Keystroke Logging : Socket To Me Baby!

If you don’t already know what keystroke logging is then you need to read one of my earlier posts about the 5 ways of avoiding keystroke fraud.

Of course using programs to steal keystrokes is old hat and there has to be a new way for cyber criminals to find out what you are typing.




According to an article I read on the BBC’s site today it would appear that there is the potential for keystrokes to be captured via domestic power circuits.

I must admit I had to check the date at first to see if it was April Fool’s Day because it sounded so far-fetched to me but it is indeed true, though still unlikely in my opinion.

Fortunately, I’m safe in any event as I use a USB keyboard and this threat is specific to input devices that use the PS/2 connection.

The article ended by saying that such an attack will be demonstrated at the end of the month at the Black Hat conference in Las Vegas.

I for one will be interested in learning more about this and whether there really is a significant threat posed by non-USB keyboard connections.

Do you think this is something we need to worry about?

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Lee's non-technical background allows him to write about internet security in a clear way that is understandable to both IT professionals and people just like you who need simple answers to your security questions.

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