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Posted: 10/5/2005 7:33:41 PM EDT
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Freedom Of Information Act Requests For Explanation From DHS, refused.
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!

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 motherboard.

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
Link Posted: 10/5/2005 7:37:57 PM EDT
I think this may have been posted some ago.
Link Posted: 10/5/2005 7:38:37 PM EDT
Link Posted: 10/5/2005 7:38:40 PM EDT

*scrounges around for tin foil*
Link Posted: 10/5/2005 7:38:44 PM EDT
Hahahahahaha, oh brother. I knew this was BS as soon as I saw "halturnershow.com".
Link Posted: 10/5/2005 7:39:22 PM EDT
Link Posted: 10/5/2005 7:43:06 PM EDT
Nameless computer and tech support hangups?
Link Posted: 10/5/2005 7:43:50 PM EDT
Link Posted: 10/5/2005 7:44:14 PM EDT
what brand and thickness Al foil do you recommend? (shiney side in or out?)
Link Posted: 10/5/2005 7:48:13 PM EDT
Link Posted: 10/5/2005 7:49:08 PM EDT
Are the tinfoil hat responses because you think this case specifically is BS or because you don't think something like this could happen?

Doesn't sound so far-fetched to me, but I'd like to see some coroboration.
Link Posted: 10/5/2005 7:49:27 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 10/5/2005 7:51:49 PM EDT by copterdoctor]
FieroLoki is a lot faster than I am.
Link Posted: 10/5/2005 7:50:19 PM EDT

Originally Posted By FieroLoki:

Keyboard Loggers

Claim: Account claims Dell is selling computers with keyboard loggers installed at the behest of the Department of Homeland Security.

Status: False.
Link Posted: 10/5/2005 7:56:52 PM EDT
Rather pathetic what some folks consider newsworthy around here.

Link Posted: 10/5/2005 8:00:28 PM EDT
Link Posted: 10/5/2005 8:17:32 PM EDT
I knew it was bullshit as soon as I saw the "small cable running from the keyboard..." line of shit. Yeah dude, they can't do it via traces on the circuit board - they install a cable for extra cinematic drama. Lame.
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