Questions tagged [information-gathering]

The early stage of an attack during which the attacker tries to collect information about the target.

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What is the impact of leaked recaptcha secret key?

Due to server configurations, our recaptcha secret key was publicly readable. The key has been updated to a new one, but what is the actual impact of a malicious user getting a hold of the key? ...
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How SIGINT Researchers/Operators collect, decode and monitor a vast array of wireless data? [closed]

In wireless communication, data flows at various frequencies ranging from Radio to Satellite communication. These frequency carriers are allocated for different uses based on various requirement ...
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Determine what a company is googling

Let's say that a fictional company, AwSemCo, discovers that a published vulnerability "CVE0day" affects their systems and they immediately start investigating it. They go to the web looking for a ...
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How to get user information from an IP address? [duplicate]

A spammer is harassing my friend and she doesn't know who. With some struggle, I found out the spammer's IP address. But I don't know how to proceed after this. She says she doesn't want to move ...
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Computer name naming convention for security

I've been doing a security audit and found out you can easily identify host roles and running services just by their computer name (using nslookup). I would like to report this so that they use less ...
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How Dirbuster find the files within a directory? (Differentiating between files and directories) [closed]

I am writing the python code of DIRBUSTER tool in kali linux but I got stuck at finding files that lies within directories. So my question is how can I differentiate between Files and Directories ...
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Information gathering on website [closed]

I'm pretty new to pentesting and everything about it. This question is primarily for web servers. I'd like to know for you pentesters out there, what information are you looking for when you are ...
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A third party Web site wants me to validate my domain ownership using a TXT record

What are the security risks with adding TXT records for third party tools? Can they get any information back from your servers with adding that record for them? The example below is from the "have i ...
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How to access a system without sending malicious program to victim sytem [closed]

Is their is any way to access a system without sending any malicious program... Suppose I have my pc with an internet connection and with the victim ip so can I access the victim system if tcp ports ...
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Is using a network sniffer for host discovery a viable option?

Would a packet sniffer like tcpdump be effective for network host discovery and if so how effective is it compared to more active methods such as the infamous network mapper nmap?
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Does it exist any gadget that catches and copies all the digital information?

When I was watching Prison Break there was a device that was catching all the digital data and copying it. Do similar info-gathering devices really exist? The device must be within several feet of ...
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3rd Party trackers and online privacy

I don't feel the internet is respecting our individual right to privacy. Why are 3rd party trackers allowed to siphon data from us without our permission? We should selectively be able to reveal what ...
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Personal or computer information stored in a freshly compiled executable

I would like to know if there is any information that can identify a computer or a person that compiled a program (let's talk only about c++ on visual studio, windows , with no particular library). ...
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Is there a security issue with fit4less requiring bank information and not simply card number?

When I set up timed payments I tend to prefer setting them up through my credit card. As this tends to be more reliable in case of over charges, etc. For example spotify goes through my credit card. ...
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XMAS Scan vs Inverse TCP

Whats the difference between a XMAS Tree scan and an Inverse TCP scan using the FIN, URG, and PSH flags? Are they the same thing? XMAS Tree scans are designed to manipulate the PSH, URG and FIN flags ...
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Is it poor practice to use the last 4 digits of a social security number as an identifier?

Is it poor practice to use the last 4 digits of a social security number as an identifier? The last 4 digits of a person's social are commonly used as a means of personal identification/...
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information gathering on a person [closed]

How would a hacker go about gathering information on a real person with a minimum amount of details about him? Details known: Name Face
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How to identify the vulnerabilities in a target computer?

I ran an exploit on the victim and used a msfvenom payload. I am on the victim's computer but I have not the root privileges. I tried to use getsystem command for getting privilege but it failed. So ...
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What are the security issues of exposing default server home page in public internet?

I have seen on internet where several website companies have exposed the default home page of web server such as Tomcat, NGNIX, Apache web server. I always believe it is not the best practice to ...
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Using android auto in a rental car

I've started using rental cars frequently for work and android auto has apparently become common enough that many of the cars I rent have it built in. It could be helpful to me even over the short ...
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Which protocol could have been likely candidates for leaking a laptop serial number

Having read this article, one line in particular caught my attention: The AFP raided the boy's family home last year and found two Apple laptops with serial numbers that matched those of the ...
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SSRF when user input is appended to hostname

Is it considered a SSRF vulnerability (or is it dangerous at all) if the backend of an application fetches a URL that is somewhat based off of user input, in a way similar to this get("https://...
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How to trace who sent mail with attachment

Yesterday someone emailed me a malicious .bat script. I have his email (he used Gmail) and of course I can't track him using mail header. So I checked the .bat file details but I only see my ...
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Stack behavior on function call during a format string exploit

I have some issues trying to resolve a war game with a format string vulnerability. So here is the code of the program: #include <stdio.h> #include <string.h> #include <stdlib.h> ...
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How sensitive is information on a system's architecture? [closed]

How much easier would it be to break into a system if you knew the following information? Processor architecture / family Operating system Libraries used Application programming language Standardised ...
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Business Partner Information Leaking

I just went through a penetration test, and what was wierd was we had a comment back about a potential data leak via DNS snooping (I realise this is boiler plate, and also this is an internal only DNS,...
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Found scam site that tricks you into giving them more contact info to remove your existing public info [closed]

I found a site where they display your political registration info (which includes contact info) that was requested from the government. If you find your contact information from this site, do NOT ...
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Should OS information be in DNS?

