Keylogger installed in HP laptops raised a security concerned among HP users. The news comes from a report of security researcher that HP laptops contained a malicious bug. The malicious bug was identified to be a dormant keylogger.
Keylogger is a malicious program that can record or track all your activities using a computer. The deactivated keylogger in HP laptops poses a threat to thousands of its users. This means that a hacker can actually spy on them.
Aside from spying, hackers can steal their personal and confidential information. In short, keylogger is a nasty program that poses security threat to everyone.
Meanwhile, security experts claim that this dormant keylogger was found in nearly 500 HP laptop models. The presence of bug in these laptops has caused some level of inconveniences to HP users. Upon learning the situation, HP has issued a list that contains laptop models installed with deactivated the malicious bug.
In addition, HP also released a software update that fixes the bug in these HP models. The keylogger was found to be attached in the Synaptics software. What’s HP users should be thankful is that the nasty program is deactivated. This means that a hacker must trigger the activation of the dormant malicious bug via administrative rights.
HP further said that the malicious bug can also affect almost of the Synaptics OEM partners. This means that all laptop brands that utilizes Synaptics might be affected as well.
“HP was advised of an issue that exists with Synaptics’ touchpad drivers that impacts all Synaptics OEM partners. HP uses Synaptics’ touchpads in some of its mobile PCs and has worked with Synaptics to provide fixes to their error for impacted HP systems, available in the security bulletin on HP.com. HP has no access to customer data as a result of this issue,” HP said in its statement.