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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Comment by neticspace
by neticspace on Thu 31st Mar 2011 06:30 UTC
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Different perspective in South Korea. I think this is more about the national security issue to monitor what the South Koreans use. Remember, every South Korean citizen is monitored by using the nationalidentity card in every major Korean websites except the Korean Wikipedia.

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RE: Comment by neticspace
by WereCatf on Thu 31st Mar 2011 07:45 in reply to "Comment by neticspace"
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Different perspective in South Korea. I think this is more about the national security issue to monitor what the South Koreans use. Remember, every South Korean citizen is monitored by using the nationalidentity card in every major Korean websites except the Korean Wikipedia.


That is not even nearly the same thing, you are just comparing apples and oranges here. In South Korea it's legal for the government to do that, and they don't monitor every single thing you click or type on your computer, even when you're not online.

Samsung is a private company, monitoring people like this is a severe breach of privacy laws, not to mention that they collect all your clicks and keypresses no matter if you're online or not. The data is very, very risky and there's a high likelyhood it'll be used nefariously or that it'll end up in wrong hands.

Ie. it's not comparable at all to South Korea. And I hope Samsung gets their pants sued off them for this.

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RE[2]: Comment by neticspace
by neticspace on Thu 31st Mar 2011 10:02 in reply to "RE: Comment by neticspace"
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2009-06-09

and they don't monitor every single thing you click or type on your computer, even when you're not online.


Actually they do. Private companies must cooperate with the government or else they would be branded as "illegal pro-North group". You need your RRS (Residence Registration Number) from shopping in online retail websites to posting in major websites like Naver, Daum, or Nate. They can search from your button. Cyworld (Korean response to Facebook) lets you expose your cellphone number and address without any restriction. Why? It's because of your RRS is vital for your Korean internet experience.

You want the political background? The National Security Act ("Gukga Boanbeop" in Korean) legalize the basis for mass online surveillance within South Korea.

You need to live in South Korea to believe this. As crazy as it sounds....

Edited 2011-03-31 10:10 UTC

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