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Keystroke Loggers (Installed In New Laptop Computers)

 
Rwederfoort
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Keystroke Loggers (Installed In New Laptop Computers)
Keystroke Loggers
Installed In New Laptop Computers


Government And Computer Manufacturers Are Caught Installing
Hard-Wired Keystroke Loggers Into All New Laptop Computers.
Device captures everything you type and sends it via your ethernet card to the Dept. of Homeland Security without your knowledge, consent or a search warrant - every time you log on to the internet!

I was opening up my almost brand new laptop, to replace a broken PCMCIA slot riser on the motherboard. As soon as I got the keyboard off, I noticed a small cable running from the keyboard connection underneath a piece of metal protecting the motherboard.

I figured "No Big Deal", and continued with the disassembly. But when I got the metal panels off, I saw a small white heatshrink-wrapped package. Being ever curious, I sliced the heatshrink package open. I found a little circuit board inside.

Being an EE by trade, this peaked my curiosity considerably. On one side of the board, one Atmel AT45D041A four megabit Flash memory chip.

On the other side, one Microchip Technology PIC16F876 Programmable Interrupt Controller, along with a little Fairchild Semiconductor CD4066BCM quad bilateral switch.

Looking further, I saw that the other end of the cable was connected to the integrated ethernet board.

What could this mean? I called the manufacturer's tech support about it. They said, and I quote, "The intregrated service tag identifier is there for assisting customers in the event of lost or misplaced personal information." He then hung up.

A little more research, and I found that that board spliced in between the keyboard and the ethernet chip is little more than a Keyghost hardware keylogger.

The reasons why a computer manufacturer would put this into their laptops can only be left up to your imagination. It would be very impractical to hand-analyze the logs and very CPU-intensive to do so on a computer for every person that purchased a laptop. Why are the keyloggers there? I recently almost found out.

I called the police, as having a keylogger unknown to me in my laptop is a serious offense. They told me to call the Department of Homeland Security. At this point, I am in disbelief. Why would the DHS have a keylogger in my laptop? It was surreal.

So I called them. They told me to submit a "Freedom of Information Act" request.

I have added a LINK to see the Pictures and the LETTER.

Under the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), the only items exempt from public disclosure are "items relating to *law enforcement tools* and techniques" and "items relating to national security."

The real life implications of this are plain: computer manufacturers appear to be cooperating with the Department of Homeland Security to make every person who buys a new laptop computer subject to immediate, unrestricted government recording of everything they do on those computers. EVERYTHING!

This information can be sent to DHS, online, without your knowledge or consent, without a search warrant, or even probable cause! That's why this device is hard-wired directly into the ethernet card, which communicates over the internet!

I am not certain how long this information will be permitted to remain online for the world to see before the government takes some type of action to attempt to have it removed from public view.

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Rwederfoort (OP)

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Re: Keystroke Loggers (Installed In New Laptop Computers)
Everyday When I read more I see that we are not FREE,

THey are watching every thing we do.


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09/17/2009 06:20 PM
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hmm.
fascinating.

We're Watching You!
Gives me warm fuzzies...

Better rebuild that puppy hardware and software pronto.
He who controls the past controls the future, and he who controls the present controls the past. -1984
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09/17/2009 06:21 PM
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fucking bump this shit bump
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09/17/2009 06:24 PM
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I'm going to choose not to let my imagination run wild
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09/17/2009 06:24 PM
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bump
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09/17/2009 06:29 PM
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So what can we do to correct this? I'm not computer savvy enough to open anything!
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09/17/2009 06:33 PM
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So what can we do to correct this? I'm not computer savvy enough to open anything!
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 730536


Here you go!
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09/23/2009 03:02 AM
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bump
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09/23/2009 03:09 AM
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TCP/IP - the Internet Protocol, along with MAC (media access control) Addresses are already sufficient.

Get caught in the Web / Net
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09/23/2009 03:12 AM
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I heard chinese are doing the same thing and they even have a small sattelite antenna inside.
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09/23/2009 03:42 AM
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will it still log my keystrokes if i use an external keyboard?
Wenty

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09/23/2009 03:45 AM
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This is fake..... It's been posted back a few years ago.


[link to www.snopes.com]
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09/23/2009 04:31 AM
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"Twana Blevins," is a real low-life for stealing this story and taking credit. Especially since she/he changes the story to not specifically inform the people as to what device it actually was. Causing paranoia and fear into everybody who has a laptop (of any sort). The model used was a dell 600m laptop

What an idiot.

Original story here.
"I was opening up my almost brand new Dell 600m laptop, to replace a broken PCMCIA slot riser on the motherboard. As soon as I got the keyboard off, I noticed a small cable running from the keyboard connection underneath a piece of metal protecting the motherboard.



I figured "No Big Deal", and continued with the dissasembly. But when I got the metal panels off, I saw a small white heatshink-wrapped package. Being ever-curious, I sliced the heatshrink open. I found a little circuit board inside.



Being an EE by trade, this piqued my curiosity considerably. On one side of the board, one Atmel AT45D041A four megabit Flash memory chip.



On the other side, one Microchip Technology PIC16F876 Programmable Interrupt Controller, along with a little Fairchild Semiconductor CD4066BCM quad bilateral switch.



Looking further, I saw that the other end of the cable was connected to the integrated ethernet board.

What could this mean? I called Dell tech support about it, and they said, and I quote, "The intregrated service tag identifier is there for assisting customers in the event of lost or misplaced personal information." He then hung up.

A little more research, and I found that that board spliced in between the keyboard and the ethernet chip is little more than a Keyghost hardware keylogger.

The reasons Dell would put this in thier laptops can only be left up to your imagination. It would be very impractical to hand-anylze the logs, and very CPU-intensive to do so on a computer for every person that purchased a dell laptop. Why are these keyloggers here? I recently almost found out.

I called the police, as having a keylogger unknown to me in my laptop is a serious offense. They told me to call the Department of Homeland Security. At this point, I am in disbelief. Why would the DHS have a keylogger in my laptop? It was surreal.

So I called them, and they told me to submit a Freedom of Information Act request. This is what I got back: "
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AND THIS IS A HOAX YOU MORONS! STOP TRYING TO INSTILL FEAR AND PARANOIA
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09/23/2009 04:37 AM
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This is total bullshit.

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