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33 Dollars and Your Keyboard Might Be Spying on You

Keyboards, they are being used daily, and they are being used to enter our commands to the device that we are using. In this post, we are going to take a look at the various types of ways on how keyboards can be used to capture complete conversations, credentials and financial information.

What is a keylogger

A computer program that records every keystroke made by a computer user, especially in order to gain fraudulent access to passwords and other confidential information. This computer program can be sold as software, but it can also be included in plug and play hardware. Meaning that devices exist that can capture your keystrokes without being installed on your computer.

In the picture above, you can see that for 33 dollars you can already buy a USB keyboard logger, this keylogger will store all the keys that have been provided in a log. This log file can be used by anyone to see if any sensitive information has been passed which can be used.

The popular 104-key Mantistek GK2 Mechanical Gaming Keyboard that costs around €49.66 has allegedly been caught silently recording everything you type on your keyboard and sending them to a server maintained by the Alibaba Group.

How to prevent

  • Check the backside of your desktop which holds the cable to your keyboard. Check if any additional hardware is attached. If so, ask for the system administrator.
  • Check if any weird connections are being made from your computer to the web (Advanced)
  • Do not install any unknown software
  • Do not plugin any USB
  • Only use trusted suppliers (I know – who can be trusted…)

By CWZ

Founder of Cyberwarzone.com.