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Questions tagged [threats]

An actor, usually a person, who may attempt to exploit a vulnerability of an exposed system.

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Aren't VPN servers exposed to the same threats as public Wi-Fi?

Besides trust of the VPN provider, are VPN servers safe? Other people connect to it and it can be compromised, right? Is it the same threat as being connected to a public Wi-Fi where someone could ...
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How to prevent threats from usb on Linux? [duplicate]

OS: archlinux I'm thinking of logging into a restricted user with mount permissions and examine behavior of the usb. But what if usb has injected hardware that would inject code directly when I ...
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How is it possible that the Metasploit meterpreter can take pictures without “notifying” the user?

Im curious how the Meterpreter can take pictures from my webcam without turning on the webcam LED? Ive read that you have to write/change a driver, or a firmware, or you just change some DLLs, but ...
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What security controls that needs to be evaluated for DB2 Mainframe, SQL Server, PostgreSQL, and Guardium application?

I am an Information Security analyst, evaluating the above mentioned applications and looking for a high risk items the requires deeper testing. I would really appreciate guides, books, or anything ...
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What are the main sources to collect Threat Intelligence Information especially from Dark Web

I've identified some OSINT Sources but they are not enough. Can anyone identify other sources to automatically via APIs or other way to collect threat intel information.
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Boot from live usb to avoid being spied on

Suppose the government wants to spy on you using government-designed malware. If you then want to visit sensitive pages on the internet, would it be more secure to use Tor browser within a USB - live ...
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Advice for carrying out risk identification in ISO27005:2011

I am currently required to carry out an information security risk assessment for an assignment, using the ISO 27005:2011 standard, for the Equifax data breach that occurred in 2017, https://...
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Why do unverified restaurants accounts pose a threat to the privacy and safety of users? [closed]

We have an app to order food from restaurants but the app developers decided not to verify any of the information provided by the restaurants like the location and opening hours. Why this decision ...
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Is there any list of vulnerabilities and their signatures?

I am looking for a list of known vulnerabilities and their signatures. Is there any publicly available list of security vulnerabilities and their signatures? NVD (NATIONAL VULNERABILITY DATABASE) ...
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Why would IPS vendor provider refuse to publish SLAs to fix the published highly ranked CVEs?

One of the biggest IPS providers (top of Gartner graph for its category) is not providing SLAs for all the 7+ ranking CVEs published last year. I don't really understand why would they refuse to ...
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TVRA does it cover physical, cyber and information security?

For that matter is TVRA only linked to security? Can it be used to assess, evaluate all or any situation and from there, come up with control measures?
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Should the recent Tiny Chip attack teach us to invest less in our security posture?

Now with upcoming new year budgets to purchase the next tools and services for protecting our company to increase organization posture against cyber attack, I can't stop thinking if we should reduce ...
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How to calculate the priority and the severity of our daily cyber security intelligence threat feeds?

Some solutions (eg. FireEye ISight) can provide a daily feed where they will mention each reported issue with it's severity and priority. Usually those companies will do some basic research and look ...
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Where should I look for information once there is a security incident reported on breaking news? [closed]

We see breaking news alerts popping up with some dramatic headline, but headlines can be tricky and bring a lot of chaos to the organization and more specifically to the SOC. Where will be the best ...
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How should we mitigate threats that are keep coming to our security monitoring system?

We have continuous cybersecurity threat feeds that coming to our SOC on a daily basis from different sources that provide all the new CVEs, new malware variations and more. We just don't know how to ...
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How should we implement responsible discovery program internally only for our organization employees?

We experienced a very interesting phenomenon in the last 6 months and that is that some employees found and reported to our security teams few very crucial security issues. We were thinking about ...
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Use Splunk to run Nmap scan from remote host to potential attacker

When receiving internal attacks, I'd like to utilize Splunk alerts to trigger an Nmap scan against that attacking host from a remote machine; one other than the Splunk server. Is there any API or ...
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While installing Go programming language trace.exe detected as virus by KAV

When I tried to install Go programming language, Kaspersky AV in my system detected a path to file: C:\Go\pkg\tool\windows_amd64\trace.exe as suspicious one and triggered a virus alert. my doubt is ...
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Operation Prowli Malware Infects Over 40,000 Machines

Seems a new malware infection has been detected called 'Operation Prowli Malware' and around 40,000 machines are infected. Still no CVE data updated on CVE site regarding the relevant vulnerability. ...
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What is the difference between “Incident”, “Attack” and “event”?

In the Computer and network security incident taxonomy what are the differences between "Incident", "Attack" and "event"? Where does "threat" fit with them?
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Relationship between threat analysis and attack modeling

What could be the Relationship between threat analysis and attack modeling. Both are pretty close, have different perspectives but I need to know the relationships or in other words, how can they ...
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Are there any real instances of threats to machine learning systems?

I recently read a paper on The security of Machine Learning. Are there any instances of attacks against machine learning systems besides spam filters?
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Spoofed number sending threats to students. Can it be traced to sender?

A SMS message was sent to several students at my son's school claiming to be my son stating that he was going to shoot up the school. My family didn't receive this message but I have the phone number ...
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Drawbacks of ML in cyber security?

I did some research on the topic (as I'm new to it) and it frankly seems too good to be true. A company called Darktrace for instance, makes use of AI algorithms and ML to autonomously detect threats ...
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How much is known about who is responsible for all the database breaches?

