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Questions tagged [security]

Questions about security; as it applies to any vulnerable and valuable asset, such as a person, dwelling, community, nation, or organization.

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Do the “Presidential Alerts” give the government full access to all phone functionality?

John McAfee, libertarian politician and former computer programmer, tweeted this: The "Presidential alerts": they are capable of accessing the E911 chip in your phones - giving them full access ...
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Why aren't we using AI to inform our militaries? [closed]

I came across this article that said AI was almost if not as good as humans in team player games like DOTA. Now DOTA has landscapes, multiple players, different abilities etc. So that immediately set ...
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Were the BOSS Linux update servers hacked in 2015?

The Hackology Blog claims that update servers for BOSS Linux were hacked in 2015, eventually allowing access to Indian military and government servers. This website claims that: Hackers infected the ...
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Can governments destroy the value of Bitcoin, if they wanted to?

Note that this is a question about Bitcoin that is separate from my other question, which had asked whether Bitcoin is a pyramid scheme. Jamie Dimon, the CEO of JP Morgan, claims that the governments ...
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Have ATMs across the US “spat out money” in the second half of January 2018?

In a response to the DDoS attacks on several Dutch banks and other institutions, cybersecurity specialist Rian van Rijbroek claimed on 29 January 2018 on the Dutch news programme Nieuwsuur that banks ...
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Do four random common words make a stronger password than passwords like “Tr0ub4dor&3”?

In xkcd comic #936, Randall Munroe claims that passwords like "Tr0ub4dor&3" (uncommon base word, caps, common letter substitutions with a number and punctuation suffix) has ~28 bits of entropy, ...
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Is there any evidence that laptops in airplanes might be used for terrorist attack?

For some airports in the Middle East passengers are not allowed to bring electronic devices bigger than smartphones into the cabins. According to some news pages (e.g. this article) this ban should be ...
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Has Telegram decrypted user messages and provided them to a gov agency?

Background: Telegram is a secured messaging app, similar to many others (WhatsApp, Signal, ...). It emphasizes its security features and has become (like a few others) a way for people to exchange ...
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Was Steve Bannon's appointment to the National Security Council done by mistake?

On the podcast Pod Save America, an Obama aide claimed that the appointment of Steve Bannon to the National Security Council was a mistake. They said Trump was upset because he found out Bannon was on ...
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Does Melania Trump's security cost double the National Endowment for the Arts' budget?

This viral post was found at The Resistance with 16,000 shares in less 12 hours. It's from @chapmanchapman who seems to be commenting on Trump cutting the National Endowment for the Arts. The est. ...
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Are Americans more likely to be killed by vending machines than terrorist refugees?

The Financial Times did some analysis of Donald Trump's controversial immigration restrictions (which were claimed to be about protecting Americans from terrorism). They focus on analysing risk from ...
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Did Sean Spicer tweet a password twice in two days?

This article came up in my news feed and I immediately called shenanigans on it: White House Press Secretary, Sean Spicer Just Tweeted Something That Looks an Awful Lot Like a Password Recently, ...
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Was John Podesta's email password “password”?

Julian Assange, founder of Wikileaks, said in a recent interview with Sean Hannity that John Podesta’s password was 'password'. The Daily Mail reports: In an interview, Assange revealed the ...
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Do many people write down their safe combination?

I'm having a hard time believing that "a lot of safe owners" actually write down their combination and keep it in the same room. Surprisingly, many people write the combination down near the safe, ...
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Did Seth Rich give Wikileaks the DNC leak emails?

This image has a few claims, are they true? Image text: Hi, I'm Seth Rich. I was the DNC staffer who gave Wikileaks the DNC emails proving that they had rigged the primaries against Bernie Sanders ...
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Is the NSA installing surveillance codes in iPhones by calling Sprint customers?

I've got a iPhone 6s on the EE network. Today I got a SMS from +44 865 6696 which had the content "Message not found". If I put the number into a t9 predictive text emulator, it spells "Unknown" I'...
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Do informed, alert communities increase national safety?

