Built-in Keylogger – Penetration Strategy?

Built-in Keylogger Found in MantisTek GK2 Keyboards—Sends Data to China by Swati Khandelwal.

From the post:

The popular 104-key Mantistek GK2 Mechanical Gaming Keyboard that costs around €49.66 has allegedly been caught silently recording everything you type on your keyboard and sending them to a server maintained by the Alibaba Group.

Serious keylogging requires more stealth than Khandelwal reports but the idea is a good one.

When renting computers or a furnished office with computers, who is going to check all the systems for keyloggers?

Or if you sponsor a “contest” where the winner gets a new keyboard?

Or upgrades at a Fortune 100 or one of the top law firms includes new keyboards?

Or computers and keyboards are donated for use in public libraries?

Phishing is easier and cheaper than a built-in keylogger for a keyboard but don’t overlook hardware approaches for particularly tough cases.

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