Linked by David Adams on Wed 30th Mar 2011 16:02 UTC
Privacy, Security, Encryption Hearkening back to the Sony Rootkit brouhaha from a few years ago, a security researcher is claiming in a Network World article that he detected factory-installed keyloggers in two brand new Samsung Laptops. Samsung has made no official response, but a tech support supervisor contacted by the author said that the keystroke logging software was installed by Samsung to "monitor the performance of the machine and to find out how it is being used."
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by WereCatf on Wed 30th Mar 2011 18:53 UTC
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This is an ENORMOUSLY stupid move on Samsung's part. It's pretty clear that monitoring people and their private actions without consent and without notifying them of this is illegal, and the risks of the collected data falling to wrong hands are all the more important if the laptop had been bought for business use.

I definitely predict a class-action suit, and if there is any large business using Samsung laptops I can guarantee Samsung will end up paying quite a bit of money in the end.

I am just amazed at the sheer stupidity of it all. I mean, didn't the Sony rootkit fiasco already discourage these things? Sony still can't live that thing down even after all these years, I can't believe Samsung wanting similar reputation! And hell, anyone with half a brain-cell would have known this is illegal, not to mention that they have legal staff there whom they could have asked about it to be certain.

I should buy one of these just for the sake of suing Samsung for spying on me.

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