We are having an internal discussion about system naming conventions and there is a disagreement about including the type of OS a system is running in the DNS host record. One suggestion was to ...
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What information is in a gpg cleartext signature?

What information does a gpg2 signature contain? If you clearsign an empty file, the signature looks like this: -----BEGIN PGP SIGNED MESSAGE----- Hash: SHA256 -----BEGIN PGP SIGNATURE----- Version: ...
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How to secure erase files and folders? [duplicate]

How to securely erase/delete files or folders in different file systems (NTFS, ext3, ext4) ? Need to delete files so it will be impossible to recover that files and no traces of metadata and traces in ...
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Autofill on (untrusted) websites

Consider a website using https which presents a login form on the home page. Today I visited such a website, which I have a login and password for, and for the first time I was presented with a ...
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The requirements of gathering information data without any limits? [closed]

It's a well known fact that phones, computers and other devices can be tracked and be used as a means of collecting user information if the situation permits it, for example in crime investigations. I ...
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How does GPG2 --verify knows who signed a file and how? [closed]

When I (clear)sign a file, the output is something like this. $ gpg2 --clearsign test $ cat test.asc -----BEGIN PGP SIGNED MESSAGE----- Hash: SHA256 This is a test! -----BEGIN PGP SIGNATURE----- ...
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If my data is encrypted with a password, how does the website know me?

Perhaps I am under the wrong impression, but I thought that my password encrypted all of my sensitive data on a website. Let's take Gmail as an example. What I would hope, is that without my password, ...
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What files yield the most useful information when an attacker leverages a memory vulnerability?

I'm trying to understand what information is left behind after an attacker exploits a vulnerable application leveraging a memory vulnerability (overflows, ROP, etc.). I wanted to know: What are ...
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Do the 'bad guys' create honeypots?

I know companies, governments, and other organizations create honeypots (ex: SQLi pages, Open Access Points, Open Ports, etc.) to lure in the bad guys. Are there any examples of the bad guys creating ...
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Trojans, APTs and IP Theft

If I were a CEO of a company making a revolutionary hi-tech widget and all of my firms profits were generated with this product. I would be very aware (read scared...) that the a foreign entity might ...
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​ Organizing information during a pentest [closed]

​ Currently I'm on my way to becoming a full time pentester, which means I do a bunch of CTF challenges and try to break labs that have been set up for me. The only issue I'm currently facing is how ...
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What lessons can be learned from the latest spate of Ransomware attacks? [closed]

I'm not sure this is the right place, but figured people would find it useful if they aren't too familiar with security policies and general best practices. There is a lot of information out there, ...
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T900 Skype Virus How to detect and how to remove [closed]

I hope that this is the correct forum to post this question. I wanted ask what is the best way to identify if a machine is infected with the virus T9000 and also, which antivirus programs are capable ...
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What is this user trying to do?

I work with a company that creates marketing software, we recently created a forum so we could talk with users who need support. I'm the main admin on this forum and a user, let's call them person1 ...
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IPv6 Spams dataset?

My master thesis is about "Managing Spam Under IPv6". I would like to use machine learning algorithm on information retrieved from mail headers in order to sort out spams from legitimate mails. To do ...
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What is the key to detecting all IoT devices in your organization? [closed]

In recent news, IoT devices are a target of hackers -- specifically botnet herders. The first step to securing your organization and its users is to detect all IoT devices that are functional on your ...
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Should I avoid deploying package.json or bower.json files to production?

I know it is recommended to hide OS and server version information when serving up web pages. What about js library version info contained in package.json or bower.json files? It seems like this could ...
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Any advantage to rejecting a (cell phone) call vs ignoring it?

I get several calls a month from numbers that are not on my contact list. When I search these numbers on Google, it is not unusual see message boards saying that the number belongs to a known scammer ...
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My WebSite is being attacked, should i be worried seeing the logs?

Recently i just checked my server and found in logs that it is being attacked. Seeing the logs i am not able to exactly figure out, if i should actually be worried.i checked the attacker domain rating ...
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browser can visit the url but other application can't

I did simple 'intitle:"index of" xss' search and got this page with URL 'https://repo1.maven.org/maven2/com/codesnippets4all/xss-filter/'.I can see the IP on the wireshark and the conversation of ...
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implications of incomplete TCP handshake session

In network security, why do we care about knowing incomplete TCP handshake sessions? Is there a security implication behind this?
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GPS working and anonymity

Does gps make any log, which is store in there positioning system ? Even if gps is off in our smart phone and we don't have any sim card in it and our internet is off too still is their any chance to ...
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Data 'dust' left over other than on the HDD?

I was working on a project which contained very classified information. I am now planning on using the computer for personal work but I'm worried that replacing the HDD won't be enough. Is there any ...