data?

I recently went for a smartphone repair and got its motherboard replaced. However, it didn't occur to me to ask for the damaged motherboard back. I had confidential credentials and data stored. No ...
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How far should I go in protecting a user's SMBIOS UUID?

My server will be receiving data from several hundreds of computers. As part of keeping track of which computer sent what, I will be fingerprinting the hardware and keeping the results in my database. ...
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I want to lock my Macbook lid shut. Where to buy? Alternatives? [closed]

I'm attempting to lock down a computer from unauthorized access. I own a macbook pro late 2011. Backstory I've gone through the basics with file vault and firmware password etc. I'm also getting a ...
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Setting up a pentesting lab on my personal laptop [duplicate]

I'm getting myself a laptop for pen-testing using VMware etc. Theoretically speaking, if I were to replace the disk drive with a secondary hard drive, could I successfully set up the laptop to run off ...
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How could an hard-token be packaged such that the recipient could trust it?

I purchased a Yubikey NEO, which arrived in a small plastic thing, inside of a padded envelope. An attacker with access in transit would have had basically unlimited ability to manipulate it. Which ...
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Can RAM retain data after removal?

Is it possible for RAM to retain any data after power is removed? I don't mean within a few minutes such as cold boot Attacks but rather 24 hours plus. Working with classified systems the policy ...
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Preventing Active System Compromise in Iran

A friend of mine is politically active in Iran and under constant surveillance by the rigorous secret service there. There are frequent break-ins into her apartment. She finds her system often ...
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Using smart cards for email encryption and SSH

Suppose I have a small organization, every user has a recent Macbook Pro, can buy a ~$25 smart card reader on Amazon, and I want to use keypairs where the private keys are on personal smartcards to do ...