HP laptops have been logging keystrokes since 2015

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    Becky Webmistress Administrator

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    It has been revealed that HP laptops may have been logging all user keystrokes since December 2015, according to security firm Modzero.


    The logged keystrokes are not sent to an external source, but represent a potential security flaw which could be taken advantage of. Read more at Silicon
     
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    Saw this on Reddit earlier from a different source.

    https://thenextweb.com/insider/2017/05/11/hp-is-shipping-audio-drivers-with-a-built-in-keylogger/

    One piece of info I didn't see mentioned in the article above:

    "Fortunately, this logfile is wiped every time you logout of your system, but as ModZero points out, if you’ve got any kind of incremental backup system in place, you could effectively be creating a permanent record of everything you type, every day."

    Its pretty bad either way though tbh. I'll have to see if I know anyone with a HP device...
     
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    This was either intentional, or incredibly clumsy... neither of which is acceptable. This is the exact sort of thing that ICO / EU equivilent should be clamping down on and slapping companies with huge fines... that may stop them.
     
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