Keylogger found in Dell laptop is a hoax

Why would Dell be shipping Inspiron 600m laptops with integrated hardware keyloggers? Why are the keyloggers hard-wired to the Ethernet port? Where are these keyloggers sending their data? And why would the Secret Service refuse FOIA requests about it?

Update: The answer is, they probably wouldn’t. This is most likely fake. The images appear to have been taken from here, and the letter from Homeland Security is a pretty decent Photoshop job based on this.

However, Dell has been asking customers what they plan to use their computers for, claiming they are required to do so by the PATRIOT Act.

Finally, does your laptop contain a keylogger? If you’re feeling adventurous, open it up, look around, and report back. If you find one, pictures would be really nice.

Update 18 June: Snopes has picked this one up as well. And my request for pictures of a keylogger in your laptop still stands–

One thought on “Keylogger found in Dell laptop is a hoax

  • November 28, 2006 at 10:22 am

    This is one of the goofiest things I have ever heard. I have been working on laptops for the last 4 years and have never seen anything similar to this. First of all, why would the department of Homeland Security bother putting such a jerry-rigged device in new laptops considering that any time any laptop was taken apart the technician would ask questions. Second of all, any network administrator who is at all concerned with security measures would notice huge amounts of increased traffic on the network since hundreds of computers would start “calling home.” This would appear as if each and every one of the laptops were compromised from the network administrators point of view and questions would be asked. Third, why would Homeland Security be interested in the useless garbled nonsense of millions of monkeys chattering away on keyboards and where would they store all of that data? If they are, and I am not saying they aren’t, collecting data, there are much more efficient ways to collect data than with key loggers that can actually be useful to them. The only reason they would resort to key loggers would be if they were trying to “break” into your hotmail account and read your spam.

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