If you are using an HP Laptop then your personal data may be at great risk. HP just confirmed that 460 models of HP Laptops may have a potential security threat. Researcher Michael Myng, discovered a security issue while experimenting with HP Laptop’s keyboard-backlight settings. Here is what Myng had to say:
“I tried to find HP laptop for rent and asked a few communities about that but got almost no replies,” he said. “One guy even thought that I am a thief trying to rob someone. So, I messaged HP about the finding. They replied terrifically fast, confirmed the presence of the keylogger (which actually was a debug trace) and released an update that removes the trace.”
He found out that there is a disabled Keylogger in most models of HP that could easily be activated through Synaptics TouchPad Driver. Hackers would need administrator privileges in order to enable the Keylogger.
If your laptop is in the list of models that are affected by it then you are at a risk of losing important information and data. But do not worry just yet as there is an easy fix for this. First of all, check if your laptop contains this particular driver on the HP Security Bulletin page.
An updated version of the driver has been released that removes this vulnerability. If you find your laptop on the list then download the updated driver from the link provided next to it.
A keylogger is a program that is generally used to troubleshoot network issues, but some nasty hackers may use it to keep track of everything you store on your PC including login credentials. passwords and credit card details.
You should always keep your software and drivers up to date to be at minimum risk. Stay tuned to TimesOfSilicon for more informative posts related to tech and business.