The US Department of Homeland Security has created the If You See Something, Say Something national campaign with the claim that "It Takes a Community to Protect a Community" and "Informed, alert ...
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Are phone calls unencrypted and forced by law to be unencrypted in India?

I am getting the unlock or un-secure lock image on my Nokia phone when ever I call. http://blog.taddong.com/2011/02/does-your-phone-warn-you-when-it-is-not.html Most GSM operators do encrypt their ...
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Did Apple help the Chinese government unlock thousands of iPhones? [closed]

The BBC and Ars Technica, amongst other sources, have reported regarding the FBI's latest filing in the FBI vs. Apple case regarding government-mandated unlocking of the phone owned by the San ...
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Did the FBI not require assistance from Apple to unlock the San Bernadino terrorist's phone?

Edward Snowden's official Twitter account posted the following tweet: The first 4 points are not in contention, but the 5th point states that the FBI does not require Apple's assistance to unlock the ...
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Can aircraft be hacked and “commandeered remotely”?

This sensationalist article by John McAfee on Business Insider makes a number of unsupported claims about cybersecurity. In the article, he claims that (emphasis mine): For the purpose of our ...
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How common are air marshals?

I've heard/read a couple of times that there are air marshals on every international flight. But this doesn't seem to make much sense. Maybe they're only on flights that go to important cities like ...
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Can google misuse important information from my documents? [closed]

As mentioned in google policies google reads your all document to improve their search and suggestion. But If I keep some important document on google drive, like : new business ideas, innovation ...
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Is the cause for the Berkeley Boom “unknown”? [closed]

Articles about the unsolved mystery of the "Berkeley Boom" claim that the loud noises that can be heard throughout Berkeley, California, and in neighbouring cities, might be caused by fireworks, cops, ...
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Does deepnet have only 7100 onion sites? [closed]

I have read this article on forbes claiming that deepnet has only 7100 onion sites and took only 3 hours to scan completely. Which to me sounds like total nonsense since if average .onion address is ...
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Are 95% of Ashley Madison dating site's accounts male?

The hackers who procured and recently published Ashley Madison's internal databases, the so-called "Impact Team," have claimed that the accounts in the databases were predominantly, in fact "90-95%" ...
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Does the Google Chrome browser spy on users? [closed]

There are a number of places that claim that Google Chrome spies on its users: Is Google Chrome spying on its users? Google Chrome browser is spying all of us Does Google Chrome spy on users? I'm ...
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Can you use a computer's CPU's electrical noise to extract an encryption key?

This 2015 Wired article claims it is possible to use a remote device to determine a key used during decryption by sampling the radio emissions from the processor at 100kHz They also claim that by: ...
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Can credit cards be cloned remotely with an RFID reader?

This news story from "13 Investigates" shows Walt Augustinowicz (an RFID expert, and seller of RFID proof pouches) who has a portable reader than picks up credit card details while they are still in ...
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Do airliners use single physical network for both avionics and passenger wifi access?

BBC reports (emphasis mine): Planes including the Boeing 787 Dreamliner and the Airbus 350 and A380 have a single network that is used by both pilots to fly the plane and by passengers for ...
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Are the top ten flashlight apps maliciously stealing data and sending it to China, India, and Russia? [closed]

There's an interesting report from a company called SnoopWall that is detailed in this YouTube video from a Special Report with Bret Baier with Fox News. In the report "Cybersecurity Expert" Gary ...
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Did Russian hackers obtain billions of passwords?

Many news outlets seem to be reporting this story (NY Times article) about Russian hackers allegedly acquiring billions of usernames and passwords. A Russian crime ring has amassed the largest ...
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Can emails in draft box avoid detection?

At around the 28 mins and 13 secs of Season 3, Episode 9, of the TV series Strike Back, Major Oliver Sinclair (portrayed by Rhashan Stone) claims the following, the truth of which I'd like to know. ...
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Does the “Nonstop Elevator Hack” work?

