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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Actually that's not entirely true. As BluenoseJake said, privileges can be escalated through the use of suspect userland software. But it is still more difficult by far to do so on alternative OSes compared to Windows. Though, Win7 has made a lot of progress in security too.

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