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Samsung laptop keylogger story is bogus

Posted on Thursday, March 31 2011 @ 21:33:07 CEST by

Yesterday a story was spreading that Samsung is selling laptops with keyloggers to track user behaviour, but evidence has come out that the story is bogus.
Mohamed Hassan, who initially supposedly found the keylogger, ran a security program on his brand new Samsung laptop, and that program came to the conclusion that the keylogger StarLogger was installed in the %SystemRoot%sl. However, Samsung immediately investigated the matter, and came to a rather humbling conclusion. Well, humbling for Hassan, that is.

It's a simple test you can even repeat at home, and several people have confirmed that it indeed works. Basically, what we're seeing here, is a security program giving a false positive. Steps to reproduce Hassan's results are as follows:

  • Create the directory %SystemRoot%sl
  • Download and install VIPRE
  • It will identify the folder created in step 1 as StarLogger
  • Source: OS News



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