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Keystroke logging is NOT wiretapping

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So the po-po don't need a warrant. Pulled this from a geek site:
"A federal judge in Los Angeles has dismissed wiretapping charges against a California man who used a hardware keystroke logger to spy on his employer, SecurityFocus is reporting. The court ruled that the device doesn't violate the federal Wiretap Act because it only intercepted signals off a keyboard cable, not an interstate network. The government is asking for reconsideration. Ironically, the judge relied in part on the Scarfo precedent, which allowed the FBI to use such a keylogger without a wiretap warrant."

Thought it was kinda interesting. For those who don't know, a keystroke logger makes a note of every keystroke you make on a keyboard and either transmits them to some log somewhere on the Internet, or just keeps a local log. Great way to steal passwords and identity information, which is why using public terminals is a bad idea when doing any account checking or financial transactions. It does circumvent all security controls, like SSL over HTTP (aka https://) and VPN connections.

Just spreadin' the paranoia :whistle:
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twisty said:
Yea, I wrote a sweet program 2 years ago for a hospital I was working for to keep records of ALL typing done on the doctors computers. It is really slick program. It got alot of Doc's canned or sued. I also have tons of other stuff I make for the sole purpose of FUN... and to get back at people that piss me off.
Good example. Most organizations this intelligent also hide how they know by connecting other more obvious events to fire folks. That way nobody knows that spying is going on.

The easiest way to know is to know an IT guy. Any IT guy should be able to tell you how busy they really are, which is often a good indicator of the likelihood that monitoring is going on. After all, it takes time to read ALL the data a person types in each day.
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