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The Advancement of the Keylogger

September 1, 2010 by  
Filed under Customer Service

A keylogger is a program that runs in the bottom of your computer secretly recording all keystrokes. Once you record the keystrokes are hidden for later retrieval by the attacker. The attacker then carefully reviews the information with the hope of finding passwords or other information that might be useful to them. For example, a keylogger can easily obtain additional email addresses confidential and disclose all outside interest groups willing to pay for information.

Keyloggers can be software or hardware based. software-based keyloggers are easy to distribute and infect, but at the same time, are more easily detectable. Hardware-based keyloggers are more complex and harder to detect. For all you know, the keyboard may have a keylogger chip attached and nothing is written is written to a flash memory sitting inside your keyboard. Keyloggers have become one of the most powerful applications used for gathering information in a world where encrypted traffic is becoming more common.

As most advanced keyloggers, the ability to detect them becomes more difficult. It may violate the privacy of a user for months or even years without being noticed. During this time, a keylogger can collect a large amount of information about you that is tracking. A keylogger can potential obtain not only passwords and log-in names, but credit card numbers, bank details, contacts, interests, habits, web browsing, and more. All information collected can be used to steal personal documents, money or even identity.

A keylogger can be as simple as a. Exe y. DLL that is inserted into a computer and enable booting an entry in the registry. On the other hand, more sophisticated keyloggers, such as the Perfect Activity Monitor Keylogger or Bot has developed a full line of nasty abilities including:

Located on the list of processes and invisible in operation
A keylogger driver that captures keystrokes of the nucleus, even when the user disconnects
A remote deployment wizard
The ability to create screenshots of active applications text
The ability to capture HTTP POST data (including log-ins/passwords)
The ability to timestamp record of use of workstations
HTML and export the log file text
Email Automatic log file delivery

All keyloggers are not used for illegal purposes. A variety of other applications have emerged. Keyloggers have been used to monitor web sites visited as a tool for parental control over children. Have been used actively to prevent child pornography and avoid children coming into contact with dangerous elements on the web. Moreover, in December 2001, a federal court ruled that the FBI does not need a special wiretap order to place a recording device keystrokes on a suspect computer. The judge allowed the FBI to keep details of your device to record the secret key (citing national security concerns). The defendant in the case, Nicodemo Scarfo Jr., accused of gambling and predatory lending, uses encryption to protect a file on your computer. The FBI used the record button device to capture Scarfo and password to access the necessary files ….

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