HP issues urgent security update after laptops found to secretly save what users type – Telegraph.co.uk
HP did not install the keylogging software deliberately, the researchers said, but it was included as part of a driver for Conexant, whose audio chips are included in the laptops.
The driver monitored keystrokes to look out for users pressing audio control keys to pause or change volume, but monitored and stored the entire keyboard activity. Modzero, the security company that discovered the flaw, said it could also feature on other laptop brands.
Keyloggers are seen as one of the most malicious forms of computer viruses, capable of tracking everything a user types and sending them to hackers remotely. Although there is no suggestion that the HP bug shared any of the data, if a computer was shared or someone got hold of it, a wealth of personal information would be at their disposal.