Are you a proud owner of any HP laptop then beware — your HP laptop is silently recording everything you are typing on your keyboard.
Switzerland-based security firm Modzero reported that that the keylogger activity was discovered in the Conexant HD audio driver package (version 188.8.131.52 and earlier), found on dozens of HP business and enterprise laptop models, including HP Elitebook, ProBook, and ZBook models including the latest Folio G1 laptop.
The stored keystroke data would likely include records of passwords, websites visited and private chat messages. Anyone with access to the computer using the driver would also have access to that information and other sensitive information, regardless of whether they were authorized to see the data.
ModZero recommends that all users of HP computers “… should check whether the program C:\Windows\System32\MicTray64.exe or C:\Windows\System32\MicTray.exe is installed.” If so, it recommends the executable be deleted or renamed, in order to prevent it from logging keystrokes, although it notes that if you do this, certain special keys may no longer work.
It also recommends that users delete the MicTray log file, as it may contain sensitive information, like passwords and login credentials.
According to HP, “HP is committed to the security and privacy of its customers and we are aware of the keylogger issue on select HP PCs. HP has no access to customer data as a result of this issue. We have identified a fix and will make it available to our customers.”