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November 7, 2007

not sure if its true:

a guy allegedly found some keystroke logging hardware in his brand new computer that sent data to the DHS. i'm wary of the website name "fearthegovernment.com", and the potential of this story resulting in many mangled laptops :: i wish he showed a pic of the original laptop. (submitted by Sephrik)


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I've done some snooping around and found these pictures to be legitimate pictures of the Keyghost keylogger (hoisted from its website). There's a nice description (copied word for word) with these same pictures at http://www.dansdata.com/keyghost.htm.

However, since there are no actual pictures of the device connected directly from the keyboard to the ethernet board and no model laptop is given, I would be highly suspect.

Fortunately, Snopes has already debunked this and suggests that this is simply conspiracy "hoaxlore":

http://www.snopes.com/computer/internet/dellbug.asp

Posted by: Tech at November 7, 2007 10:47 AM

Not too much of a problem these days. The KeyGhost is designed for PS/2 and AT keyboards. Most newer machines, especially mass produced machines like Dell, probably ship with USB keyboards. Since the USB port is wired directly into the motherboard anyway, it's a little harder to get the thing wired in, and there's no guarantee that the customer's going to plug their keyboard into the slot with the key logger on it. It would have to be integrated directly to the motherboard. motherboard design focuses on getting less circuitry into a cramped space. Adding more circuitry for a keylogger would be counterproductive.

The only other way to do it would be to plug the keyboard into the device, and then the device into the USB slot. Anyone with the presence of mind to look behind their computer would notice that.

It's more prudent to be concerned about software based keyloggers now anyway, especially on public computers. For most average home users, worry about spyware and adware before getting paranoid about this.

Posted by: Peregrine at November 7, 2007 11:24 AM

For some reason when i was trying to look up the links posted by Tech, both the snopes and dansdata page didnt load, but then five minutes later they both started to work fine at about the same time, other sites loaded fine during those five minutes... creepy

I think i need to take apart the ol'lappy

Posted by: Chapeau de feuilles d'├ętain at November 7, 2007 11:50 AM

Posted by: Leo at November 8, 2007 2:43 AM

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