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Samsung Accused of Installing Keyloggers on Laptops

submitted on March 30, 2011 by siggy38 in "Products / Gadgets"

A user discovered a keylogger pre-installed on two brand-new Samsung laptops that the company admitted was there to "monitor the performance of the machine and to find out how it is being used." He ran a full system scan and found a commercial keylogger called StarLogger.

According to Network World, Samsung has been installing key logging software on its laptop computers. On May 1 Mohamed Hassan, a graduate of the Master of Science in Information Assurance (MSIA) program at Norwich University, discovered an application called StarLogger had been installed on his brand new laptop. He discovered the software was located in the C:WindowsSL folder, and after some investigation, Hassan found it was recording every keystroke, including emails, documents, usernames and passwords.

The two models currently known to contain this software are the R525 and R540. CNET has published a helpful guide on how to remove this software. http://download.cnet.com/8301-.....63-12.html


Read full article here: http://www.neowin.net/news/sam.....on-laptops
              

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    pablos17
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    Posted by pablos17 on March 31, 2011
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    Not cool. My trust in Samsung is no more.
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    laaya
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    Posted by laaya on March 31, 2011
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    Good info. Thank you siggy
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    Posted by clover on March 31, 2011
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    I'm an HP person until something like this happens with them.
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    orangearrows
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    Posted by orangearrows on March 31, 2011
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    thanks for the info
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    CouponNut
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    Posted by CouponNut on March 31, 2011
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    Interesting how the starlogger works, but high-tech spy software is usually installed on state & government office computers to detect whether or not employees are "stealing time" for marginal webbing not job related.

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