Researchers at security firm Modzero have discovered the audio driver on certain HP laptops contains a tool best described as a keylogger. This affects the Conexant HD Audio Driver Package, which is preinstalled on 28 HP laptop models, reports BleepingComputer.
One of the files on the audio driver starts a Scheduled Task when a person logs into the computer, and it monitors all keystrokes used to capture and react to functions like the microphone and mute/unmute keys. The feature records all these keystrokes and saves this data to a local file.
Malicious software installed on the computer, or anyone with physical access to the machine, can copy the log file and gain access to past keystroke data. This gives them sensitive data like passwords, previously visited URLs, chat logs, and source code.
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