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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RE[2]: Comment by neticspace
by neticspace on Thu 31st Mar 2011 10:02 UTC in reply to "RE: Comment by neticspace"
neticspace
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and they don't monitor every single thing you click or type on your computer, even when you're not online.


Actually they do. Private companies must cooperate with the government or else they would be branded as "illegal pro-North group". You need your RRS (Residence Registration Number) from shopping in online retail websites to posting in major websites like Naver, Daum, or Nate. They can search from your button. Cyworld (Korean response to Facebook) lets you expose your cellphone number and address without any restriction. Why? It's because of your RRS is vital for your Korean internet experience.

You want the political background? The National Security Act ("Gukga Boanbeop" in Korean) legalize the basis for mass online surveillance within South Korea.

You need to live in South Korea to believe this. As crazy as it sounds....

Edited 2011-03-31 10:10 UTC

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