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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Bloatware
by Alfman on Wed 30th Mar 2011 21:09 UTC
Alfman
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2011-01-28

Factory bloatware is the norm, spying on users though is obviously a step too far.

I remember when Google Toolbar did the same thing...sending every url typed by the user to google. It was bundled into so many sources that, like a virus, it could easily get installed accidentally without the approval of the owner.

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