False positives – that’s the update following the investigation by Samsung and others. I’m personally very glad to hear that – it effectively seems to have come down to malware detection software making the wrong call, and then a supervisor at Samsung making a really wrong call. Anyway, we can all relax now. Privacy – yep, Samsung believes in that, clearly. (Thanks to adrift_in_space for pointing out the correction on the Samsung article over at Network World.)
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It’s articles like this that make me glad that the only Samsung product I have in my house is a TV – and it’s not connected to the internet. It’s downright spooky and creepy. Honestly, you have to read it to believe it. Apparently a Samsung technical support supervisor admits that Samsung knowingly (i.e., deliberately) installed keyboard logging software on their laptops before they were sold so as to:
“monitor the performance of the machine and to find out how it is being used.” If this is true, I see a big and nasty class action lawsuit looming for Samsung. And they’d totally deserve it.