Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 31st Mar 2011 11:32 UTC
Privacy, Security, Encryption Well, this clearly needs to get its own item. Yesterday we linked to a story about how Samsung is supposedly installing keyloggers onto its laptops to track user behaviour. Samsung immediately launched an investigation into the matter, and has come to a rather humbling conclusion: the guy coming up with the story is incompetent, and Samsung has the evidence to prove it.
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That was really unfair...
by Innominandum on Thu 31st Mar 2011 15:31 UTC
Innominandum
Member since:
2005-11-18

It's not fair to publicly label someone as incompetent on a news site. Hassan jumped to conclusions too early and made a terrible mistake. Literally, everyone makes mistakes. The next time you make a hasty mistake, I will write an public new article calling you incompetent. :-)

There's also a lesson to be learned; bringing this 'issue' to Samsung's attention first would have been a classier method of resolution and saved embarrassment.

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RE: That was really unfair...
by Thom_Holwerda on Thu 31st Mar 2011 15:36 in reply to "That was really unfair..."
Thom_Holwerda Member since:
2005-06-29

The next time you make a hasty mistake, I will write an public new article calling you incompetent. :-)


And you'd be right. I've been incompetent on several occasions in the past, and I sure as hell will be incompetent in the future.

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RE: That was really unfair...
by vasper on Fri 1st Apr 2011 10:36 in reply to "That was really unfair..."
vasper Member since:
2005-07-22

I beg to differ. An expert cannot afford to make childish mistakes like this.

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RE: That was really unfair...
by steogede2 on Sat 2nd Apr 2011 13:26 in reply to "That was really unfair..."
steogede2 Member since:
2007-08-17

It's not fair to publicly label someone as incompetent on a news site. Hassan jumped to conclusions too early and made a terrible mistake.


He made a stupid mistake and unfortunately he publicised his findings on the Internet. There is no way to correct this with publicly printing a correction highlighting the stupidity of the mistake.

OSNews is, to some extent, labelling themselves as incompetent - they should really have checked that there was good evidence to backup the claims. I don't think they will be making the same mistake any time soon.

It is a little worrying that this story got any credence. The author has spent years (at least 18 months) studying for a masters degree in Information Assurance and what skills has he come out with at the end of it?
Again, after the initial set up of the laptop, I found the same StarLogger software in the c:\windows\SL folder of the new laptop. The findings are false-positive proof since I have used the tool that discovered it for six years now and I am yet to see it misidentify an item throughout the years.


He has learnt how to run a virus scanner. It seems he has also learnt that they can sometimes provide false positives. How does he verify that it isn't a false positive? Well, he doesn't need to, because the software has never (to his knowledge) reported a false positive in his experience. I don't think I will bother pointing out all the holes in that piece of Swiss cheese reasoning.

The letters after his name are curious, he has an MSc in Information Architecture and a couple of certs CISSP and CISA (a systems auditing degree, primarily for accounts who already hold a CIMA). I wonder what his bachelors was in, if he holds one?

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