HP has a horrendous history of ‘accidentally’ leaving Pre-Installed keylogger onto its clients’ laptops. Not long ago, we had revealed how the sound driver pre-installed on a few Hewlett-Packard (HP) laptops contained a built-in keylogger code that recorded all of a user’s keystrokes and stored the information such as usernames and passwords, personal information in a human-readable file.
With a specific end goal to redress this, HP at that point took off patches to remove the keylogger, which additionally erased the log file containing the keystrokes.
Presently, a security researcher named ‘ZwClose’ has claimed of finding comparative built-in keylogger issue in a few HP laptops that enables hackers to record every keystroke of the user and steal sensitive data, including passwords, account information, and credit card details.
The pre-Installed Keylogger was found embedded in the SynTP.sys file, a part of Synaptic touch-pad driver that ships with HP notebook computers, leaving more than 460 HP Notebook models vulnerable to hackers.
Although the pre-Installed keylogger component is disabled by default, hackers can make use of available open source tools for bypassing User Account Control (UAC) to enable built-in keylogger “by setting a registry value.”
Given below is the location of the registry key:
HP was advised with respect to the presence of keylogger part by the researcher a month ago, which was affirmed by the organization who said that it was it was basically “a debug trace” that was left unintentionally and has now been removed.
In its admonitory, HP called the keylogger as a potential, local loss of privacy.
“A potential security vulnerability has been identified with certain versions of Synaptics touchpad drivers that impact all Synaptics OEM partners,”
“A party would need administrative privileges in order to take advantage of the vulnerability. Neither Synaptics nor HP has access to customer data as a result of this issue.”
The organization has released a Driver update for all the influenced HP Notebook Models. On the off chance that you claim an HP laptop, you can search for updates for your model. The rundown of affected HP notepads can be found at the HP Support site.