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The use of physical measures (such as locks and tamper-proofing) or policies (such as Clean Desk) in order to protect sensitive information from unauthorized access.

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What do I do if I catch someone doing a physical pentest? [duplicate]

This question was primarily inspired by this (related) question, but is about the other side of the equation. I'm a security engineer at Medium Sized Company, Inc. We recently hired John for a ...
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What risks are there with a Bluetooth based door lock, and are there any mitigations?

There are a few interesting Bluetooth door locks on the market that use version Bluetooth 4.0 however there seems to be a few issues with this E0 Encryption flaws Risks during pairing Attacks unique ...
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What can a victim company do when it's hard to differentiate between a Physical Pentest from a Criminal Physical Penetration [closed]

Hypothetical Situation: The company Blue hires the company Red to do a Red Team engagement on Blue. Here, I'll be discussing only the physical part of the engagement, not social and cyber. Red ...
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Can employees' personal properties be part of the scope? [closed]

Let's assume the customer (target) wants to have a full physical pentest done. (I'm a student and have 0 exp in actual Pentesting and Red Teaming Properties of topic: Cars (in the car park) ...
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What to do if caught in a physical pentest?

I've seen a lot of people talk about how to pentest and how NOT to get caught during engagements but have a hard time finding "How to behave when caught during a Red Team engagement". Red Teams are ...
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How to deal with third parties in physical pentests?

From my previous question, I've seen that a "Permission to Attack" slip is crucial in ANY Penetration Test. However, that question and its answers and comments have only discusses interactions between ...
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Requiring hardware key at boot-up on normal laptop

I am sure that a question like this already exists and has probably been answered. I just couldn't find any results (probably due to my inability to word my question correctly). We use laptops at ...
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Is momentary physical access dangerous?

I’m asking the question with these conditions: The device (computer or mobile phone) is in a running state. “Momentary” refers to a reasonably short period of time, such as 5 to 10 seconds. The ...
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When a closed-source company hires somebody to audit their code, is the auditor forced to do it in the company's office?

Let's say that ACME, Inc. is making closed-source software. It's closed for a reason (they don't want it leaving their building other than in compiled form). Now, they are hiring some company/person ...
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Is it safe to throw away debit card receipts in the bin?

In relation to this question about credit card receipts, is it safe to just throw away receipts where I have used a debit card? In addition, would it be any more worth while burning/shredding ...
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Why are my plastic credit card and activation code sent separately?

Capital One recently sent my plastic credit card by post mail and its activation code by a separate post mail. What security problem does this mitigate? If a rogue element has access to my mail box ...
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Motion sensor door locks

I have seen several offices with electric locks for entry that have a sensor for exit. I assume it's some kind of motion or object detection sensor. This is odd because in many cases, there's a seam ...
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Is it Possible to Prevent a Physcial Attack on Server in Remote Data Center?

I've been using Amazon Web Services to run my Java application. However, due to high costs I'm looking into getting a dedicated server from Hetzner, a company based in Germany, which costs about 10-...
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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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Security and thumb drive [duplicate]

If my laptop is locked, can a thumb drive be able to still infect my computer, or create a backdoor, or any other security risk if it's plugged into it. If so what are some example
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External hard drive

It's possible the external hard drives have been compromised in the company I work for. It would be a huge waste of money to replace them all without detection and if the current ones are compromised, ...
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Laptop Anti-Theft Measures

A law firm I've been in contact with has recently been broken into 3 times in the past 4 months. In spite of a number of laptops and other equipment containing sensitive information being stolen, the ...
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How can vending machines be hacked? And how can I prevent it?

I am developing a vending machine and want to make it secure. In a comment to my previous question, @Polynomial said "Vending machines (and similar devices) can often be pwned via buffer overflows on ...
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What is the purpose of the rotating plate in front of the lock?

I am now in Poland and see these everywhere: The plate can rotate freely,when you insert the key, matching the groove, you rotate the key so it is aligned with the lock and then insert the key. What ...
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Are the security basics of a non-wifi router different from securing your desktop? [duplicate]

I have studied much about securing a desktop from enabling firewall to browsing internet safely among other things. I also know that many steps can be taken to improve the security of wifi routers. ...
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Will antivirus detect all keyloggers?

Our company schedules Security Training courses for our personnel. In order for us to test them, we develop code such as keyloggers which we email to our personnel to detect stupid personnel, and of ...
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Why did the Papal conclave use a Faraday cage in 2013 when selecting the new pope?

The Wikipedia article about Faraday cages has this anecdote: A Faraday cage was used in 2013 by the Vatican to shield the Sistine Chapel from electronic eavesdropping during the secret papal ...
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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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Securing a Laptop from a Foreign Intelligence Agency

What would be the best practices for securing a single-purpose Windows laptop against a determined foreign intelligence agency from tampering with data on the machine? The machine would be used ...
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How can I check if someone tampered with the CCTV footage or system?

Recently I was staying in a hotel and I had some very important belongings stolen there in the hotel which is definite. The problem is that no one entered my room after I left the room (2 times for ...
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Mobile phone is picking up 13 bluetooth devices and not sure what they are?

