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: Wow
by jello on Wed 30th Mar 2011 19:08 UTC in reply to "Wow"
jello
Member since:
2006-08-08

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"
jello Member since:
2006-08-08

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[3]: Wow
by WereCatf on Thu 31st Mar 2011 18:57 in reply to "RE[2]: Wow"
WereCatf Member since:
2006-02-15

Apparently this has again all been false positive. The person who did the "research" -- someone called Hassan -- just assumed that since his anti-malware program VIPRE has never before given false positives it cannot do so now either and didn't actually bother to verify if there even were any files in C:\Windows\SL.

I know I would have checked it, even just out of curiosity, and then more importantly to verify that I don't start spreading falsehoods about someone else.

http://sunbeltblog.blogspot.com/2011/03/samsung-laptops-do-not-have... should prove to be enough reading if anyone is interested.

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