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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RE: Wow
by jello on Wed 30th Mar 2011 19:08 in reply to "Wow"
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My mate has a beautiful QX410 I bought last November...
The first thing I will do when I come home is to look for this keylogger.

Samsung, here I come!

Nowadays you really can't trust anybody anymore!
Stupid world we live in...

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RE[2]: Wow
by jello on Thu 31st Mar 2011 17:07 in reply to "RE: Wow"
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Just as a follow-up:

I checked the Samsung laptop and there was no "C:\Windows\SL" directory.

This said: I did not find any evidence for such a keylogger...

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RE: Wow
by Praxis on Wed 30th Mar 2011 22:47 in reply to "Wow"
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I am agast right now, a goddamn keylogger. I would have thought any company would know better than that. Thought I would have thought the same about rootkits too. Still this is just beyond the pale. All your password, logins, and credit card numbers were just being sent right to Samsung. I don't know what they did with all that data, but I do know what could be done with that data. All it would take is one unscrupulous employee who sees an opertunity to get himself rich.

Never buying Samsung again.

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RE[2]: Wow
by darknexus on Wed 30th Mar 2011 23:43 in reply to "RE: Wow"
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Never buying Samsung again.

Yeah. It makes me wonder what their phones and tablets have running in the background. If they're willing to do this on laptops, might they also do it to Android and, since they can, incorporate this into the os at the very lowest levels? It'd be a hell of a lot harder to detect and, without a custom rom to flash these devices with, damn near impossible to get rid of.
I'm glad the only thing I have made by Samsung is my DVD burner. I don't think anyone's figured out how to put key loggers in those... at least not yet.

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