Are The Governments Of The World Spying On Us By Installing Keyloggers In New Computers?

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.

Big Brother

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!

EVERYTHING !

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?

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Comments

  1. haha i like when People say these kind of things, and i believe that its NOT a truth because if they can have that much access to People than why should they dnt catch Pirates red handed. I am pirate my self and i live in USA … Think if they stop Pirates then how much loss they can Recover/stop..

  2. Sounds a good idea but Vista doesn’t come with any repair disks – it’s all on the HD.

  3. Ha ha, nice going. This is bunk.

    The images were stolen off dansdata.com – see the review of the KeyGhost keyboard…

    That assembly shown would never fit inside any modern laptop! There isn’t enough space.

    Also, there’s no GPIO interface on an Ethernet chipset that would take that kind of input. You can’t make it talk to a PIC like that. Believe me, people have tried… there are small microcontrollers that do have PHY interfaces for Ethernet connectivity, but that ain’t one of them.

    KeyGhost is a simple keylogger that goes in between the keyboard and the PC. It logs keystrokes until a secret escape sequence is entered, at which point it “types” out a menu that you can use to dump the data out of it.

    Ahh, fearmongering websites… they’re like the National Enquirer, with 100% more “chemtrail”.

    Now, I’m not saying it’s not possible that computers may not be coming with builtin SOFTWARE keyloggers. I’ve seen some pretty ugly spyware come preloaded on retail-box systems, to the point where the first thing I do after getting one out of the box is to pave its arse with a clean OS and driver install and start clean!

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