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: Bloat X Security
by darknexus on Wed 30th Mar 2011 23:48 UTC in reply to "Bloat X Security"
darknexus
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Definitely agree with you. I've done that for years with laptops, though I never have to worry about that with my desktops since they're always self-built. It's usually easier to do a wipe than it is to try to disinfect the machine of the factory bloatware. What exactly do they get out of putting all that crap on there anyway? I doubt it brings the cost of the machines down as most manufacturers claim it does. It's probably just a bit of extra money for them, but does anyone know what the reason is for sure? Some of that bloatware can be more annoying than some malware... and, as we've seen here, it can even *be* malware itself.

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