It has been revealed by modzero that there is a security flaw in HP Laptops.
The laptops were installed with a keylogger which could make them susceptible to hackers trying to steal credit card and password information.
What is a keylogger?
A keylogger creates a file on your computer that records every key that you press in the order that you press them.
You could for instance type out your full credit card number, expiry day and ccv number and that information would be recorded in the file.
Why did HP do this.
It is not clear why HP installed the keylogger, the file is deleted every time the laptop is rebooted but old versions of the file could be recovered using simple software tools.
What versions are affected?
- HP EliteBook G3 Notebook PC, models 820, 828, 840, 848, 850
- HP ProBook G2 Notebook PC, models 640, 645, 650, 655
- HP ProBook G3 Notebook PC, models 430, 440, 446, 450, 455, 470
- HP EliteBook G3 Notebook PC models 725, 745, 755
- HP EliteBook G1 Notebook PC model 1030
- HP ZBook 15u G3 Mobile Workstation
- HP Elite x2 1012 G1 Tablet, with and without Travel Keyboard
- HP Elite x2 1012 G1 Advanced Keyboard
- HP EliteBook Folio 1040 G3 Notebook PC
- HP ZBook G3 Mobile Workstation HP, models 15, 17, Studio
- HP EliteBook Folio G1 Notebook PC
A statement from HP says :-
“HP is committed to the security and privacy of its customers and we are aware of the keylogger issue on select HP PCs,”
A search for the file MicTray.exe or MicTray64.exe , depending upon whether you are running 32 or 64 bit windows will reveal the issue and deleting that file will prevent further files being created.
If you are concerned about this issue you are welcome to drop into our computer shop and discuss it with one of our technicians.