Device captures everything you type and sends it via your Ethernet card to the Dept. of Homeland Security without your knowledge, consent or a search warrant – every time you log on to the internet!
I was opening up the almost brand new laptop that had been given to my wife, 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 motherboard.
I figured “No Big Deal”, and continued with the disassembly. But when I got the metal panels off, I saw a small white heatshrink-wrapped package. Being ever curious, I sliced the heatshrink package open. I found a little circuit board inside.
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. They said, and I quote, “The integrated 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 why a computer manufacturer would put this into their laptops can only be left up to your imagination. It would be very impractical to hand-analyze the logs and very CPU-intensive to do so on a computer for every person that purchased a laptop. Why are the keyloggers there? 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. 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 laptop 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.
DHS! who knows, still scary anyway!