Troy Hunt claims that those responsible for data breaches are often just teenagers and there are reports that a lot of the breaches would appear to come from insiders. But we also hear a lot about the ...
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What should be people warned about? [closed]

I'm doing a presentation about security/privacy on web and i would appreciate few hints about what would you talk about. Just general, nothing IT specific. I just wanna give a 1000 foot view on few ...
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Slowing the hashing of a password. Is this all i need to know about securing passwords? [closed]

I'm on a journey of learning everything about information security and as i've read about how to secure a password, i didn't quite understood why should i slow down the hashing of a password and how ...
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Can a smartphone be hacked by calling it?

I have received call from international number (0012024558888). After receiving it I cut the call as it was irrelevant to me and I did not give any information to them. Now I doubt it as spam/scam ...
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What would be the effects of a limited Russian/US cyber conflict be on cyber-security professionals? [closed]

In an interview with NPR's Steve Inskeep that is airing Friday on Morning Edition, Obama said, "I think there is no doubt that when any foreign government tries to impact the integrity of our ...
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Threats due to a stolen password db file (e.g. keepass)

If someonelse could get your password db file (e.g. .kdbx file for keepass), maybe due to a hacking attack, how threaten is your security in fact? Of course this is a problem and you should change ...
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Is it possible to spoof a paired Bluetooth device?

I'm thinking about creating a physical lock, where the keys would simply be paired Bluetooth devices, but I'm concerned about the potential (in)security. I would like to have a Bluetooth 2.1 module ...
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Are there any methodology for malware in case of threat assessment?

Malware is a threat in security assessment. Are there any criteria to assess malware in case of threat assessment?
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How to determine the threat agent for analyzing risk of a threat?

When doing Risk Assessment of a threat, how can I find the best threat agent for the risk assessment? For example, the asset which has the vulnerability related to the threat may be in an internal ...
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Threat modelling - including threats one cannot mitigate?

When threat modelling, should you include the threats a system cannot mitigate? If so, where should you stop? It could be very time-consuming to list all the threats one cannot mitigate.
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Does broken site functionality pose any security threat?

If you are assessing an application as a part of pentesting exercise, how do you deal with broken site functionality? Should the issues be ignored? Is keeping functional bugs in a system safe?
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How can I prevent myself from barcode payload attacks?

Recently I came across a tool which can inject payloads into a barcode. How can I prevent myself from this kind of attacks? Attack scenario: The attacker prints vulnerable barcode / sends vulnerable ...
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Do we still refer to a threat as a threat once it has been realised?

A threat is defined as something that might do harm but once a threat happens do we still refer to it as a threat? For instance, if malware infects our computer, do we still refer to the malware as a ...
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Is SS7 a threat any more?

I'm reading about an SS7 issue: SS7 flaw allows hackers to spy on every conversation. It seems to me that any phone on the world can be intercepted so the hacker can listen to your phone call or read ...
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Is broadcasting your Windows computer name a vulnerability?

Some software I'm using sends out bug reports occasionally. The bug reports contain a fair bit of information. I'm concerned about some of the user identifiable information in the bug report. In ...
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Threat Modelling Examples (Distributed Systems)

I have threat modelled applications in the past, but I'd like to threat model a distributed system. However for other people I'm with, who have never done it at all, I'd like to check out some ...
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Threat modeling a network monitoring software

Assume a network fault monitoring tools is deployed to monitor a subset of routers. What an attacker can do by exploiting a network monitoring system like OpenNMS? Can they learn about the topology ...
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What is OSINT (open source intelligence)?

I know about threat intelligence services. I've also read definitions of OSINT but I can't get a tangible feeling of what it actually is. What are some examples of OSINT services (apart from ...
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Location/proximity based decryption using separate machine

I read a long thread where the whole issue was revolving around deriving decryption keys from GPS location. This has huge issues, as being present at a location is not needed to know the location. ...
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SSH and Port Forwarding - what are the possible attacks and how to avoid them? [closed]

What are possible attacks when using SSH and Local or Remote Port Forwarding? What are the threats? I understand that there are many, but what are they? And also, how could they be avoided?
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How does FireEye HX work? [closed]

Can someone please expand on how FireEye HX works, what does it do exactly? Here is the site info: https://www.fireeye.com/products/hx-endpoint-security-products.html, but it's written in such an ...
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Port forwarding with 0.0.0.0, any threat?

I set up on our company's firewall (fortigate100d) a port forwarding to one of our Internal services. As we don't have a static public IP I used 0.0.0.0 as an external IP so the remote users can ...
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What would be the valid approach while handling short links [duplicate]

In modern world people often use to send urls with url shortners from various webservices,Mostly we use url shortners to shorten the url But in terms of exploits,phishing attempts how could we avoid ...
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Odd url showing up in my pubsub stream, should I be concerned?

Background: Yesterday I started working on a simple metrics dashboard. I have a VBScript on my internal network that queries a database over a VPN from our Vendor. I then do a simple HTTP post to a ...
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What threats involve in cache miss

What are the possible consequences of a cache miss? In other word, is it possible that a cache miss could cause a security threat? Thank you.
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Possible threats on the memory buffer

If an adversary could identify a buffer's capacity, what would be the possible consequences?