Last month HP has announced a recall of over 75k laptop models the bad batteries that have the potential of causing fires. The batteries were shipped between December, 2015 and April, 2018. This issue deals with over 50,000 batteries and affects the following models:
- HP ProBooks (64x G2 and G3 series, 65x G2 and G3 series, 4xx G4 series)
- HPx360 (310 G2), HP Pavilion x360 11-inch Notebook PC
- HP 11 Notebook PC, HP ZBook (17 G3, and Studio G3) mobile workstations.
- The batteries were also sold as accessories or replacement batteries for the HP ZBook Studio G4 mobile workstation
- HP ProBook 4xx G5 series, HP ENVY 15
- HP Mobile Thin Clients (mt21, mt22, and mt31)
“Keylogger‘s are used in IT organizations to troubleshoot technical problems with computers and business networks. They can also be used to monitor the network usage of people without their direct knowledge; they are sometimes used as part of home parental controls. Finally, malicious individuals may use keyloggers on public computers to steal passwords or credit card information.” Reported Bradley Mitchell.
Last week, keylogger was discovered on over 460 different models of HP laptops. The keylogger is disabled by default but is easily enabled under the Windows Registry. Security researcher, Michael Myng, discovered keylogger in an attempt to figure out how to control HP’s laptop keyboard black light. What he discovered has sent a shockwave throughout the industry. The keylogger was capable of recording every keystroke made by a single user. Thankfully, most are disabled by default, as previously mentioned. However, it would be a very simple change to enable it which could make your PC vulnerable to a potential hacker.
The BBC reports that HP has issued a software patch to remove the keylogger. “However, there are over 460 models of HP laptop affected, including those in the EliteBook, ProBook, Pavilion, and Envy ranges, and the keylogger has been present since 2012. The software patch support page lists all models carrying the disabled keylogger.”
HP initially allowed keylogger to be installed on so many laptops to act as a debugging tool on the drive. It was simply an oversight, then disabled but not removed. Leaving several laptops in danger of being hacked.
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