If you have a bought a new HP Laptop, your data might not be safe.
A warning was issued by Swiss security researcher ‘ModZero‘ on May 11th 2017, where they discovered an audio driver installed on several HP laptops that contains a keylogger software that records every letter you type into an un-encrypted file on the computer’s hard drive.
Keylogger software: Is a software that records your passwords, websites visited, chat messages etc. Your data can be accessed by anyone who has access to the laptop.
The driver, developed by audio chip maker Conextant, is loaded on more than two dozen models of HP laptops and tablets, including the HP ProBook, Elitebook and ZBook models.
The log file is overwritten every time the computer is restarted and this keylogger has already existed on HP computers since at least Christmas 2015 according to ModZero.
HP said it was aware of the issue but had no access to customer data as a result of it.
“Our supplier partner developed software to test audio functionality before product launch and it should not have been included in the final shipped version,”
HP said in a statement, adding that fixes are available via HP.com.