Devices capture everything you ever type, then can send it via your
ethernet card to the Dept. of Homeland Security without your knowledge, consent
or a search warrant each time you log onto the internet!
Freedom Of Information Act Requests For Explanation From DHS, refused.
I was opening up my almost brand new laptop, to replace a broken PCMCIA slot
riser on the motherboard. As soon as I got the keyboard off, I noticed a small
cable running from the keyboard connection underneath a piece of metal protecting
I figured "No Big Deal", and continued with the dissasembly. But when
I got the metal panels off, I saw a small white heatshink-wrapped package. Being
ever-curious, I sliced the heatshrink open. I found a little circuit board inside.
Being an EE by trade, this piqued my curiosity considerably. On one side of
the board, one Atmel AT45D041A
four megabit Flash memory chip.
On the other side, one Microchip Technology
PIC16F876 Programmable Interrupt Controller, along with a little Fairchild
quad bilateral switch.
Looking further, I saw that the other end of the cable was connected to the
integrated ethernet board.
What could this mean? I called the manufacturer's tech support about it, and
they said, and I quote, "The intregrated service tag identifier is there
for assisting customers in the event of lost or misplaced personal information."
He then hung up.
A little more research, and I found that that board spliced in between the
keyboard and the ethernet chip is little more than a Keyghost
The reasons a computer manufacturer would put this in their laptops
can only be left up to your imagination. It would be very impractical to hand-anylze
the logs, and very CPU-intensive to do so on a computer for every person that
purchased a laptop. Why are these keyloggers here? I recently almost found out.
I called the police, as having a keylogger unknown to me in my laptop
is a serious offense. They told me to call the Department of Homeland Security.
At this point, I am in disbelief. Why would the DHS have a keylogger in my laptop?
It was surreal.
So I called them, and they told me to submit a Freedom of Information
Act request. This is what I got back:
Under the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA) the only items exempt from public
disclosure are items relating to "law enforcement tools and techniques"
and "items relating to national security."
The real life implications of this are plain: Computer manufacturers
appear to be cooperating with the Department of Homeland Security to
make every person who buys a new computer subject to immediate, unrestricted
government recording of everything they do on those computers! EVERYTHING!
This information can be sent to DHS, online, without your knowledge
or consent, without a search warrant or even probable cause! That's why this
device is hard-wired directly into the ethernet card, which communicates over
I am not certain how long this information will be permitted to remain
online for all the world to see before the government takes some type of action
to attempt to have it removed from public view. I URGE you to take copy of this
page immediately and spread this information to everyone you know immediately!
The more people who find out about this, the more can protect themselves and
raise a HUGE outcry to force government and computer manufacturers to immediately
CEASE installing these devices in new computers!