The following email forward has been circulating for quite a while now and is obviously still popular as it arrived in my inbox again yesterday.
This particular one is worded for the benefit of U.S. computer users as it references the Department of Homeland Security but there are plenty of other variants for other countries too.
The email claims that the government has installed keystroke loggers into new laptops (and other computers too presumably) –
GOVERNMENT AND COMPUTER MANUFACTURERS CAUGHT INSTALLING HARD-WIRED KEYSTROKE LOGGERS INTO ALL NEW LAPTOP COMPUTERS!
Devices capture everything you ever type, then can send it via your ethernet card to the Dept. of Homeland Security without your knowledge, consent or a search warrant each time you log onto the internet!
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 computer subject to immediate, unrestricted government recording of everything they do on those computers!
Even though I have an interest in reading about conspiracy theories from time to time I am still pretty certain the above email is a total hoax.
Others, however, are not so convinced – see Fear The Government.
What do you think?