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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marcus0263
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2007-06-02

Big difference, for a rootkit to be installed and run on a *nx system you need to be root. Anyone who gets infected due to running as root deserves it. Simple concept that MS is recently attempting to implement, userland ....

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Morgan Member since:
2005-06-29

Actually that's not entirely true. As BluenoseJake said, privileges can be escalated through the use of suspect userland software. But it is still more difficult by far to do so on alternative OSes compared to Windows. Though, Win7 has made a lot of progress in security too.

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BluenoseJake Member since:
2005-08-11

No, you just need to be hacked using an exploit that will give the cracker root access. It has nothing to do with the user.

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