Manufacturer installed keylogger

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Turner Radio Network | October 4, 2005


Sadly, this is nothing new or surprising. The government has
been caught time and time again secretly colluding with industry
to force people into their control mechanisms against their will
and without their knowledge. No one wanted a to have their
inspection sticker RFID tagged so that their vehicle could be
tracked, but they rolled out the legislation anyway. We beat it
once, but no doubt it will be back. No body wanted to pay extra
for an automobile black box to monitor their every automotive
move, but the auto industry is doing it anyway. And certainly no
one wanted to have the government track their cell phone and spy
on them, but never the less, it was done and in complete
secrecy. They are aware that we can easily see through their
schemes so they have to hide them. No longer can they simply
invoke "safety" and have the population gladly accept the
invitation to their track and control prison. Now they just do
it and hope no one notices.

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!

Freedom Of Information Act Requests For Explanation From DHS,

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

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 the manufacturer's 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 a computer manufacturer would put this in their
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 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:


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 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 all the world to see before the government
takes some type of action to attempt to have it removed from
public view. I URGE you to take copy of this page immediately
and spread this information to everyone you know immediately!
The more people who find out about this, the more can protect
themselves and raise a HUGE outcry to force government and
computer manufacturers to immediately CEASE installing these
devices in new computers!

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Oh yes,

I would start by mentioning that you should really take that site with a
towering pillar, rather than just a pinch, of salt.

Of course, that's because I'm an Englishman, and as the people at InfoWars
will tell you, that makes me a foreign agent intent on overthrowing the
order of things in the US, under orders from the Queen, who is personally in
charge of the drug trade in the US.

It's a boat-load of garbage.

As usual with the rumours, your best bet to start with is Snopes.  Sure
enough, I go there and search for "Keylogger" and I find:

Read and enjoy.  Many of the other articles are even more amusing.  Amazing
what some people will believe.


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LOL, isn't that the truth

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This has been doing the rounds for awhile; it's just yet another urban
legend (e.g. See: )

Personally, I've always had my suspicions that the original article may
have been written and put out by KeyGhost Ltd in order to promote their

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