I stumbled across this claim pretty often in the last few years. Now the problem is that I wasn't able to reproduce it but maybe it was just because I rarely visit tall buildings with multiple floors ...
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Can ceramic ball bearings function as lethal projectiles inside a bomb? [closed]

In the movie "Act of Valor", there is a scene showing Shabal inspecting suicide bomb vests in a factory. The vests are lined with ceramic ball bearings that function like a claymore mine when ...
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Sharing tool claims files can be “unshared”

A company called Intralinks sells a sharing software that it claims allows you to "unshare": “Favorite” files so you can access them offline UNshare™ gives you the power to instantly revoke ...
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Can NSA's portable surveillance radars emit 1kW of RF energy?

I came across this talk by Jacob Appelbaum, where he revealed some tools used by NSA for the mass surveillance via TAO. At the end of the talk he also added that the NSA could actually beam a 1 kW RF ...
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Do US agents intercept and install spyware on new computers ordered by persons of interest?

In a Fox news article entitled "German magazine claims NSA hacking unit uses powerful methods to obtain data", a magazine article in Der Spiegel is cited as claiming, among other things: ...if the ...
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Do BT routers secretly connect to a NSA/GHCQ network?

Today I was pointed at this document which claims, among other things, that the secret agencies perform man-in-the-middle attacks by using a second network connection established by the home router. ...
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Can cardiac rhythms be used to uniquely identify a person?

Nymi, claims: "Like a fingerprint, your heartbeat is unique", and "Your Nymi lets you use your unique cardiac rhythm to authenticate your identity" Is it true that heartbeats are unique, like ...
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Can mobile phones be tracked when they're switched off?

Seeing as mobile phones aren't sending signals when switched off, is it possible to track a mobile phone when it's switched off? NSA growth fueled by need to target terrorists By September ...
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Do 1.4 million Americans have Top Secret clearance?

One of the claims related to the PRISM scandal is that, regardless what NSA and other agencies assert, leaks are inevitable because of sheer number of people with access to secrets. According to this ...
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Do removable faceplates on car stereos deter theft?

Everyone has probably seen a car stereo head unit with a removable face plate; the idea being you can take the faceplate with you to deter theft. The claim is specifically made in this product ...
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Is there a mechanism to stop theft of supermarket trolleys?

On the supermarket trolley, a notice says that the trolley will stop if you try to take it outside the precincts of the shop. Is it true? Is so, how does it work? Example sign from Hyperorg.com
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Will entering the ATM's PIN in reverse notify the police?

I received a rather intriguing email. It says that if I am at an ATM and I'm in the process of getting robbed, I just enter my PIN in reverse order e.g. 4321 instead of 1234. The ATM will still give ...
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Are locks as easy to pick as in the movies?

Are door locks as easy to pick as in the movies? They seem to only take around 2-3 seconds to pick be it with a credit card or a hairpin. Is this realistic? Or is it simply Hollywood being Hollywood? ...
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Does United States have no technology to allow Internet voting in a secure way?

In 2011, nearly a quarter (24.3%) of participating voters in Estonia cast their ballot by remote electronic voting (that is, on their computer/phone/tablet via the Internet). Several larger ...
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What info should I keep secret to avoid identity theft?

According to the New York State police, All an identity thief needs is any combination of your Social Security number, birth date, address, and phone number. while the UK ActionFraud police (in ...
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Now that Facebook is a PLC does this change the privacy of your profile contents [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Is the trending Facebook “privacy notice” necessary and/or effective? I have noticed several people posts a boilerplate notice on their Facebook wall as fallows: To ...
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Is it possible to recover data on a zeroed hard drive?

Let's assume that I have a modern magnetic (not SSD) hard drive, manufactured within the past ten years, and the hard drive is packed with the only copies of an unpublished paper about cheap cold ...