I have a particular problem with a potential security breach. I bought a new device today that connects to my phone via Bluetooth. Nothing strange about that. Surprisingly when I turned Bluetooth on ...
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Protecting critical state infrastructure from the aftermath of a nuclear blast

Countries rely on computer infrastructure for a huge percentage of communications and military management, as well as utilities like electricity. Unfortunately, nuclear attacks release massive ...
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Is it possible to prevent unauthorized copying or recording of data by photographing screens?

I am thinking on a way which would prevent unauthorized copying or recording of data by photographing screens. I also think, if the content of a screen is understable for an eye of a living human, it ...
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An advanced adversary is targeting you - now what? - so what? [closed]

Consider the following: An advanced adversary is targeting you. He has the ability to watch most if not all of your network connections and the ones in the neighbourhood. He is sitting on numerous ...
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Phoenix/Samsung BIOS/HDD security

I have a laptop bought in 2011. I want to protect its BIOS and HDD (data is already encrypted anyway). But I have seen these vulnerabilities: After 3 incorrect tries, I see "System Disabled" with ...
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What steps should I take to ensure there are no unpleasant surprises in a recently purchased home?

After buying a house from another party (i.e. not new construction) what steps should I take to ensure the previous residents have not left behind anything unpleasant for me? I'm not worrying about ...
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Can I repair a cut-through credit card?

On many cards there's the instruction to, if found, cut it in two pieces and mail them to some address. I'm wondering a bit about the security of this and if I could recover some data. It's not ...
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How to mitigate the new malicious USB cable USBHarpoon (NOT BadUSB) threat in an enterprise? [duplicate]

In this case, the victims may think they are using a generic USB cable, but the PC will recognize the cable as a Human Interface Device, much like it would a mouse or keyboard, giving the attacker ...
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If and why should any personal information be destroyed before putting scrap paper into the recycle container?

Well this question may not be about computers, but it most definitely is about information security, so I'll give it a try... I've been repeatedly told in my life that I should always carefully check ...
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Is there any virus that can cause physical damage?

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 does full memory encryption in newer processes protect against DMA attacks?

Upcoming Intel CPUs have TME, current AMD processors have SME. These are full-memory encryption techniques to protect against physical attacks such as cold boot attacks. Both support encrypting the ...
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Do you have to ban cellphones and paper to be PCI compliant?

Today I heard of a call centre that you are not allowed to bring cellphones into or take paper out of. This is allegedly to be PCI complaint. Is this true? What is the reasoning? This seems like ...
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What are the advantages and disadvantages of different types of motion sensors?

I understand there are a number of different motion sensor technologies out there, including Active Infrared (AIR), Passive Infrared (PIR), Microwave and Ultrasonic motion sensors. I would like to ...
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What is the difference between Simple Power Analysis and Differential Power Analysis?

What is the difference between Simple Power Analysis (SPA) and Differential Power Analysis (DPA) and why is it not possible to do an SPA attack on FPGAs? My basic understanding is they are side-...
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Why should I leave a U2F device always plugged in to a computer?

Over at the Yubikey website they mention that the Nano or 5C Nano series is meant to be always inserted into a computer. I've seen some other sites mention the Nano is good for servers. But why would ...
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If rowhammer only results in capacitor discharge, how can it flip 0 to 1?

In rowhammer, why will changing the voltage on one row cause the other row to open/close? Is it related to induction? How can it change bits from 0 to 1? I understand from 1 to 0 - voltage discharge, ...
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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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Does the number of fingerprints we leave represent a security threat to the banking system?

A number of major banks are allowing users to log in to their bank accounts with only fingerprints. It was occurring to me, though: how many fingerprints does the average person leave per day? How ...
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Assessing risks Physical security of devices

I have several devices and flash drives that need to be secured. I haven't been able to find any good physical security measures to protect those devices. What are my options? What do you use, if ...
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What is the fastest way to brute force a hardware code

Where I live, there is a keypad with numbers from 0 to 9 and two letters, A and B. Using it I noticed that the code was checked on the last 5 things entered. If I were to try every code on the keypad,...
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Liquid security scenario

I'm a part of a small team of undergraduate developers taking a course on developing Arduino and Raspberry Pi applications with a focus on the Internet of Things. Our current task is to imagine, ...
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Is there any way somebody could hack into my brain?

Before you close this, I'm actually serious. Could somebody, in theory, have conked me out behind a Chiles, cirucular-sawed my brain out, and plugged me up to a machine capable of brain simulation? ...
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Defence methods against tailgating

This is a follow-up question to this one: Roles to play when tailgaiting into a residential building How do you protect yourself or your company against tailgaters? What is the best answer when you ...
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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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Is it possible to improve brute-force guessing of a password with a picture of the keyboard used to enter it?

Is it a bad idea to post a photo of your keyboard to social media? Can I look at a photo of a keyboard and determine the password of an account? Assuming a certain (set of) password(s) is the most ...