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With Apologies to Samsung.
Published on March 30, 2011 By Dr Guy In Personal Computing

A  report out by NetSec Consultants Corp. is reporting that Samsung is installing a hidden keylogger on all their new laptops!  While no official statement has been forthcoming from the company, a support person at the company has confirmed it.

The key logger is invisible to the user and records every keystroke the user(s) makes.  It can then send that information to any email it is set up to work with (or to any email that is hijacked by it).  Keyloggers in a class room (or a marital situation) are one thing.  Perhaps necessary in some cases, the programs are a severe security threat and really bad news!  It can steal all of your credit card information, bank account information, and just about everything that makes you unique (if you do anything on a computer).

I have not bought Samsung laptops in the past.  Given this revelation, I will not be buying any in the future either.  This is one of the biggest blunders a company has done in recent memory.  They have destroyed any trust they may have had with their clientele.


Comments (Page 1)
on Mar 30, 2011

I hope others don't take up that particular habit. I'd really hate to give up my HP lappy. They could easily sneak that in on one of the updates. Nice.

on Mar 30, 2011

A hacker is a hacker, even if the hacker's name is "Samsung". That's pretty disgusting.

on Mar 30, 2011

Worse than the Sony rootkit debacle, if true.  I wouldn't buy any Samsung products if this is independently corroborated.  I suspect it is true, but at the moment it is from just one source.

on Mar 30, 2011

I'm sure if other companies were looked at some of the same would be found, they just ain't been caught yet. 

on Mar 30, 2011

Know any good rootkit killer?

on Mar 30, 2011

Know any good rootkit killer?

Uvah:  http://www.sophos.com/products/free-tools/sophos-anti-rootkit.html

 

As an aside, I wonder if it's on their phones/smart phones as well?

Good find, Dr Guy.

on Mar 30, 2011

Giving Sophos a run.

on Mar 30, 2011

I'm running Sophos root-kit. So far it has identifed several unknown hidden files. Some of them from DesktopX widgets 7, ObjectDesktop 1, Raimeter 4, Glary Utilities 1, I stopped the scan for a looksee. Apparently you have to let the scan finish before you view any of the files. I'll resume it or barring that, do another when there is more time.

on Mar 30, 2011

Why?

The only reason I can think of is the government asked them to. Perhaps the South Korean government wanted a way to spy on others. What a stupid move.

taz is now looking, with suspicion, at his Samsung phone

 

on Mar 30, 2011

I have not bought Samsung laptops in the past. Given this revelation, I will not be buying any in the future either. [/quote]

 

[quote who="Daiwa" reply="3" id="2914862"]Worse than the Sony rootkit debacle, if true.

and that's way Sony don't get my MONEY any more Now Samsung won't get any More of my MONEY (EDIT IF IT'S TRUE)  EVER  and that's how you tell a company too stick it TAKE your money else where 

on Mar 31, 2011

I got shafted by Samsung, Microsoft and AT&T when I bought a Samsung Focus running Windows Phone 7. The damn thing came with microSDHC support that didn't work. All three companies knew about the problem, but do you think they would warn the consumer? NO! I returned the piece of junk and bought an iPhone 4, but I had to eat the $200 I paid for the microSDHC card because Microsoft activates the security feature which makes the card useless in any other application.

I will never buy another Samsung product!

on Mar 31, 2011
on Mar 31, 2011

Laptops usually come with a ton of bloatware, seems Samsung are no different. Format, format, format.

on Mar 31, 2011

tazgecko
Samsung denial http://www.samsungtomorrow.com/1071

 

Time for someone to sue the living shit out of someone else.

I would.

on Mar 31, 2011
NetSec better have very good documentation.
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